Ordination Update: 9 New Deacons for Buffalo

H/T to Deacon Don Weigel for passing this along. The men were ordained Saturday at St. Joseph Cathedral. Caption: Laying hands on Deacon Paul Augustyn; Deacon Thomas Friedman; Deacon Mark Kehl; Deacon Francis Lagona; Deacon Marc Leaderstorf; Deacon V. Gregory Moran; Deacon David Rotterman; Deacon Miguel Santos and Deacon John Wlos Photo by Patrick McPartland [Read More...]

Buffalo parish discovers hidden letters to God from children

From Buffalo comes this surprising story of a discovery that is reminding a parish of its past — and offering hope for its future: They were letters to God, written by schoolchildren more than a century ago. And since being discovered concealed in a cross atop Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Clark Street, they continue [Read More...]

Twin brothers who were friars die within hours of each other at 92

A remarkable and touching story from Buffalo: From the moment of their birth in Buffalo 92 years ago, twin brothers Julian and Adrian Riester rarely left each other’s side. They played together, went to school together, as young men traveled cross-country together — and, in their 20s, joined the Franciscan order together. And on Wednesday, [Read More...]

Mass exodus: why are they leaving the Church in Buffalo?

It’s a problem a lot of Catholic dioceses are facing, but it seems especially acute in upstate New York. From the Buffalo News: More people in Western New York adhere to Catholicism, by far, than any other faith, but clergy sometimes joke that the area’s second-largest denomination also is Catholic. Its members just don’t show [Read More...]

Buffalo bishop emeritus marks 75 years as a priest

Imagine the changes he’s witnessed during his priesthood. Details, from the Buffalo News: The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo’s oldest priest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of his ordination today. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Bernard J. McLaughlin, 98, will commemorate the occasion with a family dinner in his Town of Tonawanda home and a visit from Bishop [Read More...]