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Kirk Cameron, the '80s TV sitcom star turned evangelical Christian, will bring his national "Love Worth Fighting For" tour Aug. 25 to the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence. Cameron, who is best known for his starring role in the TV show "Growing Pains," and singer/songwriter Warren Barfield will lead the three-hour event that starts at 7 p.m. and features the s…

Wintertime – especially the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – tends to be a time when Western New Yorkers are most apt to turn their attention to helping support the Food Bank of Western New York. Those at Congregation Shir Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church in  Amherst understand, however, that summertime can be a heavier burden for families that include childre…

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities is putting its home for 62 nuns in Williamsville on the market. The congregation is seeking someone to buy and operate its St. Mary of the Angels regional house, at 201 Reist St., on the condition that sisters living in the home can remain there, said Rochelle Cassella, a Sisters' spokeswoman. Eventually, lay resid…

Catholic Charities of Buffalo met its 2017 Appeal goal by raising $11 million thanks to a strong push at the end of this year's campaign, officials announced Tuesday morning. The campaign brought in $11,069,168, down slightly from last year's $11.1 million total. But the drive has met its target in 91 of its 93 years, with the exceptions of 2008 and 2009. Money raise…

Sitting in his favorite blue easy chair, Monsignor Thomas F. Maloney looked around the small rectory office where he counseled hundreds of people as they dealt with some of the worst troubles of their lives. "They come to you with serious problems, and you do your best to help," said the 74-year-old priest, looking back on his long tenure as pastor of St. Amelia Church …

Hundreds of Sisters of Mercy are expected to lead a walk of prayers to Canalside Friday, where they will advocate for water rights and protection of the Great Lakes. The "Walk for Water" is spurred by the United States' recent withdrawal from the global climate agreement struck in Paris in late 2015. "The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and all threa…

Sept. 11, 1936 – June 3, 2017 Rabbi Shay E. Mintz, a Jewish educator and spiritual leader in Buffalo for more than 40 years, was an eyewitness to Israel’s independence. Born in Tel Aviv to Jewish immigrants who had come to what was then Palestine in the 1920s, Yeshayahu Eliezer Mintz was 11 when the United Nations voted to divide Palestine into separate Jewish an…

The tears we cry from peeling an onion are different than our tears of joy or sorrow. The latter tend to contain hormones to lift our spirits or ease our pain. “They’re 50 percent water and 50 percent love,” said David Kessler, a leading grief and healing expert who will lead daylong seminars in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse next week. The pain that comes …

Catholic Charities of Buffalo's annual campaign had reached 91 percent of its $11 million goal as of Friday, and the Buffalo diocese is worried the fundraising campaign may come up short. Typically at this time of the campaign, the appeal has reached 95 or 96 percent of its goal. "Barring a significant increase in donations during this final month, the 2017 appeal is…

The merged congregation of Temple Beth Tzedek and B'nai Shalom plans to build a new, 10,210-square-foot synagogue on North Forest Road that will connect to the existing synagogue on the site. The construction will allow Temple Beth Tzedek to move from its longtime Getzville Road home, which the congregation is selling to Northtown Automotive. The combined congregation h…