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Aug

2009

Bishop Kmiec ordains two men to the priesthood

Father Biernat, right, Father TourvilleSt. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo was the setting Saturday, Aug. 8 for the ordination to the priesthood of Father Ryszard Biernat (far right) and Father David Tourville.

A native of Poland, Father Biernat has been in the United States for seven years.  The second youngest of nine children, he grew up on a farm.  One of six children, Father Tourville was born in Rochester and moved to Batavia when he was 10.

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Aug

2009

Bishop Kmiec asks for prayers for storm victims

Flood damage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel ChurchBishop Edward U. Kmiec is asking Catholics throughout the Diocese of Buffalo to pray for the victims of last weekend’s heavy rain storms as they begin the arduous clean-up process.

“I am praying for those who lost their lives, the injured and those whose properties were affected,” Bishop Kmiec said. “I encourage the faithful of the diocese to remember the victims in their prayers and during Masses in all of our parishes this weekend.”

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10

Aug

2009

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute prepares to dedicate new science labs

New science wing at SJCISt. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute will dedicate of the Cullen Center for Excellence in Science and Residence for the Brothers of the Christian Schools will take place on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. on the walkway entering the new building, located on campus at 845 Kenmore Avenue in Buffalo. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will preside over the dedication and blessing of the three-story facility.

Following the brief dedication, the new science center will be made available to the public to explore, with St. Joe’s students on hand to serve as tour guides in a casual, open house style setting from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

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5

Aug

2009

State of the art campus ministry center to open at U.B.

Sign of the times at the Newman Center in AmherstBishop Edward U. Kmiec offered a blessing following a Mass on Aug. 2 at the site of the new Campus Ministry Center under construction on Skinnersville Road adjacent to the University at Buffalo's Amherst campus.  The 15,000 square foot multi-purpose center will include worship space that will seat 400, administrative offices, a student lounge, a kitchen and classroom space.

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4

Aug

2009

Bishop Kmiec appoints new victim assistance coordinator

Mary Ann Deibel-BraunBishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, has named Mary Ann C. Deibel-Braun, LCSW, of Snyder as the new assistance coordinator for the Diocese of Buffalo. Her main responsibility will be to coordinate assistance for the immediate pastoral care of persons who claim to have been sexually abused as minors by clergy or other church personnel.

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