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Blacklisted by Ukrainian government

I have been blacklisted by the Ukrainian government. The Center for Countering Disinformation, an agency of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine – which advises the president of Ukraine – has compiled a list of over 78 international figures who are accused of promoting so-called “Russian propaganda.” And I happen to be included…

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Diocesan Purchasing is easy one-stop for parish shopping

In these difficult economic times, it’s important to know that the Diocesan Purchasing Division/Catholic Union Store is a one stop shop where parishes, schools and religious organizations can purchase a wide variety of merchandise ranging from clerical clothing, candles, whiteboards, art supplies, paper and physical education equipment and janitorial supplies at a discount. “We offer…

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Trocaire College introduces Health Career Exploration Learn and Earn Program

Starting this September, Trocaire College is offering Buffalo residents in the 14220 and 14210 zip codes an opportunity to explore health care career opportunities through its new Health Career Exploration Learn and Earn Program.  Buffalo Common Council Member Christopher Scanlon is supporting the program through a $50,000 grant. Designed for high school graduates with some…

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Priests take parish management course at Villanova

Seven diocesan priests recently took advantage of an opportunity to learn the skills of church management at Villanova School of Business outside Philadelphia. The weeklong immersive experience saw the men re-enter the classroom for six hours a day to hear lectures, analyze case studies and read reports to learn the basics of Pastoral and Strategic…

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Sister Therese Maria Van Bourgondien, OSF, 1929-2022

Sister Therese Maria Van Bourgondien, a Franciscan Sister of Allegany who was known for her work as a nursing instructor and researcher, died Aug. 4, 2022, St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany. Born Dec. 12, 1929, in Hillegom, The Netherlands, the daughter of Pieter and Emilie Stehmann Van Bourgondien, attended elementary school in The Netherlands until…

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Tomorrow’s Youth Today members create murals on benches

Catholic Charities Tomorrow’s Youth Today partnered with Community Canvases for an art project that brighten up the office of Catholic Charities, while bringing some light into the lives of youth and young adults from the East Side of Buffalo. Twelve students designed and painted two new wooden benches that will sit in the East Delevan…

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Father Robert J. Perelli 1949-2022

Rev. Dr. Robert J. Perelli, CJM, who dedicated his life to serving the underserved, died suddenly Aug. 2, 2022. He was 72. A graduate of St. John Vianney Seminary, and Christ the King Seminary formerly in East Aurora, Father Perelli was ordained in 1976 at OLV Basilica and said his first Mass at Our Lady…

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YouCon asks who are the Ezekiels in your life

The rain exploded with a mighty crash as YouCon: Rise began. Keynote speaker Mark Hart said he saw more rain coming from the airport to St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville then in the last six months at his Phoenix home. But the weather did not dampen the spirits of the 160 high schoolers…

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Pope attends delivers message for participants of Italian Alpha Camp

Dear young friends, good morning and welcome! You are young people who come from Italy and other countries of Europe. You were born into a world that we speak of as “secularized,” meaning that our culture is more influenced by the realities of this world than by the dimension of the sacred. Nonetheless, deep within the…

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Church leaders urged to be trailblazers in addressing systemic racism

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When deadly, racially motivated violence erupted in a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, a Pittsburgh synagogue, a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and most recently in Buffalo, New York, Catholic Church leaders have responded. Such high-profile reminders of the tragic carnage of racism prompts women religious, deacons, priests and bishops to…

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175 flashback: Bishop Timon, founder of the diocese

Bishop John Timon, CM, left a lasting impression on the Diocese of Buffalo, the full scope of which is probably not well known.  Bishop Timon, who served in Buffalo from 1847 to 1867, was not only the founder of the diocese, but the foundation as well. He built the first hospital in the city, as…

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Sister Nancy Miller, OSF 1945-2022

Sister Nancy Miller, OSF, who had a lifelong ministry in education, died Aug. 1, 2022, at Mount Carmel Grove City Hospital, Grove City, Ohio. She was 76.  Born Sept. 27, 1945, in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Francis and Ruth Grosh Miller, graduated from Rosary High School in Columbus, Ohio, and Rosary Hill College in …

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All are invited to diocesan Renewal Mass Sunday, Aug. 28

The faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo have begun a journey to reinvigorate the Catholic faith throughout Western New York. Just as Jesus’ disciples traveled with Him on the road to Emmaus, the local disciples are traveling on their own Road to Renewal. All are invited to join Bishop Michael W. Fisher and representatives from…

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