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Hundreds welcome three new priests to the diocese
Saturday, June 06, 2015 by Mark Ciemcioch

Three men entered a special brotherhood Saturday morning, as Bishop Richard J. Malone ordained Father Lukasz Kopala, Father Thomas Michael Mahoney and Father Daniel Ehijiator Ogbeifun into the priesthood during a Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

“Thank you very sincerely for hearing the Lord’s Call, and for saying yes,” Bishop Malone told the three new priests. “A ‘yes’ that you will repeat every day of your lives from this time on. I express as well my gratitude, and that of the Diocese of Buffalo once again, to everyone who’s walked the journey of formation with you since you were little boys. Dear brothers, you know well, as men of deep faith, that something profoundly mysterious and radically transforming, is about to happen to your lives.”

Design for papal altar in D.C. revealed
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 by The Catholic University of America

Tuesday afternoon Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, and other dignitaries were on hand to publicly unveil the design for the altar Pope Francis will use at his outdoor Mass on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C.

A jury selected designs for the altar furnishings to be used at the Mass the pope will celebrate on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, overlooking the Catholic University Mall. The altar, ambo, and chair were designed as part of a competition at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and the Basilica.

A six-member jury composed of representatives from the archdiocese, Basilica, and Catholic University selected the first-, second-, and third-place winners as well as four honorable mentions.

In addition to Cardinal Wuerl, the public announcement of the winning design at CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning featured University President John Garvey; Monsignor Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica; Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chair of the jury; and Randall Ott, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

The first-place design features arches that mimic the architecture of the Romanesque-Byzantine style Basilica. The chair designed for the Pope features a simple high arch “designed to bring focus not on itself, but on the Vicar of Christ himself who will preach from it,” the team stated in their concept. Members of the winning design team include architecture students Ariadne Cerritelli (Bethesda, Md.), Matthew Hoffman (Pittsburgh), and Joseph Taylor (Eldersburg, Md.).

“As we make plans for Pope Francis’s visit here to Washington this September and the Mass he will be celebrating on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, it is a joy to be here today as we announce the winning design for the furnishings that will be used at that Mass,” said Cardinal Wuerl. ”The creativity, beauty, and thought that went into each of the submitted designs is a visible sign of God’s grace at work among us in a unique way. We look forward to our Holy Father’s visit here as a time to be confirmed more fully as missionary disciples of our Lord,” he said.



In the final days of this legislative session in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo and key legislators are leading the fight to enact the Education Tax Credit. The governor's plan, called the Parental Choice in Education Act, willl help keep Catholic schools affordable. The Act provides $150 million in education tax credits annually that will provide:

  • Tax credits directly to low-income families who send their children to Catholic and other schools,
  • Scholarships to students from low- and middle-income families to attend a school of their choice,
  • Donations to public schools for enhanced educational programming,
  • Tax credits to teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses.
Bishop Malone to ordain three men to the priesthood
Monday, June 01, 2015 by Office of Communications

Three transitional deacons will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 6, by Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo. The Mass will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St. in downtown Buffalo, at 10 a.m.

Bishop Malone will confer holy orders on Rev. Mr. Lukasz Kopala, Rev. Mr. Thomas Michael Mahoney and Rev. Mr. Daniel Ehijiator Ogbeifun through the invocation of the Holy Spirit and the imposition of hands.

Deacon Kopala, 35, a native of Poland, is the second of three sons born into a very religious family. After seriously considering the priesthood in college, he applied to the seminary without telling his family. Although they were apprehensive at first, they saw how much happier he was a few months later and accepted his decision. He came to the United States and began his studies at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Mich. His route to the priesthood led him to Buffalo where he studied the English language at the State University of New York at Buffalo in addition to his classes at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora.

Deacon Kopala was assigned to St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Niagara Falls, for his pastoral year and previously served at Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster; St. Michael, Warsaw; St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston; and the Response to Love Center, Buffalo.

