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Joseph Cathedral on September 17, After ordination he returned to Rome to finish school for the first year of his priesthood. Upon returning to the Diocese of Buffalo he was assigned as parochial vicar to St. Paul Church in Kenmore.

He then spent some time as a parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Niagara Falls. That was the end of being a parish priest for a while. Father Sal then returned to school in Rome to study Canon Law. He worked at the Tribunal in the Catholic Center in Buffalo during the summers when school was not in session.

Returning from Rome he was assigned as a judge and defender of the bond for the Tribunal. About a year and a half later he was appointed the Judicial Vicar for the Diocese. During this time he was also in residence and assisted at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Buffalo.

For the past 13 years he has also been the pastor of St. Louis Church across the street from the Catholic Center. He enjoys being a part of the lives of his parishioners as well as the people he works with. The administration end of being a pastor is challenging. You have to approve everything and that can be very challenging at times. Most priests have to deal with being the plant manager, business manager, maintenance man, janitor, construction manager, etc.

When he gets some free time, Fr. Sal enjoys gardening, running, walking, bike riding and reading; all things that help him to relax and work off some of the stress of the day.

He would encourage those considering priesthood to keep going even when things seem difficult and to enjoy the process. You never know what each day will bring. Sometimes God uses seemingly inconsequential moments to call our attention to the big picture he has in mind for us. His parents both worked for Kodak but after the children came along, his mother stayed home to raise them full time.

Father Dan recalled his earliest thoughts of becoming a priest occurred one day at Mass. What caught my attention was this little smile he had. I was probably around junior high school age at the time. Something about that smile just clicked for me — that he just shared something so beautiful with everyone. He had connected everyone with Christ at that moment and it was clear that he loved what he did. So it started with Mass but strangely at a time doing the dishes after the meal when you would least expect!

He considers that a big part of his religious experience growing up; so much so, that he decided to go there for college. By this time he had discerned that God was calling him to the priesthood. He entered into a Pre-Theology program which was a sub section of the university geared towards those interested in priesthood.

It was a wonderful, supportive experience. While abroad he visited Rome and Assisi in Italy. He prayed a lot about what path God wanted him to follow in his priesthood.

Was he called to become a diocesan priest or to join an order? The life of St. Francis of Assisi was always very attractive to him. Most people are impressed by his life of poverty and concern for the poor but Fr. Young Dan even took Francis as his Confirmation name and when he visited Assisi he thought for sure God would reveal to him which path of priesthood he should choose. But Assisi was empty in the sense that he did not have a spiritual experience that lead him to believe God was calling him to become a Franciscan and so he pursued diocesan priesthood.

He struggled to see himself as a future priest because he was shy and he thought he might not be effective at such a public ministry. His first assignment was to Queen of Heaven Parish in West Seneca where he spent three years as a parochial vicar. Father Dan was recently named pastor of St. He enjoys fixing things like computers as well as construction and home repair.

When he was home schooled he spent time helping teach his younger siblings. His parents have an old farm house so there has been plenty of opportunity to become proficient in repair skills.

He learned a lot from working with his father on these projects and finds these skills very useful now that he is a pastor. Both patience and the ability to fix things come in handy for a priest in charge of a parish. Father Dan also enjoys board gaming with friends. He played a lot of board games with his family growing up and finds that while playing there is also time to have conversations which lead to great bonding experiences.

His father also instilled in him a love of the outdoors. There are two aspects of priesthood that Fr. Dan enjoys the most. The experience of the priest on the other side of it is usually the opposite. Concerning advice on priesthood to those who may be discerning, Fr. If God is calling, the Hound of Heaven will track you down. The stronger your relationship is with God and with his people, the more clear it will be what God is asking you to do.

Every once in a while, the call to priesthood comes in the form of one of those St. This was the case for Fr. He spent his elementary school years in public school and then went to Canisius High School.

During a senior year retreat, a priest spoke about vocations to the priesthood. That was when the idea first entered his mind about becoming a priest but quickly left after the retreat ended. He put the book down and immediately had an encounter experience with the Lord. It was unbelievable, that love! After that experience, Fr. Fresh from that experience he walked into the kitchen, sat down, and told his mother he was going to become a priest.

