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Hamburg

The $8 million sale of the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in Hamburg to Catholic Health System has closed. The sisters will remain living in the convent at 5229 South Park Ave., while the remainder of the 40,000-square-foot LEED platinum-certified building is to be converted to about 40 market-rate apartments for senior citizens. "The idea is the sis…

Obituaries

Nov. 4, 1936 – Jan. 19, 2018 The Right Rev. Thaddeus S. Peplowski, Bishop Emeritus of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church, died Friday in the McAuley Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after nine months of declining health. He was 81. Consecrated as the seventh bishop of the diocese in a ceremony in Buffalo on Nov. 30, 1990, he helped org…

Niagara County

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Buffalo will present an award to Maj. Jose Santiago, leader of the Salvation Army in Lockport, at a luncheon Saturday. Santiago is to receive a Hero of Hope partner award, recognizing him for his work in the Lockport community, during a eastern Niagara County region Catholic Charities kickoff and volunteer training event at 11 a.m. i…

Health and Fitness

Four people who battled addiction with help from the Total Freedom program –  which takes place on a working farm about 25 miles outside Buffalo – recently talked about how their lives have changed Each credited the structure, healthy practices and shared support the program provides – as well as the central role they say God has provided in their recovery. MAURY'S S…

Health and Fitness

Have you spent the last several weeks helping your loved ones to enjoy the holidays? Providing foods and drinks you often avoid, and sampling quite a bit yourself? Running yourself ragged to get to every concert, party and special event? Spending too much money on gifts? No judgment here. “We see it a lot during the holidays, when you feel more responsible for tak…

Business

A motorcycle crash figures into the story of how Grace Guest House came to be in South Buffalo. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunny Sgt. David Celej nearly died in the 2013 crash in North Carolina. His father, who lives in Western New York, stayed in a hospitality house near the hospital where Celej spent several weeks recovering. The father returned to work and raved about…

Business

Yoga originated in northern India more than 5,000 years ago – roughly 3,000 years before the first Christmas – but its discipline has proven a capacity to stir a closer spiritual relationship for people of many faiths. Teresa DeLabio is among those who can attest. DeLabio, 26, a licensed massage therapist and member of The Chapel at Cross Point, discovered Holy Yoga …

Local News

LOCKPORT — The big, red kettle swinging from the tripod and the gent or lady ringing the bell for donations is a common sight this time of year, but few know the story behind that familiar Salvation Army symbol of the holiday season. “Doing the most good for the most people in the most need,” is the motto.    Chris Gresart, social services director for the Salvation…

St. Paul’s Cathedral will conclude its bicentennial year celebration at 7 p.m. Thursday with a "Bicentennial Evensong." The public is invited to attend. Evensong, sometimes called vespers, is evening prayer, psalms and music. The music of St. Paul's Choir will be featured. The Right Rev. R. William Franklin, bishop of the Diocese of Western New York, will lead the event…

Local News

Efforts to keep landmark St. Ann's Catholic Church open on Buffalo’s East Side have been dealt a blow by the Vatican. The Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court of appeal, has ruled that Bishop Richard J. Malone’s 2013 decree to close the church “retains its original force,” the Diocese of Buffalo announced. Friends of St. Ann, a group of parishioners hopin…

Buffalo

For more than 1,000 willing volunteers across Buffalo on Saturday, “giving thanks” meant going beyond offering a meal-time prayer at the holiday table. It was waking up early and breaking a sweat on a damp, chilly morning to help others in need. At St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, an assembly line of volunteers stuffed thousands of Thanksgiving meal bags with everything …

Erie County

A family practitioner and the mother of a West Seneca Army sergeant who was killed in Iraq have purchased the St. Columban Center in Evans for $1.4 million to turn it into a lodging and wedding venue. The Diocese of Buffalo announced the sale of the 27,000-square-foot retreat center on the Lake Erie shore Thursday. Dr. David Johnson, who has had a practice in Kenmore…

Erie County

It lasted only about 15 minutes, but the short film during the Sunday church service was still gut-wrenching and emotional for Samantha Bell. The 28-year-old Clarence woman watched as a teenage girl in the movie died alone at night on a concrete slab under a bridge. The girl in the film had become addicted to painkillers, and overdosed on drugs that she pulled out of…

Buffalo

South Buffalo enthusiasts who gather this weekend for The Partners for a Livable Western New York Walk will do so along a thoroughfare remarkably made over since the last such walk two years ago. "Back then, we were focusing on the problem properties and some things that could be done on different points of the street," said Marc Pasquale, president of the nonprofit Sou…