Diocese welcomes three new deacons
Sunday, May 24, 2015 by Patrick J. Buechi

John Owczarczak, Peter Donnelly and David Armstrong join Bishop Richard Malone on the altar during the ordination to the diaconate at St. Joseph Cathedral. (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer) 

The Diocese of Buffalo welcomed three new permanent deacons on May 23, when Bishop Richard J. Malone ordained David C. Armstrong, Peter J. Donnelly and John A. Owczarczak at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

With Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz and Bishop Emeritus Edward U. Kmiec, as well as a dozen or so priests, concelebrating, Bishop Malone thanked God for blessing the diocese with these three men who studied at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora.

Bishop Malone to ordain three deacons on Saturday
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by Office of Communications


Three men, with eight children among them, will be ordained at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Through the imposition of hands by Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, these men will become permanent deacons, joining more than 130 other deacons in the diocese.

David Charles Armstrong, Peter James Donnelly and John Alois Owczarczak, have spent the past several years studying at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, to reach this point. They’ve taken classes, been on retreats, worked in ministry at parishes, health care facilities and diocesan offices, all in preparation to serve the Church. Two of the candidates currently are employed, one is retired, and all have the blessings of their wives to dedicate their time to the Church.

Armstrong, a retired teacher from Corry, PA, is a parishioner at Christ Our Hope Parish in French Creek. He found his field ministry to be particularly enlightening.

“My experiences have given me a more profound understanding and appreciation for others, especially those with addictions and the elderly,” he said. “My ministry assignments have aided in my understanding of what I was taught in class. This was done by the practical application of those teachings, my witnessing the positive effects they had on those to whom I ministered, and the responses from those individuals of when they recognized God working through me.”

Welcome to the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Buffalo
Monday, May 18, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Welcome to the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Buffalo

Diocese to host national catechetical convention
Friday, May 15, 2015 by Office of Communications

“Encounter the joy of the Gospel!” is the theme of the 79th annual National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), to be held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center May 18-21.

About 500 religious education leaders from across the nation will participate in learning sessions and hear from a number of national catechetical leaders.

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, will talk about the spirituality of Gospel-based leadership. Bishop Malone is a national expert on catechesis and evangelization, and also serves as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

“This conference is inspired by Pope Francis and the tone he sets for the Catholic Church,” Bishop Malone said. “Through our New Evangelization, we are grateful to our catechetical leaders who embrace the full vision of what it means to be Catholic as they go forth, spreading the Gospel message.”


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Richard J. Malone joined together today to introduce the Parental Choice in Education Act, a revised version of the Education Tax Credit bill. Educators and students alike gathered together at Eggertsville Youth and Community Center to hear of the common goal of religion and government.

The bill has three main points. It sets up a tax-deductible scholarship fund for religious organizations to get donations to provide scholarships to low- and middle-income students. Secondly, parents who pay for tuition at religious or parochial schools will get a tax deduction, making tuition more affordable. Third, it allows a $200 tax credit to every teacher in public and private schools for out of pocket expenses used for school supplies.

“Education is the civil right issue of today,” Cuomo said. “You tell me what kind of education you had, and I can tell you what kind of future you will have. The promise of this country was opportunity for all. You come here and we will work with you to do the best you can with your God-given talent. That’s what America is all about. That’s what New York is all about.”

Cuomo said parents should have the power to make a choice of where their children are educated. Affordable education allows for a greater choice.

“If the school is closed, then you don’t have the option of sending your child to that school. In many of the schools, the tuition is too high to pay,” he said. “Lower-income families and middle class families in this economy, as hard as it is, they can’t afford to pay all the bills and then pay tuition for a religious school or a parochial school. So you really have no choice, unless you have the options.”

Police Memorial Mass
Monday, May 11, 2015 by Office of Communications

Local, county, state and federal law enforcement officials, as well as police officers from Canada, gathered Monday morning at St. Joseph Cathedral for the annual police Memorial Service, held in conjunction with National Police Week. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop emeritus of Buffalo, and Father Peter Drilling, cathedral rector, represented the Diocese of Buffalo.

The chaplains of the Buffalo Police Department will host and preside at the service. Area police department chaplains will also take part. During the service, the names of fallen police officers were read.


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