She was not happy. When she relayed the message to his father, he was not happy either. His parents thought he would eventually drop the idea, however, that opposition made him more determined than ever to become a priest. Eventually after he was ordained, his father had a conversion experience. He went to confession and started attending church on a regular basis. He started out studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Buffalo but during that first semester he felt like there was something missing.

He sought the counsel of a priest from Canisius High School who sent him to see the Rector of the seminary. He made an application and was accepted the same day but had to wait from then December until August to begin classes. He did not return to UB the next semester but instead got a job to pass the time. Upon calling to inquire, he discovered that they were waiting to hear from him to make sure he was still interested.

And interested he was! He began his studies at the minor seminary on Dodge Street in for the first two years. After that he was supposed to start at St. John Vianney Seminary now Christ the King but took a slight detour. He enjoyed that experience very much. It was a very strict environment but he felt that was just what he needed. They prayed several times a day, worked five hours a day and studied as well. After two more years with the Josephites, studying in Washington, D.

They felt that he was more suited to become a diocesan priest so he returned to East Aurora, NY and began studies at St. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Buffalo in Father DiGiulio began his priesthood by spending one year each at St. Columba in the city of Buffalo, St. Mary parish in Lancaster and St.

Francis of Assisi in the Love Joy district. It was there that Fr. DiGiulio became involved with the Charismatic Renewal Movement. He then spent time serving at Infant of Prague and in was granted his first pastorate at Holy Trinity in Dunkirk where he served for seven years.

It was then on to St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parish in Cheektowaga for a few years after which Fr. In this position he had an office at the Catholic Center in the city and he was also assigned to three parishes in Belmont. The travel back and forth became too difficult so he was then assigned pastor of St. After serving as Director of Charismatic Renewal, he spent a few months as administrator of St. Teresa of Avila in Akron and then two years with Fr.

Paul Seil at St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park until he retired in Upon retiring, he founded Burning Bush Healing Ministry where he provides physical and spiritual healing assisted by members of Charismatic Renewal. Not everyone responds well to the help they need. Father DiGiulio is a big sports fan. Follow Jesus Christ and he will lead and teach you how to live your life. Father DiGiulio often reaches back to that high school experience he had for his strength. He always puts me back on track.

The realization of His love is what makes for happiness. Being his priest, being of service to Him is just a joy beyond belief! Father Sam Giangreco remembers thinking about becoming a priest as early as age 7.

His family experienced a physical miracle which inspired him to want to serve either as a priest. He credits the love and religious formation of his family and parish of St. Gregory the Great with providing him the graces and blessings he needed to bravely ask God what he should do with his life. After his early consideration of the priesthood, Fr. Sam recalls that the feeling left him around the eighth grade. Social pressures pushed out his thoughts of a religious life and he was able to hide that away from his friends and from himself.

After graduating from St. During the first semester of his freshman year while dorming at UB, he felt the call to priesthood return. I remember thinking to myself that I wanted to give my whole life up for God. Augustine, he felt called to holiness…but not right now.

Most students in their senior year of college will tell you it is a time of big decisions. The pressure is on to do something with all those years of preparation and Sam was no different. He turned to his Catholic faith in order to get some answers and found that going to confession, attending Mass even during the week, and Eucharistic Adoration were just what he needed.

He was overcome again by that enormous feeling of love only this time he lost the fear of doing something about it and he took the first steps to enter the seminary. Walt Szczesny, the Vocation Director at the time, and discussing the details involved in becoming a seminarian, Fr.

Jesus made the choice easy when I put all my trust in Him. When thinking about his May 28, ordination, Fr. Sam recalled being so happy that his family and friends could share in that special day with him. They continue to support him with their love and prayers to this day. His first and current assignment is as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna. Father Sam finds it challenging to get up and speak in front of people.

Sam also expressed that he loves to preach. When he gets some time off, Fr. He also enjoys road trips to different places. Joseph Nguyen has for men considering a vocation to priesthood. Let God use you and He will take care of the rest. The third of his parents four children, he was born in Vung Tau, South Vietnam in Tragedy struck early when his father was arrested and put in jail for joining with the American Army to combat the threat of communism in his country.

His father, who passed away in while still incarcerated, used to drive him every day to school which was located next to a Catholic Church. His first thoughts of becoming a priest were inspired by that pastor. He noticed that the pastor was busy all day and then at night would often have to go to the hospital when called.

Why can it only be you? I want to do that! After high school, he applied to enter the seminary and was accepted by his bishop but was denied entry by the Vietnamese government.

