WNY Catholic News

Diocesan Disability Inclusion Team focuses on inclusion
2 hours ago by LAURA SEIL RUSZCZYK

The disability advocates in the Diocese of Buffalo has a new name. It is now the Disability Inclusion Team. Led by Dennis Mahaney, director of the Office of Evangelization and Parish Life, the group’s goal is to increase awareness and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo. This is done through opening doors, minds and hearts to change. 


For one Felician sister, art is a way of expressing feelings, emotions and faith. Sister M. Ann Therese Kelly, CSSF, operates and sells stained glass artwork at her own studio, Illumination Stained Glass Studio, at Villa Maria Convent in Buffalo. Sister Ann Therese, also an art instructor, created stained glass windows found in six local buildings and schools, including Niagara University.


This school year, more children in diocesan schools will be given the chance to pray for the men who have chosen to devote their lives to serving God. The Adopt a Seminarian program, implemented in Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga in 2013-14, will be expanding to take place in more elementary schools, ideally all 35 of them, by the third week of September.

Cultural Diversity: The beginning of Catholic Hispanic History in Buffalo
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by MILAGROS RAMOS

The History of Hispanic Catholic Ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo began in the Steel City in 1949 when Bishop John O’Hara was called to address the spiritual needs of the Spanish speaking people in Lackawanna. The numbers of the Spanish-speaking Mexicans in that area was increasing. 

Catholic Charities fights to break hold of drug addiction
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI
Addiction knows no boundaries. It can happen to anybody. After 35 years in the drug treatment game, Bernie Arnesen can attest to that. He has treated doctors, clergy, rich, poor, black, white.
USCCB delegation visits Gaza
Monday, September 15, 2014 by DON CLEMMER

JERUSALEM—A delegation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, led by Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, visited the Gaza Strip, September 14. The bishops celebrated Mass with the local Christian community, talked to residents and surveyed the destruction of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas militants. They also met the staff of Catholic Relief Services, the bishops’ international relief agency, who have been working to provide disaster relief to those impacted by the violence.

'Our Daily Bread' finds the WAY to success
Friday, September 12, 2014 by PAULA DEANGELIS-STEIN

Recently, “Our Daily Bread” host Father Paul D. Seil was joined in the kitchen by Sharon Cavanaugh, director of the Work Appreciation for Youth program of Baker Victory Services. Also in the kitchen was James Stone, a WAY graduate. The day’s menu included Italian stuffed peppers, basil pesto pasta and macchiato tiramisu parfaits.

Congrea Society honors long tradition of devotion
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

The Congrega Society, a group honoring the Blessed Mother, celebrated this year’s second biannual Mass at St. Lawrence Church in Buffalo on Sept. 6.

Bishop Malone: The love of learning and a desire for God
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by BISHOP RICHARD J. MALONE

The title of this column is borrowed from a fine book on monastic culture and spirituality by Father Jean Leclerq, OSB.  While monasticism is a blessed vocation within our Church, it is not, however, my topic this month.  The love of learning and the desire for God is.  

Bishop makes clear goal of Church on life issues
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

Bishop Richard J. Malone delivered a keynote address to respect life coordinators that clarified Pope Francis’ position on life issues. He also stated his views in no uncertain terms. “I believe that the primal evil in our time is the assault on unborn life,” the bishop said during a Sept. 6 inservice held at the Catholic Center in downtown Buffalo.