For more than 16 years, Msgr. David G. LiPuma has stood next to the bishop of Buffalo as his secretary, becoming as familiar to many Catholics of the diocese as the man he’s serving. Msgr. LiPuma has logged many miles driving the bishop around to the eight counties of Western New York.
Come Aug. 24, Msgr. LiPuma will stay at one location, since he’s been appointed pastor of St. Peter Parish in Lewiston. Bishop Richard J. Malone has accepted the retirement request of Father Michael Zuffoletto, current pastor of St. Peter Parish, and is thankful for his ministry to the military and at the parish.
The official announcement about Msgr. LiPuma’s appointment came this week. Msgr. David S. Slubecky, vicar general of the diocese, told employees at the Catholic Center Monday afternoon. The decision to change ministries began in early May, when Msgr. LiPuma was honored for 20 years of service at the Catholic Center. Msgr. Slubecky said Bishop Malone reflected upon the length of service and offered Msgr. LiPuma a change, although the bishop was very happy with his secretary’s work. Msgr. LiPuma decided to return to his pastoral roots.
Msgr. LiPuma has served as secretary to three Buffalo bishops – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, now serving in Hartford, Conn.; Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, now retired; and Bishop Malone. Msgr. LiPuma was ordained in 1987 and served as a parochial vicar at St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst and St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Cheektowaga. In 1993, he was appointed as director of the Office of Worship and Catechumenate at the Catholic Center. He was named secretary to the bishop in 1997.
“Msgr. LiPuma always showed great compassion, sensitivity, efficiency and great organizational skills,” said Msgr. Slubecky. “All of these gifts surely made the work of Archbishop Mansell, Bishop Kmiec and Bishop Malone an easier task. He will be missed at the Catholic Center.”
It was also announced that Father Ryszard S. Biernat has been appointed as the new secretary to the bishop and vice chancellor for a three-year term. Father Biernat is currently the parochial vicar at St. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda. Father David D. Baker was named to St. Amelia Parish to replace Father Biernat as parochial vicar.
The chancery also announced the following assignments Monday:
Deacon Paul L. Augustyn has been assigned to diaconal ministry at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Elma, along with a ministry of charity to the Victorious Missionaries Organization.
Deacon Thomas F. Friedman has been assigned to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Harris Hill, along with a ministry of charity to the Brompton Heights Assisted Living Facility.
Deacon Mark D. Kehl has been assigned to St. Mary Parish, Arcade, along with a ministry of charity to the Warsaw Hospital.
Deacon Francis J. Lagona has been assigned to St. Christopher Parish, Tonawanda, along with a ministry of charity to the Beechwood Continuing Care Facility in Getzville.
Deacon Marc R. Leaderstorf has been assigned to St. John the Baptist Parish, Alden, along with a ministry of charity to the Response to Love Center in Buffalo.
Deacon V. Gregory Moran has been assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Athol Springs, along with a ministry of charity to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.
Deacon David C. Rotterman has been assigned to Our Lady of Pompeii Parish, Lancaster, along with a ministry of charity to Benedict House.
Deacon Miguel Santos has been assigned to Holy Cross Parish, Buffalo, along with a ministry of charity to the diocesan Office of Cultural Diversity.
Deacon John J. Wlos has been assigned to SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Hamburg, along with a ministry of charity to the Elderwood Healthcare Facility at Lakewood.