However, things changed when he found himself in that largely Catholic environment. He entered the seminary instead and studied Philosophy. After five years his visa expired and he had to return to Vietnam to renew it. When the government realized he was pursuing Philosophy instead of Economics they forbid him to return to the Philippines. With that door closed, another one did indeed open. A Mexican priest he met while in the Philippines referred him to a Vocation Director friend of his in the United States.

Upon arriving in Davenport, Iowa he had the extra added burden of learning how to speak English. He spent one year doing that, two years studying Pre-Theology and then Theology.

Father Nguyen graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in and was ordained to the priesthood in Iowa the same year. In he asked permission to move to the Diocese of Buffalo. He has an aunt, uncle, nephews and nieces living in the Buffalo area.

It has a lot of variety and the environment is very nice. His first assignment was to St. Andrew Parish in Kenmore where he currently lives. His role has since changed from parochial vicar at the parish to full time chaplain at Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo. The chaplain position is five days a week, Monday through Friday. He helps out his brother priests who need coverage by presiding at early morning and weekend Masses where needed.

When time permitted before becoming a hospital chaplain, Fr. Joseph enjoyed golfing and fishing. They just need us to be there to listen to them. Sometimes I give advice and suggestions. Father Joseph sometimes has trouble understanding the patients and they sometimes have trouble understanding him. Having a common Catholic Faith makes communication easier when he is speaking to people in a parish setting.

People he encounters in the hospital are sometimes Catholic but not practicing. They may have stopped attending church for various reasons and seeing him dressed in his clerics brings to mind their objections. For the most part, being a hospital chaplain is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience for Fr.

After all, it is the ministry that originally attracted him to the priesthood. His mother and siblings are still in Vietnam and he is able to visit them at least once a year.

Father Nguyen is very happy being a priest and believes that if he could do it all over again, he would have entered the seminary earlier. Father Robert Mock has had an abundance of experiences and opportunities that have so far enriched his priesthood and his life. He attended public school and graduated from Amherst Senior High School in Grant Company — more commonly known as the Grants Stores. He was drafted, joined the Navy and was stationed in Rhode Island for four years doing general administrative work.

The government provided servicemen the opportunity to attend college so Robert spent three or four semesters at Providence College where he became familiar with the Dominicans. He decided to enter the order of the Dominicans but ended up leaving after eight months and going back to work for a Grants Store in Syracuse. Thoughts of the priesthood remained on his mind even after leaving the Dominicans.

He left Grants and accepted a position at WKBW Channel 7 where he worked for five years in the sales and business offices. While he was working there, the Diocese of Buffalo began promoting vocations to the priesthood through the use of billboards. That billboard, coupled with the inspirational message from Father Berrigan was enough to convince him he should at least take another look at priesthood. In , he entered Wadhams Hall Seminary College to begin his studies. While he was there he noticed an article in the local paper asking for volunteers to read for the print handicapped at WXXR Reach Out Radio.

After he auditioned, he waited to hear back from them but they never contacted him. While he was in the area he would visit parishioners who were in the Rochester area hospitals.

Around that time the Journey in Faith and Grace began. With the condensing of parishes there was actually an excess of priests for a short time.

He had already been teaching there for 19 years as Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies. In Father Mock was not sure if he wanted to be the pastor of another parish again.

He thought he might stay at Trocaire until he retired but when the opportunity became available to lead the flock at Saint Benedict Parish in Amherst, he decided to apply. He thought about what a 21 st century parish should look like and he came up with two main objectives. One was to offer multiple opportunities for faith formation for people in the parish and the other was to become involved in outreach opportunities within the surrounding community.

Having spent so much time teaching young adults at the college level, Father Mock felt very comfortable engaging that age group at Saint Benedict by offering them faith formation and social opportunities as well as involvement in outreach ministry.

He has worked diligently to implement lifelong faith formation programs for people of all ages at his parish. Father Mock has held several positions of service and leadership within the diocese. I get to interface with Jewish people, Protestants and people of little or no faith. You have to be attentive and savvy enough to understand the administration side of the parish and yet sensitive enough to be able to handle all the pastoral things.

You have to learn to be a little tough on the administrative side and at the same time be much softer on the pastoral side. Cunningham, a former Buffalo Police Commissioner. It was during this time that Father Cunningham began to think about the priesthood. Father Cunningham remembers reading a vocations issue of the Western New York Catholic newspaper in the early s that featured profiles of various priests in the Diocese of Buffalo.

