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St. Bonaventure president announces plans to step down after 12 years as president
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by St. Bonaventure University

Bishop Richard J. Malone's statement on the retirement of Sister Margaret Carney, OSF: "I have deep personal esteem for Sister Margaret, and am grateful for her service to St. Bonaventure University, which has maintained its strong Franciscan heritage and continuing presence in our diocese. I wish Sister Margaret the very best in the years ahead, and I look forward to continuing collaboration with the University."

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., Jan. 19, 2016 — After almost 20 years of service to the university, the last 12 as its president, St. Bonaventure University President Sister Margaret Carney, O.S.F., announced today her decision to step down from the position on July 31, 2016.

“This decision is not an easy one since the relationships at the heart of our St. Bonaventure community have become more precious with each passing year,” Sister Margaret told faculty, staff, students and alumni in an email earlier today.

“The Rule and Life by which I fulfill my Franciscan vows states the following: ‘No one is to appropriate any office or ministry whatsoever; rather each should willingly relinquish it when the time comes.’ (Chapter 8, Art. 27). That time has come for me. I have served using the talents that are mine and I have done my best to serve well. It is time to make room for a new leader whose competencies will be equal to the new and very different demands of the next decade.”

Sister Margaret, who turns 75 in July, said the university is in the process of completing a new strategic plan, following a highly successful institutional accreditation process in the fall of 2014. She said a new plan will also require new funding, foreshadowing a capital campaign on the horizon.

“Closely tied to the development of a new plan is the need to find resources to fund it. Whether that will take the form of a new, multi-year, comprehensive campaign or some other fundraising program, our donors need to have confidence that the school’s leadership is equal to the tasks for which they are providing hard-earned money.”

Board of Trustees Chair Robert Daugherty, retired partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, lauded Sister Margaret's service.

“Words cannot begin to express the gratitude and respect the Board of Trustees has for this remarkable leader. Sister Margaret’s esteemed tenure took this university from a dark hour to a place in the sun; a place of honor and academic excellence. SBU graduates the world over, our faculty, staff and students, and our regional communities are forever indebted to her. She stands as a hallmark of the Franciscan spirit and ethical character of this great university.”

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Cardinal Dolan calls pro-life movement to spread "a vision of life and love"
Friday, January 15, 2016 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York called on everyone “concerned about the tragedy of abortion” to recommit to a “vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one” on January 14. His statement marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal Dolan chairs the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Most Americans oppose a policy allowing legal abortion for virtually any reason – though many still do not realize that this is what the Supreme Court gave us,” wrote Cardinal Dolan. “Most want to protect unborn children at later stages of pregnancy, to regulate or limit the practice of abortion, and to stop the use of taxpayer dollars for the destruction of unborn children. Yet many who support important goals of the pro-life movement do not identify as ‘pro-life,’ a fact which should lead us to examine how we present our pro-life vision to others.”

“Even as Americans remain troubled by abortion,” wrote Cardinal Dolan, a powerful and well-funded lobby holds “that abortion must be celebrated as a positive good for women and society, and those who cannot in conscience provide it are to be condemned for practicing substandard medicine and waging a ‘war on women’.” He said this trend was seen recently when President Obama and other Democratic leaders prevented passage of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, “a modest measure to provide for effective enforcement” of conscience laws.



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Bishop Richard J. Malone to celebrate Mass marking 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Office of Communications

A Mass for the observance of the 43rd anniversary of the United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 4 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, 2437 Niagara St., Niagara Falls. The Mass serves as a symbol of reparation for the millions of unborn children, victims of abortion; reconciliation for all women and men who have been involved in an abortion; and recommitment to end abortion-on-demand in our nation. The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Th.D., bishop of Buffalo, will be the main celebrant.

During the Mass, the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities will present the 21st annual Pro-Vita Awards. These awards are intended to recognize people who have labored tirelessly for the pro-life cause and to give them strength, encouragement and support.







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St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church to host annual Martin Luther King Mass
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Office of Communications

The Diocese of Buffalo will mark the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a special Mass on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton St., Buffalo. The Mass is sponsored by the African American Commission and the Office of Cultural Diversity for the Diocese of Buffalo.

Bishop Martin D. Holley, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will be the celebrant and homilist. Bishop Holley was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in 1987 and was ordained a bishop in Washington, D.C., in 2004. Among his many involvements is the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus of which he has been a member since 1983. The bishop also serves on several committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is a member of the Washington InterFaith Network.



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Catholic Charities launches 2016 appeal; sets $11 million goal
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 by Catholic Charities

Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities, Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, spoke about the need for Catholic Charities' services for children, individuals and families despite the positive developments happening in Buffalo.

 

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders today announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.

“I wish I could report the need for our services has diminished, but unfortunately that’s not the case,” said Monsignor Slubecky.” Last year alone we provided assistance to nearly 132,000 individuals, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and we anticipate a similar or increased volume in the coming year. To continue providing vitally important care and support to all who need it, we have established an ambitious goal for Appeal 2016. This year’s theme, ‘Find Good Within,’ reminds us to open our hearts and find the good – and also the God – within each of us, in order to help those who are without, or those who are in need of a helping hand at this particular time in their life.”

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WASHINGTON—“For a long time now, the bishops of the United States have called for reasonable policies to help reduce gun violence,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, January 6, following the announcement by President Obama of measures concerning regulation of firearms.

 

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"Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"
Friday, December 25, 2015 by Kevin Keenan


Noting many people are dealing with fear, frustration and anxiety in today’s world, including threats by ISIS, assaults on human life, assisted suicide, the debate over refugees and the fracturing of family life, Bishop Richard J. Malone told the assembly at Midnight Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, “We need this Christmas more than ever, but only if it is Christmas in its deepest and truest sense.”

He said Christmas is about the birth of a unique child, both human and divine.

“Do not be afraid,” we heard in the Gospel.  “For behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ the Lord.”

 

 

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Rejoice! Christ is near Christmas show
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Rejoice! Christ is near Christmas show

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Year of Mercy
Friday, December 18, 2015 by Office of Communications

To help Catholics celebrate and reflect upon the Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Buffalo will offer a special website filled with information, resources and tips on how you can incorporate mercy into your own life. The site will be continuously updated throughout the year, so be sure to bookmark the direct link at http://www.wnycatholic.org/mercy

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Diocese releases dates for Christmas programming
Saturday, December 12, 2015 by Daybreak TV Productions

Daybreak TV Productions, the television component of the Diocese of Buffalo’s Office of Communications, has announced special programming that will air on WKBW-TV Channel 7 during the month of December.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 5:30 a.m. and noon – “Our Daily Bread: Advent” This encore presentation of Daybreak’s monthly cooking show features Father Paul D. Seil whipping up some holiday goodies. Father Jack Ledwon, pastor of St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo, joins him in the kitchen as they discuss Advent.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 12:30 p.m. – “Legacy of Victory: Remembering Father Baker” This 90-minute documentary looks at the life and accomplishments of this extraordinary man whose charity and service to others continue to impact lives today.

Sunday, Dec. 20, 12:30 p.m. – “Diocesan Christmas Special” Father Paul D. Seil and Bishop Richard J. Malone talk about this most holy time of the year.

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