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Hilbert College announces international exchange with six European institutions

HAMBURG — Hilbert College announces international exchange partnerships with six institutions in Europe. The one-semester exchange programs will launch for the fall 2021 semester and include agreements with institutions in France, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Romania.  Hilbert’s international exchange program will be open to undergraduate students and faculty members at Hilbert and at the participating…

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Brother Nolasco celebrates 60 years with Brothers of Mercy

Brother Nolasco Grace, FMMA (seated) is surrounded by his fellow Brothers of Mercy as he celebrated 60 years serving the community. Photo courtesy of the Brothers of Mercy CLARENCE — The Brothers of Mercy Campus, as well as Brothers of Mercy Mary Help of Christians, is very blessed to benefit from the wonderful service of…

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Mass is ‘very important to me’ says newly ordained priest

Father Daniel Ulmer, prays with his family before the ordination Mass he shared with Father Chalres Johnson, Father Michael Johnson, and Father Ryan Keating at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo by Dan Cappellazzo Growing up in a very Catholic family that went to Mass together every Sunday, it is no surprise that Daniel Ulmer became a…

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Father Keating upholds four pillars of priesthood

Bishop Michael W. Fisher poses with newly ordained priest Father Ryan Keating following the ordination Mass of four local men at at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo by Dan Cappellazzo A priest must be equal parts educator, spiritual guide and evangelizer. Ryan Keating fits the bill. The Buffalo native joined Teach for America, a teacher corps…

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Reach for the Stars

Jim Lovell astronaut, naval aviator, mechanical engineer, and one of the first three humans to orbit the moon, once said, “There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” A…

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Nothing fulfilled him as much as active ministry

Bishop Michael Fisher blesses newly ordained priest Father Michael Johnson, during his the June 5 Ordination Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral. Photo by Dan Cappellazzo From a young age, Michael Johnson surrounded himself with service and ministerial opportunities; mostly with a Catholic base. Father Johnson, 45, grew up in Cheektowaga, attending Infant of Prague Parish…

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Sister Francis Marie Vallone, OSF 1925-2021

Sister Francis Marie Vallone, who spent 36 years in religious education as teacher and coordinator, died May 28, 2021. Born Josephine to parents, Frank and Frances Vallone, on May 6, 1925, Sister Francis Marie and her four brothers, lived on the West Side of Buffalo and were members of Holy Cross Parish.  They attended Number…

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Many miles covered on new priest’s spiritual journey

Father Charles E. Johnson Jr., prays during his ordination Mass. Father Johnson was ordained to the priesthood with his three classmates from Christ the King Seminary on June 5. Photo by Dan Cappellazzo Charles Johnson’s spiritual journey towards the priesthood took a straight path, but had many miles on it. Born in Westford, Massachusetts, Father…

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Hilbert College launches new division for online programs

HAMBURG — The Hilbert College board of trustees approved the establishment of Hilbert College Global – the new online division of Hilbert. Hilbert College Global will not only offer one of the most competitive tuition rates in the online education market, but it will provide students with a flexible and high quality online education. More information on…

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Four men ordained to the priesthood

Framed by the majestic architecture of St. Joseph Cathedral, soon to be priests (from left) Daniel Ulmer, Ryan Keating, Michael Johnson and Charles Johnson stand in front of the altar during their ordination Mass on June 5. Photo by Dan Cappellazzo Under the right conditions, a grain of wheat can bear much fruit. Four men, who…

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Sister Mary Priscilla Faltisko, RSM, 1927-2021

Sister Mary Priscilla Faltisko, educator, administrator and community councilor, died at in the Health Care Unit at Mercy Center, Buffalo, June 5, 2021, at the age of 94.  Born in Buffalo on Jan. 28, 1927, Anna Mae Faltisko was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Setlock) Faltisko. She attended St. Monica School. As one of six…

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude honors top students at commencement

On Thursday May 27, Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School celebrated its 72nd commencement. The ceremony took place on the lawn at 601 McKinley Parkway, with family, friends and neighbors coming out to congratulate the class of 2021.  Even during the pandemic, graduates received opportunities for academic and athletic scholarships totaling over $3 million. They will…

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