WNY Catholic News

A severe snow storm, nicknamed Knife, paralyzed much of Western New York last week, dropping six feet of snow in some areas over a 24-hour-period and resulted in at least 13 deaths. WNY Catholic Photographer Patrick McPartland ventured out to visit diocesan parishes and schools hit by the storm in an exclusive Facebook photo gallery.


Join the Buffalo Diocese and hundreds of thousands of Catholics and others in solidarity for a pilgrimage of public witness, penance and prayer for all those victimized by the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, and for the conversion of those who misguidedly perpetuate it.

Opera Sacra marks 40th season tonight
3 days ago by SPECIAL TO WNYC

Opera Sacra, the longest continually producing opera company in Western New York, was founded by Father Jacob Ledwon in 1975 at the former St. Joseph’s New Cathedral in Buffalo. Choosing works that center on religious themes, its repertoire spans more than 1,000 years of music, including the classics of Grand Opera, medieval liturgical dramas, children’s fables and contemporary masterworks. This fall, in celebration of the beginning of its 40th season, Opera Sacra is planning another exceptional program, a fully-staged production of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.”


One morning as I was driving to work, I heard a little voice coming through the radio of a young lady giving her testimony of forgiveness. It was so incredible, so much so, that I said, I have to bring her to Buffalo for Da Bounce. The young people need to hear her testimony. It is just too incredible. She will be able to touch so many young people and help them have a relationship with Jesus. I began repeating her name until I got to my office and typed it into my computer. I was able to locate her, Rosario Rodriguez from Los Angeles.

Father Bill Quinlivan tells his side of story in new book
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

Buffalo’s singing priest, Father William Quinlivan, has added another title to his resumé – book author. With the help of a self-publishing firm, he has released “Made to Praise Him: Finding My Song.” 



WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

Local missionaries to serve children in Ghana
Monday, November 17, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

The sister of a diocesan priest and an incoming college student will travel to West Africa in November to assist the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love to serve children at an orphanage in Ghana. Under the careful guidance of Sister Stan Terese Mario Mumuni, MASEL, a native of Africa who has been a missionary for over 16 years, they will help children who would not otherwise have had a chance at life.


Catechetical convocation promotes welcoming back Catholics
Friday, November 14, 2014 by KIMBERLEE SABSHIN

The ninth annual diocesan catechetical convocation offered presentations on forgiveness, how to deal with loved ones who leave the Church, and parish plans for evangelization. The convocation, which also emphasized the “Catholics Come Home” program, took place at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center in Lackawanna on Nov. 4. 

Teens learn to harness the power of forgiveness
Friday, November 14, 2014 by PATRICK J. BUECHI

The lives of urban youth are often filled with violence and suffering. A group of 50 teens heard of the hardships of Rosario Rodriguez who has suffered two violent attacks on her life.