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USCCB Chairman Calls on President Obama, Central American Presidents to Protect Children & Families
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, today called upon President Obama and the Central American presidents to protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region. On July 25, Presidents Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala, Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras are slated to meet with President Obama at the White House to discuss the current humanitarian challenge.

“The leaders should focus upon the protection of these children and families, as they are charged with as the heads of their nations,” said Bishop Elizondo. “Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, they should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States.”

“Over the long-term,” Bishop Elizondo said, “a strategy must be devised to address the violence and lack of opportunity in the countries of Central America. Specific attention should be paid to helping at-risk youth remain safe and access opportunity at home,” he said.

Hobby Lobby and ENDA
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Archbishops Salvatore J. Cordileone, William Lori & Thomas Wenski and Bishop Richard J. Malone

The Washington Post reported July 8 that the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups were no longer supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The reason, said the executive director of one of the lead organizations: the Hobby Lobby decision opens the door for private companies to determine that “LGBT people are not equal…and fire them.”

But the Hobby Lobby decision does no such thing. The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was an application of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which requires that, if the federal government wants to impose a “substantial burden” on the religious exercise of its citizens, it must prove that the burden serves a “compelling government interest” and does so by the means “least restrictive” of religious exercise.

The decision was the Court’s recognition that in the case of the HHS contraceptive mandate the government failed to use the “least restrictive means” of providing coverage for certain contraceptives. The Court deliberately said nothing about whether the government had a “compelling interest” in requiring that coverage. In any event, the current debate about ENDA does not focus on its interplay with RFRA, but instead on whether ENDA itself should have any exemption for religious employers – as all prior versions have – and if so, how broad it should be.

Recent clergy announcements
Sunday, July 13, 2014 by Chancery

Bishop Richard J. Malone announced that Father Innocent Onwukwe Diala has been appointed administrator of Mary Immaculate Parish, East Bethany and Pavilion, for a term of five years. Also, Father John Staak, OMI, a religious order priest, has been appointed to a full-time faculty position and member of the Formation Team at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

The bishop also announced the first diaconal assignments for the newly ordained permanent deacons. Each assignment is for a term of three years.

Deacon Paul H. Bork has been assigned to diaconal ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Tonawanda, and a ministry of charity at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, Buffalo.

Deacon Charles D. Esposito has been assigned to diaconal ministry at SS. Peter & Paul Parish, Williamsville, and a ministry of charity at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Williamsville.

Bishop Malone observes Fortnight, Rosary Novena for Life
Saturday, June 28, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

An early Mass at St. Rose of Lima Parish in North Buffalo celebrated two important tenants of the American Catholic faith, as Bishop Richard J. Malone observed the Fortnight for Freedom and Rosary Novena for Life Saturday morning.

During his homily, Bishop Malone noted the similarities in both issues, calling abortion “an erosion of the broad, common commitment to the right for life. It’s unthinkable that we have that now. Along with that, we face challenges to our right of religious liberty.”


St. Anthony Mausoleum and Chapel

Phase three of the chapel mausoleum complex at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheektowaga was completed on June 21, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided over the Mass and dedication of the St. Anthony Chapel Mausoleum.

“This blessing today of this beautiful mausoleum is really a celebration of one of the most glorious truths of our Christian faith – the Creed,” Bishop Malone said during his homily.  “What we proclaim every single Sunday culminations of the proclamation of the resurrection of the dead on the last day and life everlasting.” read more...
Bishop Malone ordains eight to permanent diaconate
Saturday, June 14, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone with new deacons














Joy filled St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Saturday (June 14, 2014) as nearly 1,000 priests, permanent deacons, family and friends gathered for the imposition of hands by Bishop Richard J. Malone, as eight men were ordained to the Holy Order of Deacon for the Diocese of Buffalo.

Prior to the Mass, Bishop Malone met with each deacon and his wife, welcoming them to their ministry giving them their assignments, which include a parish and a ministry of charity.  The newest members of the clergy and their assignments.

Local men to be ordained permanent deacons
Friday, June 13, 2014 by Office of Communications

Top Row: Paul H. Bork, Jeffrey D. Forster, James R. Waggoner, Steven R. Schumer

Bottom Row: Charles D. Esposito, Paul C. Kulczyk, Daniel J. Tyler, Michael J. Ficorilli


On June 14, Bishop Richard J. Malone, through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands, will confer the sacrament of Holy Orders of Deacon upon eight area men. The ordination takes place at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo.

Kenmore resident Paul H. Bork attended the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Wadham’s Hall Seminary College, Ogdensburg; and a master of arts degree in pastoral ministry from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora. He and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Laura and Emily, and are members of St. Andrew Parish, Kenmore, where he has served as Eucharistic minister and lector as well as a member of the Parish Outreach Program.

Bishop ordains two priests
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch, Western New York Catholic

A full house at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo celebrated a beautiful day in both weather and spirit, as the diocese welcomed two new priests from A to Z.

Father John Adams and Father Bryan Zielenieski became the two newest priests in the diocese, as Bishop Richard J. Malone ordained the two men during a special Mass on Saturday morning. Family, friends and others packed the cathedral to witness the special event in the lives of these two men, as Bishop Malone told the audience that God Himself chose them to their new vocations.


Few would argue the power of the media today and the emergence and influence of social media can hardly be denied. Like most things in life, there are pros and cons to this. But everyone can agree that by using some form of media, one can get the word out. The men and women of the diocesan Office of Communications use the media to their advantage everyday to spread the Good News, the teachings of Pope Francis and the church, what’s happening in the Diocese of Buffalo and with Buffalo’s bishop, Bishop Richard J. Malone.

In order to do their job, fulfill their ministry and inform area Catholics, they rely on donations to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). Each year, since 1979, dioceses across the country have participated in this special collection to support both local communication efforts and national projects. The collection is unique in that 50% of what is raised stays in the diocese. The remainder is sent to the national office to fund the development and production of a wide range of media initiatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and to help developing nations in their communications work.

In 2012, almost $4 million was sent to the national office of which 78% was used for diocesan and national projects. Sixteen percent accounted for special initiatives and six percent was for developing nations.

This year, the annual Catholic Communication Campaign will be taken up in Buffalo diocesan parishes on the weekend of June 7 and 8.

Locally, the diocesan communications’ office utilizes a wide range of media outlets. The Western New York Catholic, the award-winning monthly diocesan newspaper tells the story of what is happening in the eight counties of the diocese. It’s available at all parishes on the first Sunday of the month. Their companion website,, features timely articles as well as a digital version of the paper.


In October 2013, the Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, ordained two seminarians as transitional deacons. On Saturday, June 7, Bishop Malone will ordain these men to the priesthood.  The ordination of Rev. Mr. John W. Adams and Rev. Mr. Bryan J. Zielenieski will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Both men earned a master’s degree in divinity and graduated from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, on May 9.

Both Deacon Adams and Deacon Zielenieski came to the priesthood after having a career in the secular world. Deacon Adams spent decades working with families and individuals with special needs or teaching and/or counseling in several colleges. He has been a school psychologist, college professor, psychological consultant and a psychologist counseling primarily families with members who were deaf or developmentally disabled.

A Pennsylvania native, Deacon Adams also holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Pennsylvania State University and both a master’s degree and doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He loved the work he did before entering the seminary, but he felt something was lacking in his life. “I felt a strong need to bring people closer to God and live my life in faith.”     

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