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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.”     

Students, parents, educators rally to support Education Investment bill
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by Robert J. Bellafiore

Led by Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, hundreds of students, parents and educators rallied today to urge Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers to approve legislation that will increase charitable donations to public schools and scholarships for low-income and working family students looking to attend parochial and other private schools.

“Governor Cuomo told New York’s Bishops in March that he’d fight for this legislation in the state budget. But when the budget was done, there was no tax credit to be seen,” Bishop Malone said. “We’re more than disappointed. We can’t let Catholic school families and families who want Catholic schools be treated as second-class citizens.”

Bishop Malone urged Governor Cuomo and state legislators to approve the tax credit bill before they break for the summer and the fall campaign season.

The Education Investment Tax Credit has broad bipartisan support, including support from virtually every member of the Western New York delegation in Albany.

Bishop Malone said had this been enacted sooner, it would have likely lessened the need for the recent restructuring of schools in the diocese; 10 Catholic elementary schools will be closing at the end of the school year.

Vatican upholds school closing decision
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Office of Communications

The Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld Bishop Richard J. Malone’s Jan. 15, 2014, decision to close St. Bernadette School (Orchard Park), St. Francis of Assisi School (Tonawanda) and St. Mary of the Lake School (Hamburg).

In response to the appeals of each of the schools, the congregation wrote the appeals cannot be accepted, “and confirms the legitimacy of the Bishop’s decision to close the schools as part of the diocesan plan for the viability and good distribution of Catholic schools of the diocese.”

Bishop Malone issued the following statement:

I am relieved that the Congregation for Catholic Education has upheld my decision, which was based on extensive research and analysis. It reinforces the authority of the diocesan bishop to make decisions of this nature and reflects my obligation as bishop to take into consideration all Catholic education in Western New York when determining the reconfiguration of our Catholic elementary schools.


The students of Aimee Bloom’s afterschool computer club at Queen of Heaven School in West Seneca found a creative way to adapt to the diocese’s new school configuration.

Mount St. Mary Hospital to join Catholic Health
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by News Release

Catholic Health, Ascension Health and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center have agreed in principle to formalize a comprehensive agreement to have Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston become a full member of the Catholic Health System. Mount St. Mary’s is currently part of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic health system. Catholic Health is a member of Ascension Health, CHE Trinity Health and the Diocese of Buffalo.

Mount St. Mary’s will join Catholic Health’s other regional hospitals, which include Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital and its St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, and its affiliate member, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville. The Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence will remain part of Ascension Health.

World looks to Rome with double canonizations this weekend
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Catholics around the world are preparing for an extra special Divine Sunday this year, as Pope Francis will canonize two of his predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, at the Vatican.

The canonization of these two influential Church leaders of the modern era is an historic event, as both popes made a significant impact on the Church and the world. Pope John XXIII led the Church through the Second Vatican Council from 1962-1965, "throwing open the windows of the Church." More recently, Pope John Paul II, who had the second longest pontificate in Church history (1978-2005), was a charismatic and popular pope who traveled extensively, inspired Catholics worldwide, met with religious leaders from other faiths, and helped to end Communism in Easter Europe.

Diocese renews itself with Chrism Mass
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Although it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, the annual Chrism Mass during Holy Week is one of the most important dates of the Catholic year, as priests joined Bishop Richard J. Malone at St. Joseph Cathedral Tuesday night to renew themselves.

“It’s one of the most festive, beautiful and meaningful liturgies of the year, both in every diocese and in our own,” Bishop Malone said. “The Chrism Mass is a unique manifestation of who we are and what we are about as Church. It’s just so good that we’re here.”

Catholic Charities raises 82.3 percent of goal
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Catholic Charities

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal today, revealing $8,886,816.65 has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2014.

Today’s total represents 82.3 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly ahead of last year at this time when 80.2 percent of goal was reached

A New Era Begins for the Catholic Directory
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Office of Communications

Catholic Directory Diocese of BuffaloEntering the digital realm for the first time, the Catholic Directory for the Diocese of Buffalo is now available entirely online as a free PDF document at and via the menu sidebar or Parishes tab on the Diocesan website. Anyone connected to the Internet now has access at no cost to the valuable contact and statistical information contained in the Diocesan Directory.

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