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New vision unveiled for Catholic elementary schools
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 by Office of Communications

Faith in TomorrowThe Diocese of Buffalo has unveiled its new vision for Catholic elementary schools. Titled “Faith in Tomorrow,” the strategic plan provides a detailed course of action to strengthen Catholic education and help secure the future success and viability of elementary schools located throughout the eight counties of Western New York.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, said this plan will ensure the continuation of the tremendous strides the department of Catholic Schools has made under the leadership of Carol Kostyniak, secretary for Catholic Education, and Dr. Rosemary Henry, superintendent of Catholic Schools, in advancing the mission of Catholic schools in the diocese.

“‘Faith in Tomorrow’ represents the new vision for Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo as well as my unwavering commitment to the education of our children, which I believe is among the most important missions of the Catholic Church and diocese today,” said Bishop Kmiec.

Cheektowaga pastor placed on administrative leave
Thursday, March 03, 2011 by Office of Communications

Father David Bialkowski, former pastor of St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga, has been placed on administrative leave by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, following an allegation of inappropriate conduct.

The Diocese of Buffalo issued the following statement on March 3:

Whenever there is an allegation of inappropriate conduct against a priest or, for that matter, any employee of the Diocese, certain policies and procedures are followed. This case is no different.


Archbishop Timothy Dolan, James CultraraAppearing before a Joint Legislative Budget hearing in Albany on Feb. 15, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York, urged members of the state Senate and Assembly to give parents of Catholic and independent school students some tax relief.

“These families are shouldering the dual burden of taxes to support public schools and tuition to support their own children’s education,” the archbishop said. “Why can’t they get some of their own tax money back to help support their own children?” Archbishop Dolan said New York can no longer afford to ignore these schools, which save taxpayers $8 billion a year. “If you continue to support only public schools, including charter schools, instead of all our children, then you will only exacerbate the fiscal crisis you are desperately trying to resolve, since the data clearly shows that we educate our children better for half the cost.”

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 by Office of Communications

Students from St. Christopher SchoolThe music of the St. Vincent de Paul  School (Springbrook) Bell Choir and four flautists (right) from St. Christopher School (Tonawanda) filled the Catholic Center cafeteria on Jan. 31, marking the start of the weeklong Catholic Schools Week celebration.

In her welcome, Dr. Rosemary Henry, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools said, “It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our 56 elementary school campuses, 15 secondary schools, 17,190 Catholic school students and our 1,700 teachers, administrators, clergy and women religious.” She noted that the Diocese of Buffalo is the 30th largest system of Catholic schools in the United States (out of 195 dioceses). “We also know the 7,000 Catholic schools in the United States are a blessing to our Church and a blessing to our nation,” she said.

St. Barbara Church to be razed
Monday, January 31, 2011 by Office of Communications

St. Barbara Church was dedicated in 1931The Diocese of Buffalo has announced that St. Barbara Church, 551 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, will be demolished.

At the time of its construction in 1930, the church was described as, “a modern improvisation upon the old Romanesque style …leading to the evolution of ecclesiastical architecture distinctly America.” Featuring a 154 foot bell tower which is one of the tallest structures in Lackawanna, the yellow brick building has been plagued with structural problems almost as soon as it was dedicated in 1931 by Bishop William Turner.

A detailed engineering review found that when St. Barbara Church was constructed, the use of precast concrete in lieu of limestone was cutting edge technology, and was used to save cost. The strength and durability of brick and precast concrete is significantly less than those of limestone. What has been proven over time is that initial cost savings never envisioned the life cycle cost implications of this inferior product substitution (the church has undergone significant masonry restoration in 30 year increments since its construction).

Vatican upholds decision to merge St. Adalbert, St. John Kanty parishes
Sunday, January 30, 2011 by Office of Communications

The Vatican Congregation for the Clergy has upheld the decision to merge St. Adalbert Parish into St. John Kanty Parish. Both parishes are in Buffalo.

In a letter dated Dec. 16, 2010, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect for the congregation, wrote, “No obstacle exists for the merger of the parish.” This letter serves as the clarification of the status of St. Adalbert Parish that was sought by St. Adalbert parishioners.

On July 1, 2007, Bishop Edward U. Kmiec announced St. Adalbert would merge with St. John Kanty and that St. Adalbert Church would no longer be used. However, as a concession because of the heritage of the parish, the bishop has agreed to designate the church an oratory and it will continue as a place of worship.

Father Baker a step closer to sainthood
Friday, January 14, 2011 by Office of Communications

Father Nelson BakerAt the Vatican today (Jan. 14, 2011), Pope Benedict XVI declared the heroic virtues of Father Nelson Baker, the diocesan priest who built Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica in Lackawanna and Our Lady of Victory Institutions, which continue Father Baker's compassionate legacy of caring begun more than a century ago. The declaration by the Holy Father is the next step on Father Baker’s path to sainthood.

Below is a statement of the Diocese of Buffalo:

We rejoice today that in a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has declared the heroic virtues of Servant of God Father Nelson Baker.

Bishop McLaughlin celebrates 75 years as a priest
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by Kevin Keenan, Director of Communications
Most Rev. Bernard J. McLaughlinOn the date of his ordination to the priesthood, Dec. 21, 1935, Bernard J. McLaughlin was about to embark on a journey of faithful service that has continued for more than three quarters of a century. From student in Rome to his ordination in the Eternal City, from assistant pastor at St. Joseph New Cathedral to the founding pastor of Coronation Parish, from his appointment as auxiliary bishop of Buffalo to his episcopal ordination at the hands of Pope Paul VI, Bishop McLaughlin’s service to the Church has been hallmarked by grace and a special devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Dec. 21, 2010 marked the 75th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, the eighth bishop of Buffalo that Bishop McLaughlin has served under, paid a visit to Bishop McLaughlin’s Town of Tonawanda residence to meet with him and offer a blessing. He also celebrated with a family dinner. read more...