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Kevin A. Keenan named to Public Policy Committee
Friday, December 19, 2014 by Office of Communications

Bishop Richard J. Malone, 14th bishop of Buffalo, has named Kevin A. Keenan, former communications director for the Diocese of Buffalo, diocesan representative to the New York State Public Policy Committee.

“There has been a formal decision by the New York State Board of Bishops to restructure the Public Policy Committee,” said Bishop Malone. “It has been determined that each diocese will have only one representative. This is a change from the past where a diocese may have held two or more seats. Therefore, I have appointed Kevin Keenan as the sole representative to the Public Policy Committee for the Diocese of Buffalo, effective immediately.”

"Consider this ... Third Sunday of Advent"
Friday, December 12, 2014 by Daybreak TV Productions

Third Sunday of Advent

Bishop Malone writes pastoral letter with Episcopal bishop
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Patrick J. Buechi

Bishop Richard J. Malone has teamed up with the local Episcopal Bishop R. William Franklin to ask Western New York to include women and minorities in the growth of Buffalo.

In a groundbreaking pastoral letter co-written by the bishops, they remarked on the new prosperity in the city of Buffalo marked by construction, new businesses and investment growth. The bishops do not want to see any citizen of the area left out of any newfound prosperity.

“A new generation of Western New Yorkers is envisioning new opportunities and making them a reality. With regard to education, medicine, technology and quality of life, this is the time for which we have all waited and prayed and worked. This wave of prosperity benefits not only the city, but the entire region,” they wrote. “Yet at this time not everyone is benefitting. Blacks and Hispanics still live in poverty in greater proportion than do other groups in our population. Children still go to bed hungry. Jobs and security elude too many families. And because some are left out and locked out, the rest of us are poorer. We fail to benefit as much as we might from this new golden age.”

St. Gabriel Parish hosts diocesan Family Mass
Sunday, December 07, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone talks to the children

The tradition of celebrating the diocesan Family Mass the Second Sunday of Advent continued on Dec. 7, when Bishop Richard J. Malone presided at St. Gabriel Church in Elma.  Until 2013, the Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo, but is now celebrated in parishes.

"Before the start of the Mass, I saw a steady stream of happy faces," Bishop Malone said as he opened the Mass.  "That is a sign of vitality in this parish."

With children of the parish gathered at his feet for the homily, Bishop Malone talked about the upcoming visit to the United States by Pope Francis, who will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in late September 2015.

Annual Collection Benefits 35,000 Sisters, Brothers, Priests in Religious Orders
Saturday, December 06, 2014 by National Religious Retirement Office

WASHINGTON—The 27th national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held in parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo and throughout the United States on the weekend of December 13 and 14. The annual, parish-based appeal is coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and benefits more than 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests.

The 2013 appeal raised nearly $28.4 million, enabling the NRRO to distribute $23 million in financial assistance to 424 religious communities. Additional funding is allocated for communities with the greatest needs and for retirement planning and educational resources.

Catholic bishops in the United States initiated the collection in 1988 to address the significant lack of retirement funding among U.S. religious communities. Proceeds are distributed to eligible communities to help underwrite such day-to-day needs as prescription medications and nursing care. Since the collection began, Catholics have contributed $726 million. Over 93 percent of donations directly support senior religious and their communities.

Despite the overwhelming generosity to this fund, many religious communities continue to lack resources sufficient to support retirement and eldercare. Of 590 communities submitting data to the NRRO in 2013, fewer than eight percent were fully funded for retirement.

Diocese of Buffalo preparing Catholics Come Home initiative
Saturday, December 06, 2014 by Office of Communications

Television viewers across Western New York will begin to see “evangomercials TM” beginning in mid-December, offering inspiring stories of faith and hope, as the Diocese of Buffalo embarks on its latest New Evangelization initiative, inviting inactive Catholics and others home to Jesus and His Church.

