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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 http://www.buffalodiocese.org/directory 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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Diocese to appeal Vatican decree on St. Ann Church
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Office of Communications

In a decree dated Jan. 7, 2014, the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the appeal of former St. Ann parishioners, who argued against the reduction of St. Ann Church in Buffalo to profane (non-religious) use. The decree also prohibits any potential developer from repurposing the property.  Bishop Richard J. Malone is reviewing the decree, and said the diocese will file an appeal before the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest juridical body.  It will also be up to the bishop to decide what will happen with the use of St. Ann Church in the interim.

Demolition has never been our driving force or our goal, which is to preserve the space by development for other than religious purposes.  A successful appeal of the decree would allow the diocese to pursue its priority for St. Ann:  to find a suitable buyer for the church, with the goal of stabilizing the structure and ensuring that it is a community asset.  The diocese remains in conversation with Preservation Buffalo Niagara regarding possible future uses for the entire St. Ann complex, which includes the church, former school and convent.

All activities at the church were suspended on April 30, 2012, due to the deteriorating condition of the Gothic Revival architectural style church which opened in 1886.  Subsequently, on Aug. 18, 2013, the Diocese of Buffalo announced the church would be razed due to severe interior and exterior deterioration, with re-construction costs estimated at between $8 million and $12 million. read more...
Bishop Malone announces revitalization of Catholic elementary schools
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Office of Communications

Three years of exhaustive research, collaboration and consultation culminated today (Jan. 15, 2014), with the announcement by the Diocese of Buffalo of the implementation of "Faith in Tomorrow," the strategic vision for Catholic elementary schools.

Bishop Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, said the diocese and The BISON Fund are collaborating on a plan to fund new scholarships for students who have applied to transfer out of low performing Buffalo elementary schools. "We are involved in preliminary discussions with the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund regarding a scholarship program which could potentially increase Catholic school enrollment and positively affect the future of our elementary schools.

As part of the revitalization of schools, Bishop Malone has accepted the recommendations to keep open all Catholic elementary schools in Buffalo, while 10 Catholic elementary schools outside the city will close this June, marking another step in the implementation of "Faith in Tomorrow.

"Regarding the school closures, this will be a difficult decision for many to accept, but these reductions are necessary and will allow us to sustain and eventually strengthen our remaining Catholic elementary schools," Bishop Malone said. "This is an important responsibility I bear as bishop. I am grateful to the Catholic School Advisory Council, pastors, principals and other lay advisors who spent a tremendous amount of time and effort during this planning effort."

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Actor Brian Dennehy narrates documentary of Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Office of Communications

Most Western New Yorkers are familiar with Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna and Venerable Nelson Baker, the man who was responsible for building the magnificent church. But how exactly do you go about building a basilica?

Daybreak TV Productions, the television component of the Diocese of Buffalo’s Office of Communications, decided to look into just that. With a grant from a privately-funded donor, Daybreak producers logged hundreds of hours of research and interviews from architects, a former trustee for the Western Reserve Architectural Historians and even the vice postulator for the cause of the canonization of Father Nelson Baker.

At noon on Sunday, Jan. 19, WKBW-TV Channel 7 will air "Building a Basilica," a documentary about the four-year process to build the marble church designed by architect Emile Uhlrich, a French orphan who moved to the United States at the age of 18 and later set up a successful architect business in Cleveland, Ohio. The program is narrated by television and movie actor Brian Dennehy, a 1999 Tony Award winner for his portrayal of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman."

 

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Bishop Malone delivers Invocation at New York State Senate session
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered the Invocation at the opening of the 2014 Legislative session for the New York State Senate on Jan. 8, 2014. Bishop Malone was invited to Albany to by Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo.