That was a catalyst for the beginning of his journey to the priesthood. He was particularly interested in the story of Father David Gallivan and reached out to the priest to meet for coffee. After many discussions, Father Gallivan introduced him to the vocations director for the Diocese, and Father Cunningham entered the seminary in East Aurora that year.

C oming to his vocation studies later in life, Father Cunningham was one of the older seminarians at the time. But he enjoyed the studies at the seminary and found his fellow seminarians supportive. He was ordained in and said his first Mass at St. As he gained experience as a priest, Father Cunningham says his teaching background helped him in sharing the Catholic faith with parishioners.

From there he became administrator of Holy Family parish in South Buffalo. He became pastor of St. For the young men considering the priesthood, Father Cunningham speaks from experience when he advises them to not be afraid to try it.

It is very rare these days for a priest from the Diocese of Buffalo to attend seminary anywhere other than Christ the King in East Aurora. Also rare is for a priest from the Buffalo area to work outside the diocese. Monsignor Fred Voorhes has done both. Born and raised in Buffalo at St.

Gerard Parish, young Fred grew up like most boys his age. He attended Catholic school, enjoyed playing neighborhood sports with his friends as well as quiet time reading on his front porch and was open to hearing the call of God in his life.

His mother was of Italian heritage and a very devout Catholic. Her brother was Bishop Pius Benincasa, Auxiliary Bishop of Buffalo, to whom he turned when feeling called to the priesthood. He was also influenced and encouraged to follow that call by his eighth grade teacher, Sr. She is still alive and they continue to exchange Christmas cards. After eighth grade, young Fred entered the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary for high school and two years of college.

He continued on to St. At the time seminarians were permitted to apply to study abroad. He chose to apply to Rome and was accepted. He spent three years studying at the Gregorian University, a Jesuit institution, as well as one year at the Angelicom University, associated with the Dominicans.

Languages became sort of a hobby for him as he learned to speak his ancestral language of Italian and study Greek, Latin, German and French. He spent one summer in Mexico as an exchange student where he learned Spanish. After ordination he returned to Buffalo and was assigned as a parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in East Aurora where he spent two years.

He then ministered for four years at St. Edmund in Tonawanda which is now closed. Having served six years in parish life, Fr. Fred decided he would like to pursue a Doctorate.

He returned to Rome to study Dogmatic Theology but after a month was approached to work at the Vatican in the Congregation for Bishops. I thought I would get my Doctorate, return to Buffalo and work in Family Life Ministry which eventually happened but was postponed by about six years. Once again he found himself far from home. Father Voorhes tried to have a good rapport with the media even though one superior urged him not to communicate at all with them.

There were some things he could talk about and other things he could not. His appointment to the Vatican ended in and at the age of 37 he was made a Monsignor the day before he left to return to Buffalo. Voorhes was asked by Bishop Mansell to become the pastor of St. It is a very pretty area. After his first term was completed there was talk of merging his parish with another. Mary in East Eden which was farther away.

He decided not to reapply as pastor of St. John the Baptist and as he neared retirement age, reviewed his options. He took a month off to move in and get settled before accepting another assignment. Monsignor Voorhes agreed to serve at St. Before he began that assignment, he was informed that his father was nearing the end of his life in Florida.

He was able to spend some time with his father before he died and after his funeral began his term as administrator. Monsignor Voorhes spent ten months at St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga, St. Thomas Aquinas in South Buffalo and St. Anthony Parish in Buffalo, as well as helping out whenever one of his brother priests needed him. On November 1, after 45 years of ordination to the priesthood, he retired from active ministry.

He continues to enjoy what he considers to be the best part of priesthood, ministry. One of the perks of retirement is being able to celebrate the Sacraments, Mass, hearing confessions etc. Monsignor Voorhes enjoys concerts, plays, classical music, swimming, gardening, watching sports, game shows and PBS on TV as well as reading. His cat, Kailee, wandered on to his property and has been a companion ever since.

Not a previous pet owner, he is learning how to care for her. Sometimes, especially when it comes from a priest, that little tap on the shoulder is all it takes to awaken someone to a call from God. Father Michael LaMarca has been ordained less than a year but has had a close connection to his Catholic Faith all his life. Raised in West Seneca, his early education was through the West Seneca school system.

