A retired pastor and a lay woman with 45 years of service to the diocese and community will be honored next month with Christ the King Seminary's annual Cure of Ars Award.
The honorees will be Monsignor Gerard L. Green, former pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Hamburg, and Joyce E. Fink, retired public affairs director for Buffalo State College.
The awards will be presented by the Rev. Richard W. Siepka, president-rector of the seminary, during the 15th annual Cure of Ars Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo hotel.
The awards recognize individuals whose contributions to religious, civic, educational and professional life reflect faith-filled and dedicated service to others in the image of St. John Vianney, a humble parish priest in Ars, France, who was known as the Cure of Ars.
Ticket information is available by calling the seminary's institutional advancement office at 652-8900.
Monsignor Green, a native of Le Roy, retired in July as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul, where he had served for nearly 10 years. A priest for 43 years, he earlier was pastor of St. Barnabas Parish, Depew, and a chemistry teacher at the former Bishop Turner High School, now Turner-Carroll High.
Miss Fink, a Williamsville native, retired in 1992 as public affairs director at Buffalo State College. She remains active with numerous diocesan, religious and philanthropic organizations.
An Army veteran, Monsignor Green worked as a laboratory technician at Eastman Kodak, Rochester, before enrolling in Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Md., where he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. After entering Christ the King Seminary, he was ordained in 1956 and then earned a master of arts degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University.
Monsignor Green later did graduate work at Canisius College, the University of Notre Dame and the University at Buffalo, where he earned a master of education degree in chemistry.
After serving as a chemistry teacher and director of the science program at Bishop Turner for 15 years, he was appointed administrator and then pastor of St. Barnabas.
Active in several professional teaching and scientific organizations, Monsignor Green received distinguished service awards from the Western New York Science Congress, the Science Teachers Association of New York State and the New York State Science Congress Committee.
On the diocesan level, Monsignor Green is a member of the Priests Council, Diocesan Cemetery Board and College of Consultors. He is a former member of the board of directors of St. Francis High School, Athol Springs. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 51 years and is a past grand knight.
Monsignor Green has been chaplain to the Cheektowaga Police Association, the Depew Fire Department and the West End Hose Co.
Miss Fink has a bachelor of arts degree from the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College, Snyder, and a master's degree in education from the University at Buffalo.
During a 10-year career on the staff at Rosary Hill she held several positions, including assistant to the president for public relations and development. Under her guidance, the college established public relations and alumnae offices and held its first capital gifts campaign.
In 1965, Miss Fink joined the public relations department at Buffalo State College. She was appointed public affairs director in 1977. Since her retirement in 1992, she has been a public relations and fund raising consultant.
She currently serves on the Development Study Advisory Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Third Order Regular, the Media Advisory Board of the Office of Communications of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese, the executive committee of the Bishop's Council of the Laity, the Bison Fund Advisory Board and Holy Family Home board of directors. She is a trustee of the retirement trust of the Sisters of St. Francis of Holy Name Province and a member of the Endowment Fund Steering Committee of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Williamsville.
As a member of the Bishop's Council of the Laity, Miss Fink has been a driving force behind renovations to St. Joseph's Cathedral, leading a campaign that raised more than $250,000 in private donations to restore the Lady Chapel and sanctuary.
She also has been active with the SS. Peter and Paul Parish Council, Twentieth Century Club, Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, Baker Victory Services, Sacred Heart Academy, Camp Fire Girls, Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Christ the King Seminary, United Way and Buffalo Council on World Affairs.
Miss Fink has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Western New York Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the UB community-university citation for outstanding achievement in communications and the St. Paul Award from the diocesan Communications Department.