Catholics Come Home, Inc. (CCH), an independent, non-profit Catholic apostolate, is the lay Catholic group that created the upcoming Christmas television outreach, airing December 12, 2014, through January 18, 2015. 

Since 1998, CCH initiatives have aired in over 37 archdioceses and dioceses from Phoenix to Sacramento, Atlanta to Boston and Chicago to Seattle, helping to increase Mass attendance an average of 10 percent, and welcoming home more than 500,000 inactive Catholics and others seeking more joy, peace and meaning in their lives.  Buffalo will be the 38th diocesan partner of this fruitful outreach initiative of faith.

“This represents a great opportunity for each of us,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone.  “We all know a family member or friend who no longer practices their faith.  We hope and pray that those who see our Catholics Come Home messages come back to our Catholic family, home to a local parish community this Christmas season and into the New Year.
Father Dennis G. Wolf, pastor of St. John XXIII, passes away on Friday
Monday, December 01, 2014 by Office of Communications

Father Dennis G. Wolf, a priest of the Diocese of Buffalo, passed away on Friday, November 28.  He had been pastor of St. John XXIII Parish since 2008.

Father Wolf will lie-in-state on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at St. John XXIII Church, 1 Arcade Street, West Seneca.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Most Reverend Richard J. Malone on Friday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John XXIII Church. There will also be a viewing prior to the Mass from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Please remember the peaceful repose of Father Wolf’s soul in your Masses and prayers.

Bishop Malone meets Pope Francis, attends colloquium on marriage
Monday, November 24, 2014 by Mark Ciemcioch

Bishop Richard J. Malone represented Buffalo and the United States at the Vatican in November, as he was asked to be a part of the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman to reaffirm the Catholic Church’s position on marriage. Attending the colloquium was an important affirmation of Bishop Malone’s work as chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

The colloquium was where Pope Francis officially announced he would make his first papal visit to the United States, as he will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in Sept. 2015.

Bishop Malone welcomes U.S. visit by Pope Francis
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by Kevin Keenan

Bishop Malone outside the VaticanBishop Richard J. Malone was present at the Vatican on Nov. 17, when Pope Francis announced he will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next September.  Bishop Malone is in Rome, participating in the International Colloquium: The Complementarity of Man and Woman, through Nov. 19. 

It was a thrill to be in the presence of the Holy Father when he made the announcement,” Bishop Malone said.  “I am delighted he has selected the World Meeting of Families for his first visit to the United States.  On many occasions, the pope has stressed the importance of the traditional family – at the colloquium, he said marriage between a man and woman is a ‘fundamental pillar’ of society and that children have the right to grow up with a mother and father. I look forward to leading a delegation from the Diocese of Buffalo to Philadelphia next year as the pope brings his message of  peace and love to our nation.”

Bishop Malone is chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families — Philadelphia 2015
Monday, November 17, 2014 by Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Rome, Italy (November 17, 2014) – In remarks offered today in Rome, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, set to be held September 22-27, 2015. This visit will mark his first to the United States as pope. He will be only the fourth reigning Pontiff to visit our nation in its history.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., and a delegation of World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 organizers were present for the announcement, which the Holy Father made at the opening of the Humanum Colloquium. Also present were Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop Jean Lafitte, and Monsignor Carlos Simon Vaszquez of the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is the co-sponsor of the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Archbishop Chaput said, “I am overjoyed by Pope Francis’ announcement that he will join with us for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally. His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering.”

“As I’ve said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us – Catholic and non-Catholic alike – together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways. We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts.”

Detailed plans for Pope Francis’ visit have not yet been finalized and are expected to be released in spring or summer of 2015. However, it is expected that the Holy Father will visit Philadelphia September 25 – 27,2015, to participate in the closing events of the Eighth World Meeting of Families. These events include the Festival of Families, an intercultural celebration of family life around the world, which would be held on Saturday, September 26, and a Papal Mass to be held on Sunday, September 27. Both of these events will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the heart of Philadelphia and will be open to the public.

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