His parents raised him and his older sister and brother as faithful Catholics at St. Gabriel Parish in Elma. It was there that young Michael became very involved first as an altar server then as a lector, extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, Youth Group member, Religious Education instructor and Youth Advisor.

Bonaventure University for a year studying Business Administration and then moved to Medaille College to pursue a career in Sports Management. A big baseball fan, he left a job at Wegmans to intern with the Buffalo Bisons becoming the right hand man for the Director of Promotions and Entertainment in the summer of between his junior and senior years.

He was very impressed by the priests who ministered at St. Gabriel Parish when he was a youth. Father Art Mattulke, Fr. Dan Palys, the pastor and Fr. Peter Karalus, made priesthood appealing to me. They were happy priests who enjoyed their service to the people and they were very pastoral.

In August of before starting his senior year of college he called Fr. Walt or any of the other priests who encouraged him. They let him go at his own pace, discerning in his own way and time. Ordained May 28, , Fr. His first and current assignment is as parochial vicar at St. His early mentor, Fr. Peter Karalus is the pastor there.

Father Mike fondly remembers that Fr. Mike enjoys hiking, working out, playing pick-up sports and generally being outside. He loves to take in a ball game or a hockey game and has recently taken up hunting. He finds it difficult to say, no, not just to things people invite him to but more to people who ask a question and really want the answer to be, yes.

Having been through the discernment process so recently himself he would advise anyone who is thinking about a vocation to the priesthood or religious life to keep an open mind. Any field will be helpful to him if he discerns that he should become a priest because priests are involved in so many different aspects of life.

They are teachers, business men, event planners, etc. Mike also suggests that if a man already has a college degree, he should keep himself open to his life experiences and see how God is working through him.

Father Mike describes the priesthood as being both challenging and rewarding. I wake up in the morning thinking, what encounters am I going to have today? The diocesan priesthood was the furthest thing from the mind of young Adolph Kowalczyk as he began his education at Transfiguration Elementary School.

Things changed when a missionary priest spoke to his class. That sort of captured my heart and my interest because of the enthusiasm of this priest when he was speaking about the missionary work that they were doing. He did a lot of reading about the saints and the world. In eighth grade he read about St. They had a high school connected with the order that Adolph very much wanted to attend.

His parents were not thrilled with the idea of him leaving the country and living in Canada while attending high school; but after a visit from a priest associated with the school, as well as a visit to the school itself, they gave their consent. After high school he thought he should take some time away to experience a regular college. It was a difficult decision to leave the Carmelites but he thought it best. He began his studies at St. Mary College in Orchard Lake, Michigan.

He was there in when Poland was under Martial Law and described it as a very difficult time. He returned to Michigan and graduated from St. Originally he thought he was going to be a missionary priest who would travel far away perhaps as part of the Carmelite Order with different kinds of ministries, but that was not how it turned out. He then spent four years at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Kenmore and after that was named pastor at St.

He began that assignment eleven years ago and is there currently. He has noticed some changes since the first time he served there, most notably, a decrease in the number of priests. He finds it challenging to minister alone and misses the days when he had two other priests to bounce ideas off of and to share the ministry work.

Though not a missionary priest, Fr. Adolph does enjoy traveling! He also likes to read, watch movies and spend time with his friends. He is the youngest in his family with two older sisters. Both his parents and one of his sisters have gone home to the Lord. Also what I learn from people about their faithfulness, the example they are to me. He advises those discerning a call to the priesthood to make sure they have a really deep commitment to prayer.

They need to take time to discern where God is calling them to be. He believes they should be open to the Holy Spirit. Sometimes God gets your attention in one area so He can lead you somewhere else. Father Adolph has had seminarians from Christ the King Seminary stay with him on summer assignments and currently has a seminarian who is on his pastoral year. It is extra work for a pastor to act as a mentor for men discerning their call to priesthood but so very rewarding for all involved.

The priesthood encompasses a wide variety of opportunities for ministry. A priest can, on any day of the week, find himself in the position of counselor, office manager, minister of Sacraments, decorator, handy man, advisor, listener, speaker and in the case of Fr. Paul Steller, more often than not, teacher. Gerard grade schools and considered becoming a priest when he was in the fifth grade. He credits his vocational decision in part to the influence of the sisters who taught him. He entered the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary which included four years of high school and two years of college.