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Pope Francis appoints Bishop Robert Deeley 12th Bishop of Portland
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Dave Guthro, Communications Director, Diocese of Portland

Bishop Robert DeeleyPORTLAND---Pope Francis has appointed the Most Rev. Robert P. Deeley, J.C.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston, as the 12th Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

The Holy Father’s appointment was announced on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6 a.m. EST at the Vatican. The date of Bishop Deeley’s Installation Mass will be Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

“As I prepare to serve the faithful of the Diocese of Portland as their new bishop and shepherd, I wish to offer my gratitude first to our Holy Father Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and responsibility and to Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who has taught me much of what it means to be a faithful shepherd through his word and example,” said Bishop Deeley in a statement. “Kindly pray for me and for all God’s holy people that we may be what the Lord calls us to be, the community of the Church showing forth the love that God has shown us in his Son, Jesus.” read more...
Statement Regarding Fr. Michael Kolodziej, OFM Conv.
Thursday, November 07, 2013 by Archdiocese of Baltimore


The following statement was posted on the news page of the Archdiocese of Baltimore website on Nov. 7, 2013.  The priest who is the subject of the statement, Father Michael Kolodziej, OFM Conv., was a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo from his ordination in 1970 until 1974, and was stationed here by the Franciscan Order from 1979 until 1988.

The Diocese of Buffalo is committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. Anyone who has any knowledge of child sexual abuse is urged to come forward, and to report it immediately to the police. If clergy or other Church personnel are suspected of committing the abuse, please also call this confidential hotline:  716-895-3010 or email
maryann.deibel-braun@ccwny.org 

The Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Order of Friars Minor Conventual, and Archbishop Curley High School have received an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor by Fr. Michael Kolodziej (kuh-low-jay), OFM Conv. Father Kolodziej is a member and former Minister Provincial of the Order, which has staffed Archbishop Curley High School since its founding.

Father Kolodziej, age 69, was a teacher at Archbishop Curley High School from 1975-79. A former student from this time period has alleged that he was abused on several occasions while Fr. Kolodziej wrestled him. Archbishop Curley High School reported the allegation immediately to authorities, and the police were promptly informed; the School, the Order, and the Archdiocese, which owns Archbishop Curley High School, are cooperating fully with authorities. The Order has suspended Fr. Kolodziej from all public ministry and the Archbishop has withdrawn Fr. Kolodziej’s faculties to function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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A Statement on Casino Gambling by NYS Bishops
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by NYSCC

A Statement on Casino Gambling
By the Catholic Bishops of New York State
 
 

On November 5, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to decide an important matter affecting our communities. A statewide referendum of the people will be the final say on whether or not to amend the state's Constitution to authorize casino gambling. As pastors and as citizens, we call on all voters to very carefully consider this measure and all of its potential implications.

In recent years, New York State has dramatically increased access to legalized gambling in an effort to raise revenue, with the state joining in multi-state lotteries and adding video slot machines and video poker at harness racing tracks across the state. With these initiatives, along with five Indian-run casinos, Off-Track Betting, and ever-increasing variations of scratch-off lotteries, gambling already is big business for the state.
Now in a continued quest for additional revenue, the governor and legislature are seeking an amendment to allow for up to seven non-Indian casinos, the first four of which would be sited in three upstate regions.

Even if the state does realize economic benefits envisioned by our elected officials, we voters must also consider the potential for negative consequences. The Catholic Church teaches that gambling is a morally neutral act and that games of chance "are not in themselves contrary to justice"
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2413). However, the Catechism also warns that "the passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement" and becomes morally unacceptable when it deprives an individual of what is necessary to provide for his/her needs and those of others.

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Use of Mexican translation of Roman Missal for use in U.S. under consideration

Order of Celebrating Marriage up for vote

Options for marriage ceremony proposed

WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops will vote on five liturgical items presented by the Committee on Divine Worship during the annual fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel.

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Pope Francis
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, released the following statement on the election of Pope Francis:

It is with profound gratitude to God that I welcome the election of Pope Francis.

This is a moment of tremendous grace, demonstrating our most important Catholic conviction, that he is a man selected through the intercession of the Holy Spirit to shepherd the Church for years to come.  As the first Holy Father from the Americas, I was impressed with Pope Francis’ humility and spontaneity as he began his first blessing to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, by asking everyone to pause in silent prayer, to pray for him and bless him.  That was a powerful moment.

I ask the faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo to join me united in prayer as the papacy of Francis begins.  May God bless and guide this humble servant as he leads the Universal Catholic Church.

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