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Bishop Fisher Clergy Assignments Features

Diocese of Buffalo announces new priest assignments as Road to Renewal continues


Bishop Michael W. Fisher has announced 47 priest assignments in the Diocese of Buffalo signaling an increase in the momentum of the Road to Renewal program that is grouping diocesan parishes into a collaborative model of two to six parishes per family.

The appointments were conferred Wednesday, May 17 and priests had their weekend Masses to communicate their new assignments to their parishioners.

The assignments of 47 priests at one time may be the largest number of priest assignments conferred in the history of the Diocese of Buffalo.

As Bishop Fisher made the assignments, he called his brother priests to remember as in the founding of the diocese some 176 years ago that it is the continuing mission to bring the sacraments to the people.

During the diocese’s early days, five priests ministered to 30,000 Catholics.

“Brothers, I need you. I need you to support the mission of the Church with all of your gifts and expertise,” Bishop Fisher said. “Be supportive of one another and work as a team to provide for our people’s spiritual needs.”

With the current appointments effective June 1, June 5, June 15, and July 1, pastors are assigned to 26 of the 36 Families of Parishes along with two moderators of in solidum families of parishes in the diocese.

Family of Parishes: Assignment Update – May 2023

Family of ParishPriest AssignmentEffective DateNotes
Southern Erie Vicariate Family #9
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bowmansville; St. Mary of the Assumption, Lancaster; Our Lady of Pompeii, Lancaster; St. Philip the Apostle, Cheektowaga, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Depew; St. Martha, Depew
Rev. Msgr. Richard W. Siepka, Priest In Solidum & Moderator   Rev. Lukasz Kopala, Priest In Solidium   Rev. Aaron F. Kulczyk, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Bartholomew W. Lipiec, Priest In SolidumMay 15, 2023 
Niagara/Orleans Vicariate Family #11
Our Lady of the Lake, Barker St. Mary, Holley St. Mark, Kendell Holy Family, Albion Holy Trinity, Medina
Rev. Paul Ladda, Parochial VicarJuly 1, 2023 
Genesee/Wyoming Vicariate Family #12
St. Brigid, Bergen; Resurrection, Batavia; Ascension, Batavia; Our Lady of Mercy, LeRoy; St. Padre Pio, Oakfield
Rev. Scottston Brentwood, O. de. M., Priest In Solidum & Moderator   Rev. Matthew J. Zirnheld, Priest In Solidum   Rev. Kenneth Breen, O. de. M., Parochial Vicar  June 5, 2023 
Genesee/Wyoming Vicariate Family #13  
St. John the Baptist, Alden; St. Maximilian Kolbe, Corfu; SS. Joachim and Anne, Attica;St. John Neumann, Strykersville; Immaculate Heart of Mary, Darien Center
Rev. Daniel J. Serbicki, PastorJune 1, 2023 
Northern Erie Vicariate Family #15
Our Lady of Peace, Clarence St. Teresa of Avila, Akron Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Williamsville St. Mary, Swormville
Rev. Thomas M. Mahoney, Pastor   Rev. Joseph N. Franz, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Arthur E. Mattulke, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Walter J. Szczesny, Senior Parochial VicarJuly 1, 2023 
Northern Erie Vicariate Family #16
St. Leo the Great, Amherst St. Benedict, Eggertsville Christ the King, Snyder St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Cheektowaga Infant of Prague, Cheektowaga  SS. Peter & Paul, Williamsville
Rev. David Bellittiere, Pastor   Rev. Joseph C. Gatto, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Msgr. Paul A. Litwin, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Joseph W. Tokasz, Parochial VicarJuly 1, 2023 
Northern Erie Vicariate Family #17