After earning a B. John Vianney now Christ the King Seminary in Paul earned an M. Degree in Education from Canisius College and in an M. Paul spent his first year as a priest at the Missionary Apostolate Church, St. While assigned there he also taught part-time as a Professor of Theology at Trocaire College. He stayed with teaching and in campus ministry for the next 28 years. It was then that he was assigned to parish life at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Lancaster where he currently resides and ministers.

Possibly related to his years in campus ministry, Fr. He believes that everyone benefits when people use their gifts and talents in ways that help their parish community.

Father Paul is a collector and has many books. He enjoys reading and watching movies. He has two sisters. They currently live in the Buffalo area, are married and have families. Having been very involved with scripture, Fr. Father Paul was recently part of a team teaching effort at Canisius College where he, a doctor and a biologist taught moral issues together. Each class all three weighed in on moral issues from their unique frame of reference.

One Sunday several years ago, as pastor of St. Mary of the Cataract Parish in Niagara Falls, Father Michael Burzynski was preparing for Mass when he looked out a side door at the congregation gathering for the service. He did a double-take, not quite sure if what he was seeing was real.

There in the pews were 25 to 30 Elvis Presley impersonators, all dressed in full Elvis attire including black wigs and white suits. As it turns out, the parish is located next to the Seneca Niagara Casino in the Falls, and there was a convention of Elvis impersonators in town for the weekend.

Father Mike says the congregation hosted many such guests every week because of the proximity to the casino, including entertainers and tourists. Father Mike is currently the pastor of St. John Gualbert Parish in Cheektowaga and his journey to the priesthood is highlighted by many milestones over more than 25 years. He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in psychology from Canisius College. Returning to Buffalo, Father Mike was a psychologist in private practice for about three years.

He specialized in forensic work focused on human behavior, and assisted numerous local police departments with his expertise. He also served as assistant superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Buffalo.

He enjoyed his work, but still thought about the priesthood. Father Mike entered Christ the King Seminary in , noting that his experience as a psychologist and degrees from Notre Dame gave him a unique perspective in his studies. He was ordained a priest in his home parish, Our Lady Help of Christians, in , and was assigned as parochial vicar at Assumption parish in Buffalo. From there his assignments included St.

Aloysius in Cheektowaga and St. John the Baptist in Kenmore. He served as pastor at St. Mary of the Cataract for 11 years, overseeing the renovation and restoration of the church which was built in Outside parish life, Father Mike has been involved with a wide variety of interests and community organizations. He served as town historian in Cheektowaga and was president of the Cheektowaga Patriotic Commission.

He is on the board of directors of the Notre Dame Club of Buffalo. And then there is perhaps his greatest interest — relics of the saints. Father Mike oversees a collection of more than 1, saint relics, thought to be the largest such collection on the East Coast.

A relic can be defined as a part of the body, or some personal item of a saint or martyr. John Gualbert, includes relics from the apostles, European and American saints, martyrs and Blesseds. The listing at the Shrine includes relics of Jesus such as a piece of the room where the Last Supper was held; a piece of the shroud of Jesus; and a relic from the cross of Jesus. Father Mike says his interest began as a high school student when he was actively involved in Our Lady Help of Christian Parish.

Peter and Paul, where St. John Neumann was pastor. Father Mike found references to St. John Neumann as having said Mass and performed baptisms at the Chapel and the high school student sent that information to Philadelphia. The organization in turn sent a relic from St.

When Father Mike thanked them, the organization sent another St. He notes that obtaining certified relics of the saints has become much more difficult around the world and he believes the collection at St. John Gualbert will remain one of the largest in the Catholic faith.

I have particularly loved parish life. In fact, it was my strong desire to return to my parish family at St. John Gualbert that helped me recover from some health issues a couple of years ago. Father Mike advises any young man thinking about the priesthood to visit with his parish priest. It is such a unique experience.

He recalls feeling drawn to the priesthood as young as twelve years old. In his community, boys who were interested in the priesthood often lived in the rectory with the priests helping out with chores, preparing for Mass in the sacristy as well as serving at the altar and in general discovering what the life of a priest entails.

Many of them are my mentors. His parents raised him and his three brothers and three sisters in a Catholic home. Daniel engaged himself in many parish activities such as youth group, choir, Legion of Mary, Charismatic Renewal, etc. His family took in seminarians who were assigned to their parish. Families would host seminarians in their homes for their apostolic work.

