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Don't lose your public voice, Holy Father tells NY bishops
Monday, November 28, 2011 by Catholic News Agency

Bishop Kmiec applauds the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI has told New York's bishops not to be silenced by those who seek to muzzle Catholicism in public life.

“Despite attempts to still the Church’s voice in the public square, many people of good will continue to look to her for wisdom, insight and sound guidance,” Pope Benedict said in his address to 20 bishops, including Bishop Edward U. Kmiec (pictured applauding the entrance of the Holy Father) gathered in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Nov. 26.

Bishop Kmiec celebrates 50 years as a priest
Monday, October 31, 2011 by WKBW-TV
Pope Benedict declares a "Year of Faith"
Monday, October 17, 2011 by David Kerr, Catholic News Agency


Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year of Faith” which will begin in October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

“It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time,” said the Pope, making his announcement during Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Year of Faith will run from October 11, 2012, until November 24, 2013, which is the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Pope sends Tweet!
Thursday, June 30, 2011 by The Vatican
Now is time to prepare for Roman Missal, Third Edition
Monday, June 27, 2011 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Roman Missal, Third Edition, the ritual text containing prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Mass, is now being prepared for publication. In the United States, seven publishers (Catholic Book Publishing Corp., Liturgical Press, Liturgy Training Publications, Magnificat, Midwest Theological Forum, USCCB Communications, and World Library Publications) will publish ritual editions and are now advertising their plans and will soon accept pre-orders. The Roman Missal will be implemented in the United States of America on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. The ritual editions should start arriving in parishes around October 1. 


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.