St. Andrew, Kenmore Blessed Sacrament, Tonawanda St. John the Baptist, Kenmore St. Paul, Kenmore St. Timothy, Tonawanda St. Stephen, Grand Island
Rev. Michael J. Parker, Pastor   Rev. Peter Ekanem, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Martin F. Gallagher, Parochial VicarJune 1, 2023 
Northern Erie Vicariate Family #18
St. Amelia, Tonawanda St. Christopher, Tonawanda St. Francis of Assisi, Tonawanda St. Andrew Kim RC Mission, Tonawanda  St. Jude the Apostle, North Tonawanda Our Lady of Czestochowa, North Tonawanda
Rev. Robert Agbo, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Charles E. Johnson, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Robert Orlowski, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Sebastian C. Pierro, Senior Parochial VicarJune 15, 2023 
Buffalo Vicarate Family #22
St. Louis, Buffalo Blessed Sacrament, Buffalo St. Anthony of Padua, Buffalo St. Michael, Buffalo Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Buffalo
Rev. Raymond G. Corbin, PastorJune 1, 2023  St. Joseph Cathedral is part of this family and functions collaboratively with the parishes in the family.  As the Cathedral, its administration remains separate.
Southern Tier West Vicariate Family #27
Immaculate Conception, Eden; St. Joseph, Gowanda; St. Mary, Cattaraugus; Holy Spirit, North Collins; Epiphany of Our Lord, Langford
Rev. Piotr Zaczynski, Pastor   Rev. Mitch Byeck, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Innocent Diala, Parochial VicarJune 1, 2023 
Southern Erie Vicariate Family #28  
St. John the Baptist, Boston; Nativity of Our Lord, Orchard ParkSS. Peter and Paul, HamburgSt. Bernadette, Orchard Park
Rev. James D. Ciupek, Pastor   Rev. Gerard Skrzynski, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Joseph D. Wolf, Senior Parochial VicarJune 1, 2023 
Southern Erie Vicariate Family #29  
Most Precious Blood, Angola; St. Anthony, Farnham; St. Francis of Assisi, Athol Springs; St. Mary of the Lake, Hamburg; St. John Paul II, Lake View  
Rev. Michael J. Johnson, Parochial VicarJune 1, 2023 
Buffalo Vicariate Family #30 Corpus Christi, Buffalo  St. Stanislaus, Buffalo St. John Kanty, Buffalo (St. Adalbert) St. John Gualbert, Cheektowaga St. Katherine Drexel, BuffaloRev. Cole T. Webster, Pastor (of all parishes except Corpus Christi)   Rev. Mariusz Dymek OSPPE, Pastor of Corpus Christi Parish   Rev. Marek Kreis, OSPPE, Parochial VicarJuly 1, 2023 
Niagara/Orleans Vicariate Family #34
St. Raphael, Niagara Falls  St. Peter, Lewiston
Rev. Luke P. Uebler, PastorJuly 1, 2023 
Niagara/Orleans Vicariate Family #35
St. John de LaSalle, Niagara Falls St. Vincent de Paul, Niagara Falls St. Mary of the Cataract, Niagara Falls Divine Mercy, Niagara Falls Holy Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph, Niagara Falls
Rev. James W. Kirkpatrick, Pastor   Rev. Duane R. Klizek, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Lathislaus B. Mariasoosai, Parochial Vicar   Rev. Mario O. Racho, Parochial VicarJune 1, 2023 
Campus Ministry Vicariate Family #36  
St. Joseph’s University, Buffalo UB North Newman Center/Campus Ministry sites throughout the Diocese
Rev. Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, Pastor and Vicar Forane   Rev. Jacob Ledwon, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. James M. Monaco, Senior Parochial Vicar   Rev. Paul D. Seil, Senior Parochial VicarJune 1, 2023 
 Rev. Msgr. Salvtore Manganello, JCLJune 1, 2023Appointed Full-time Judicial Vicar
 Rev. Joseph D. PorpigliaJune 1, 2023Appointed Full-time Chaplain, Kenmore Mercy Hospital
 Rev. Samuel T. GiangrecoJune 1, 2023Appointed Full-time Chaplain, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Downloadable copy of the listing can be found on the Road to Renewal website.


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