Daniel became well acquainted with them when they lived in the family home. He entered the seminary in Nigeria but after completing his Philosophy and part of his Theology decided to leave for a while to further discern his vocation.

Father Daniel found employment at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, he taught in schools, and he also worked in different companies, but then once again felt God calling him to the priesthood.

There he studied Pastoral Theology and Catechesis. He then began to apply to dioceses and Buffalo was one of those who really encouraged him to come. Father Daniel expressed his happiness for the Diocese of Buffalo. They always pray for me. On June 6, Fr. Daniel was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Buffalo. When he gets time to himself he likes to visit friends, cook, ride his bike and play sports, such as soccer and basketball.

He also enjoys traveling and recently returned from a trip to Europe and Africa where he celebrated his one year anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. He went back to Belgium to visit people with whom he studied while he was there and celebrated Mass for them. They were so happy to see him and the feeling was mutual. He also got the opportunity to go to Rome for a few days.

A friend who works at Vatican City was able to arrange for Fr. Daniel to meet with Pope Francis during the general audience. Stephen Ogbeifun, who passed away three years ago. May his gentle Soul rest in peace. Father Daniel enjoys all aspects of ministry. Dispensing the Sacraments, Holy Eucharist, baptisms, funerals, weddings, etc. When I see myself doing it, I am happy and fulfilled to be in the moment where God has called me after the long journey from Africa to Europe and now to the USA.

I continue to give glory to God, because our God is so great and wonderful. The life of a priest is all about service and Fr. To lead others to God. He is very interested in helping men to discern where God is calling them. He also feels it is important to be a good example to those who are considering the priesthood.

But we are to help them discern their vocation well, especially in our own prayer and words of encouragement. There have been many people in Fr. He is very grateful to them and acknowledges that they have made his journey easier. He thanks his family, friends, The Serra Club of Buffalo, Knights of Columbus, and all those in the parishes in which he ministered while in the seminary for the supportive role they played.

To my beloved Father, Mr. Stephen Ogbeifun and all the faithful departed grant eternal rest. He believes that happiness reduces tension and everyone should strive to be happy, have a positive attitude and keep smiling.

A positive thoughtful thinking mind discerns correctly. I personally believe in genuine vocations. God calls and empowers with his grace and strength. We pray that God continues to inspire and direct us in accepting genuine vocations in our Diocese.

There is much joy in serving as a priest. I believe they will also be happy priests! Often times when young people are impressed by a role model, it sticks with them for life. Father Stanley Skiba was one of three priests of Assumption Parish in the Black Rock section of Buffalo when a sixth grade student at the parish elementary school took notice.

Young Robert Wozniak found Fr. Skiba, originally from Poland, to be very inspirational. He was impressed by the way this priest tended to the needs of the parish through the liturgical decorations of the church to his gardening around the parish; as well as responding most generously to the souls of his parishioners.

The Felician sisters, who taught in the school, were also very influential and encouraging of Robert to consider the priesthood. Yet, God usually wins in the game of hide and seek. A grey picket fence surrounded the yard and home in which he grew up with his loving parents and older sister. But he still felt something was missing. He decided to visit the college placement office to speak to an academic advisor about his future.

After graduating from college, Robert worked for a year at K-Mart in a managerial position while still discerning his vocation. He then met with the vocation director at the time, Fr. Gene Ulrich, and decided he wanted something more. He depended on his fellow classmates for support and was able to grow and mature in order to make that step.

Assumption also boasts of 52 Women Religious responding to the call from the parish as well! Angelo Caligiuri and Fr. Leo the Great in Amherst. There he ministered with another wonderful mentor, Msgr. William McDonnell who remained in contact with Fr.

Rob until his passing. He found that to be a tough assignment because he loved the aspects of the priesthood that his parish priest, Fr. Skiba, had originally inspired in him. James Major in Westfield and St. Thomas More in Ripley, NY. His next assignment was to St. Edmund Parish in Tonawanda, which included a parochial school and a parish preparing for a transition.

He left there after the parish merged with St. Christopher Parish and went on sabbatical to Rome, Italy for a priestly program of refreshment and renewal. Brendan on the Lake in After a time at St. Andrew Parish in Kenmore and St. The position of Director of Formation has the awesome responsibility of forming men into good and holy priests for our diocese. He currently holds that position as well as having been recently named Vice Rector of the seminary.

