Lord, make me a channel of your peace

Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell

12th Bishop of Buffalo (1995-2003)
“Blessed Be God”

On January 6, 1993, Pope John Paul II ordained Bishop Henry J. Mansell in Rome as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York. Two years later, on April 18, 1995, the Holy Father appointed him as the 12th Bishop of Buffalo. On June 12, 1995, Cardinal John O’Connor presided over Bishop Mansell’s installation at St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Bishop Mansell was tireless in promoting the Catholic identity and effectiveness of Catholic education, health care and social service institutes within the Diocese of Buffalo. He established a Vicariate structure of 16 Vicariates to foster communication and collaboration. He established the Catholic Health Care System of Western New York effectively uniting the resources of area Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. He inaugurated renovations to St. Joseph’s Cathedral and fostered its role as the spiritual and artistic center of the Diocese. In 1997, he led the Diocese in celebrating its Sesquicentennial in preparation for the Great Jubilee 2000. During the Jubilee Year he coordinated efforts for the faithful of the diocese to recognize their identity as Catholics and the call to service that Catholicism entails. He also established the Spirit of Church Committee in order to foster concrete avenues of collaboration between urban, suburban, and rural parishes and institutions.

“We Are Catholic. Let It Show. Open Wide the Doors to Christ…”
in our caring for others
in our respect for all
in our sense of justice
in our reverence for life
in our commitment to share.

Bishop Mansell became the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut on December 18, 2003.


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