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Bishop Malone names two to Catholic schools advisory board
Thursday, September 04, 2014 by Office of Communications

A well-respected educator and a human resources expert have been named by Bishop Richard J. Malone to the Catholic Schools Advisory Council. Members of the council serve on committees aimed at updating the current diocesan Catholic school strategic plan, Faith in Tomorrow, which was designed to strengthen and grow Catholic elementary education in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Robert T. Scott, AFSC, president of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, is beginning his 44th year of service at the Christian Brothers’ school. He first served as a religion and social studies teacher, then as vice principal for student affairs, principal, and now president. In addition, he has served on the Board of Regents at Canisius College and is presently a board member of the NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo and Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse. Scott is a member of the Mission Education Council of the Christian Brothers’ District of Eastern North America. He was awarded Letters of Affiliation as a member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 2001.

Bishop visits students at SS. Peter & Paul on first day of classes
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone watches an exothermic reaction take place with fifth-grade teacher Carol Quinn and student Phillip Attea.

The bishop visited SS. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville on Wednesday morning and greeted students on their first day back to school.  Following an assembly, he toured a STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, math) classroom.

The STREAM initiative is being launched in Catholic elementary schools across Western New York.  SS. Peter & Paul School is one of 10 STREAM pilot schools.

(Photo by Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)

34th Annual Rosary Crusade scheduled for September 21
Monday, August 25, 2014 by Office of Communications

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston, will be the site of the 34th Annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace. The event, which will take place from 2-3:30 p.m., is sponsored buy the Niagara Council of Catholic Women of the Diocese of Buffalo. This year’s theme is “Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, intercedes for all humanity.”

Msgr. David LiPuma, pastor of St. Peter Parish, Lewiston, will serve as this year’s homilist. Msgr. J. Thomas Moran, pastor of St. Bernard Parish, Youngstown, will be the moderator and Dolores Laurrie of Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish, Niagara Falls, will serve as the crusade’s chairperson. 

“Our Daily Bread” features Baker Victory’s WAY program
Friday, August 22, 2014 by Office of Communications

The September episode of “Our Daily Bread” will feature Sharon Cavanaugh, director of the Work Appreciation for Youth (WAY) program at Baker Victory Services, and James Stone, a graduate of the program. They join Father Paul D. Seil, show host, on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 a.m. and noon. “Our Daily Bread,” the monthly cooking show produced by Daybreak TV Productions of the Office of Communications, airs on WKBW-TV Channel 7.

“When the producer of the show called to invite us to cook with Father Paul, I was so excited to have the opportunity to share the WAY program and all the great things we do,” said Cavanaugh. “The culinary program at Baker Victory Services provides hands-on training for youth interested in working in the community. This program prepares our students for the transition into the world of work and how to be successful with that transition by providing transferrable skills.”

Bishop Malone to celebrate Red Mass at downtown cathedral
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Office of Communications

Buffalo’s Bishop Richard J. Malone will be the main celebrant at the annual Red Mass for those involved in the legal and judicial systems. This special Mass will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 12:05 p.m. in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. Hon. William M. Skretny, chief U.S. district judge for the Western District of New York, will offer remarks at the close of Mass.

Area judges, lawyers and public officials of all faiths, their staffs and all members of the community are encouraged to attend.

2014 Labor Day statement focuses on unemployment among young people
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archbishop Wenski reiterates Pope Francis’ call for an inclusive economy

Says college debt, lack of stable jobs keeping young people from starting families

Calls for increased solidarity, more and better jobs, immigration reform

WASHINGTON—The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis’ teaching against an “economy of exclusion” and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States.

“For those fortunate enough to have jobs, many pay poorly. Greater numbers of debt-strapped college graduates move back in with their parents, while high school graduates and others may have less debt but very few decent job opportunities,” wrote Archbishop Wenski. “Pope Francis has reserved some of his strongest language for speaking about young adult unemployment, calling it ‘evil,’ an ‘atrocity,’ and emblematic of the ‘throwaway culture.’”

Archbishop Wenski added, “Meaningful and decent work is vital if young adults hope to form healthy and stable families.” He noted that in other countries unemployment among young adults reaches as high as three to four times the national average.

Remembering the moments when God was present
Monday, August 11, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Remembering the highs and lows of your life, and reflecting on how God was with you even then, was the theme of Bishop Richard J. Malone’s homily Sunday morning, as he celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Bishop Malone recalled attending a retreat when he was instructed to take a piece of paper with a line drawn across it – meant to represent a person’s timeline – and find a quiet place to think about his life.

“(The retreat director) wanted us as an assignment to go to a quiet place for a while and prayerfully think back as far back as we could to our own lives, our own personal histories, and try to remember and identify those moments; those events, those experiences when in hindsight, only looking back, that we can now see that God is very much present and involved in our lives,” Bishop Malone said. “An involvement that most often, at least in my life, that I was probably not aware of at the time, but looking back through the perspective of many years, you see these many moments in our lives that are ‘Aha!’ moments.”

National Religious Retirement Office Gives $24 Million to Orders in Need
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Washington—The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) distributed more than $24 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities in June and July. The funds were made possible by the annual Retirement Fund for Religious collection, which was held in the majority of U.S. Catholic parishes last December. The collection raised nearly $28.4 million and benefits some 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders.

Catholic bishops in the United States launched the Retirement Fund for Religious in 1988 to address the profound deficit in retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. The NRRO coordinates the annual collection and distributes the proceeds to eligible communities. The organization is sponsored by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Traditionally, Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests – known collectively as women and men religious – served for small stipends that did not include retirement benefits. As a result, many religious communities now lack adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Allocations from the Retirement Fund for Religious supplement a community’s income and retirement savings.

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.

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