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Bona’s Farm to Table program yields community

ST. BONAVENTURE — Have you ever planted and harvested 45 types of vegetables – and then served them in nutritious meals for your neighbors in need? A group of St. Bonaventure University students did exactly that this past summer during the Farm to Table program.   The service experience is an outreach ministry of St.…

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Pope encourages youth to be at home and protagonists in Church

People in St. Peter’s Square hold a banner acknowledging Christ as King as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking the square at the Vatican Nov. 21, 2021, the feast of Christ the King. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) At the conclusion of the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis greeted young people around…

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Three community leaders to be honored at Niagara University President’s Dinner

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY– The accomplishments of three individuals will be recognized at Niagara University’s 2021 President’s Dinner, Friday, Dec. 10, at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls. Proceeds from the President’s Dinner benefit Niagara University’s scholarship programs. Last year’s dinner raised $280,000 toward student scholarship assistance. The dinner reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and includes…

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Keep Your Mental Health Top of Mind This Holiday Season: Catholic Charities’ counselors share tips for navigating stress

With many separated from loved ones last holiday season due to the coronavirus pandemic, families and friends across Western New York are planning to restore their holiday traditions this year. The mental health counselors with Catholic Charities of Buffalo are sharing tips and coping strategies to help ease stress and feeling overwhelmed amidst the festivities. “The holiday…

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Volunteering at SPCA brings purpose, furry friends into lives of Bona students

St. Bonavanture University student Neeya Shetty visits with some kittens at the Cattaraugus County SPCA. (Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University) ST. BONAVENTURE — Cuddling a kitten, walking a dog, or feeling the deep purr of a cat glad for your company. These are experiences St. Bonaventure University students enjoy through volunteer work at the Cattaraugus…

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Sister Beatrice Leising, OSF 1945-2021

Educator, administrator and advocate for justice and the poor, Sister Beatrice Leising passed away Nov. 18, 2021. Sister Beatrice, also known in religious life as Sister Jean Elizabeth, entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Sept. 8, 1963, and made final profession on July 3, 1971. Sister Bea and her twin sister, Elizabeth, were born…

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Young Catholics gather for Road to Renewal listening session

More than 40 young Catholics came from throughout the diocese on Tuesday night, Nov. 16, to share their experiences of growing up and practicing their faith as the Road to Renewal hosted a Young Adult Listening session at St. Leo the Great Parish in Amherst.  Following a welcome from Father Bryan Zielenieski, vicar for Renewal…

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U.S. Bishops approve action items on their agenda at the fall general assembly

BALTIMORE — The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gathered for the 2021 fall general assembly in Baltimore this week. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this was the first in-person meeting of the full body of bishops since November 2019.   The meeting agenda included more than a dozen action items that were up for a vote:  By a voice…

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Sister M. Beatrice Venditti, OSF 1930-2021

Sister M. Beatrice Venditti, who served the community as a Franciscan Sister for 75 years, died Nov 3, 2021. She was 91. Sister Beatrice’s life began Feb. 19, 1930, when she was born Margaret Venditti in Elma, the seventh of eight children of John and Wilma Venditti. Margaret was baptized at Annunciation Parish in Elma…

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Hilbert assesses strategic plan progress

HAMBURG — Hilbert College launched its strategic plan, Hilbert 2025, in January 2020 with four distinct goals: Enhancing the Franciscan mission and identity, growing enrollment, strengthening academic performance and the student experience, and strengthening its financial position. After nearly two years, the college has made some tremendous strides towards fulfilling its strategic intent. This link…

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Communications and Faith Formation coordinator named at St. Mary of the Assumption

LANCASTER — Kaitlin Scirri of Depew has been named Communications and Faith Formation coordinator at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, effective Dec. 1. Scirri has been working as an administrative assistant in the parish’s Faith Formation office since fall 2020. In this role, she works behind the scenes to keep multiple faith formation and…

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Trocaire College names Kamu Pindiprolu to chief information officer

Trocaire College announced Kamu Pindiprolu as the chief information officer and a member of the college’s leadership team.  Pindiprolu brings more than 20 years of IT experience and developing successful business strategies and systems to his new role with Trocaire. As chief information officer, he will focus on driving strategic change when it comes to…

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U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection releases annual report

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection has released the 2020 Annual Report – Findings and Recommendations on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The report is based on the audit findings of StoneBridge Business Partners, a specialty consulting firm headquartered in Rochester,…

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