175th Anniversary

of the Diocese of Buffalo

From May 1, 2022 to May 7, 2023, the Diocese of Buffalo will host an ongoing celebration of the demisemiseptcentennial of its founding in April, 1847. Today, the people throughout Western New York are the beneficiaries and powerful legacy of faith and models of service.  We are commissioned through our baptism to continue to deepen our own faith, share and witness that faith to others, and serve one another.  We are called to continue and pass on our heritage of faith and service to future generations.
The diocesan celebration will begin with an Anniversary Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral on May 1st the same day as our patron saint, Saint Joseph. Throughout the year, various activities, events and service projects will be planned across the diocese for everyone to participate in this year-long celebration. 

NEW! Diocesan Treasures Pilgrimage Guide

Let your pilgrimage begin… Discover, or rediscover the spiritual treasures of the diocese!  The Diocese of Buffalo has a rich 175-year history and we invite you to visit some of the parish communities, churches and institutions throughout Western New York. From the table that St. John Neumann used as an altar when celebrating Masses at the various mission parishes he served, to the unique architecture which serves as a reminder of the faith of the people, you will be in awe as you journey from site to site on this pilgrimage.

Anniversary Logo

175 Color White Text Logo (PNG) | 175 Color Black Text Logo (PNG) | 175 Logo B&W (JPG) | 175 Logo Gold Text (PNG)

Education Materials

Resources for teachers and parents to teach students and children the history of the Diocese. There are monthly themes and lesson plans from September 2022 until April 2023. Click here. This link will take you off-site to the Catholic Schools webpage. 

Flat Timon Direct Link.

October 2022: Day of Service 

The 175th Anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Buffalo is a reminder that we are all called to put our faith into action and to shape the communities in which we live to reflect the Kingdom of God. To serve each other, especially those in need, is to serve Christ.  All are invited to participate in a Diocesan Day of Service on October 22, 2022.  Opportunities are planned on the vicariate and parish levels to allow all to participate. 

Parish Days of Prayer

Every parish and other institutions will host a Day of Prayer throughout the Anniversary Year.  This is a time to give thanks for our faith and to pray for others, for the church, our parishes, for vocations, peace, and many other needs. Be on the lookout for more information throughout the year on when your parish will be holding a Day of Prayer.

BPO Concert at the Cathedral

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will be having a concert on May 7th, 3:00 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral. More details to come…


175th Anniversary Masses in the Vicariates

Along with today’s Cathedral celebration, Bishop Fisher will celebrate a 175th Anniversary Mass in each of the twelve vicariates in the diocese.  

06 Nov

Niagara Vicariate | 175th Anniversary

  • 03:00 pm
  • Holy Family Parish (St. Joseph Site), Niagara Falls

Along with the 175th Anniversary Mass on May 1st, 2022 at St. Joseph Cathedral, Bishop Fisher will celebrate a 175th Anniversary Mass in each of the twelve vicariates in the diocese.

05 Jan

Niagara-Orleans Vicariate | 175th Anniversary

  • 06:30 pm
  • St. John the Baptist Church, Lockport

Along with the 175th Anniversary Mass on May 1st, 2022 at St. Joseph Cathedral, Bishop Fisher will celebrate a 175th Anniversary Mass in each of the twelve vicariates in the diocese.

Additional dates for the Vicariate 175th Anniversary Mass:

  • Niagara-Orleans Vicariate | Jan 5, 2023, St. John the Baptist Church, Lockport | 6:30 pm
  • Genesee-Wyoming Vicariate  |  Feb 19, 2023, Ascension Church, Batavia | 3:00 pm
  • NW Central Vicariate  |  March 2, 2023, St. Mark Church, Buffalo | 7:00 pm

Day of Service (October 2022)