His room is decorated with many photos he has taken. One photo taken at St. Joseph Cathedral from the choir loft is of an angel looking down with the main altar in the background. A couple preparing for marriage loved the photo so much they decided to use it as the cover for their wedding program at the Cathedral.

Accepting this new role at Christ the King Seminary has been challenging for Fr. Once again, he has been taken away from the things he loves best about the priesthood to become involved in a very specialized ministry.

He has had to give up being involved in the lives of his parishioners and being active in a parish to become a role model for the men looking at priesthood and to help form them into what they should be. He is not doing baptisms, weddings, funerals, or any of those Sacramental things but instead forming Disciples of Christ so they can continue the work of priesthood. She has the gift of discernment of reading souls and that frightened Fr.

Now I see that this new role is maybe fulfilling that ministry she was talking about 20 years ago. Rob believes that you should talk to someone. Reach out to someone; your parish priest or Fr. Rob or the current Vocation Director, Fr. Rob would be willing to take that first step of the walk with anyone and share his story with you as you begin to see the presence of God and where that voice is calling you on this journey.

Father Mark Wolski was first enticed to think about the priesthood when he was only twelve years old. A priest visited his elementary school classroom to show a video and talk about his religious order. The video showed highlights of seminary life including a swimming pool and playing fields. Just put those thoughts out of your head for now. As a boy, young Mark belonged to St.

Casimir Parish along with his mother and his father who was a school teacher in the City of Buffalo, his older sister and brother. Everything revolved around the church in the neighborhood, social life, educational life and religious life.

The Catholic Faith was very present. He really enjoyed his high school years and also stayed active in his neighborhood attending CYO, etc. He and his family were very close to the priests assigned to their parish.

Mark decided he would pursue a career as a dentist and enrolled in Canisius College to study Pre-Med. At the age of 20 he realized eight years had passed since he watched that video in elementary school. Undaunted, Mark told the rest of his family of his plans to become a priest. Aunts and uncles alike were astounded that he would choose this path. He had an uncle who was a Conventual Franciscan and an army chaplain.

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Once a genuine American military hero, Bill Cody wrapped up his entire experience and put it inside a bottle. In that bottle, the Wild West grew more and more fantastic, and less and less real. The environment is controlled, the goings on are fake, and any bit of history is freely created. It's not unfair, I suppose, to say Buffalo Bill and the Indians has a somewhat simplistic revisionist history behind it, but, in a big way, it is itself about revisionist history.

Buffalo Bill Cody was revising history, creating entertainment out of true, historical human misery. And that's not only the suffering of the Native Americans, which is at the forefront of the film, of course, but also white settlers. The film begins with a rehearsal of an Indian raid on homesteaders. The bigger message is that was what Hollywood did, as well.

Bill likes his world, loves it, in fact. Sitting Bull, one of the greatest Indian leaders and, from most accounts, an enormously clever and skilled man, completely undermines Bill's superiority as soon as he arrives. A blowhard as big as Buffalo Bill deflates pretty easily.

Sitting Bull's presence also works to make Bill finally look around himself and begin to question the false world he has erected around himself. This thread of the film is resolved, at least as regards the narrative, in the climactic sequence, where Bill encounters Sitting Bull in a dream. This sequence is probably the low point of the film, I think.

It more or less spells out everything that the film has been building to, and it doesn't really accomplish anything new. We know Altman for his amazing and original climaxes, and this one is certainly not one of his best.

Still, it does work in a strictly functional way, and it is followed by a truly interesting and exquisite final sequence. This final sequence, which I won't discuss in this review, is not merely restating what has already come before, as I believe many viewers will take it. This, I think, is where the character of Buffalo Bill claims his pathos. Paul Newman's eyes in that final close-up are both frightening and quite sad, in any number of ways.

Any film as shallow as many people like to claim this one is would never have given rise to this much depth in one man's expression. If you watch it and don't see it, I really think you've missed the point. Even if you don't buy into the content of Buffalo Bill and the Indians, it's hard to imagine being unimpressed by Altman's direction or any of the other technical aspects of the film. Many claim it to be a bore, but I think Altman was just light years ahead of his audience at times.

It's very entertaining and especially very funny at times. There are any number of masterful sequences. In my opinion, it is second in achievement only to Nashville. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

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