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PASTOR, BUSINESSMAN TO RECEIVE AWARDS AT CURE OF ARS DINNER

A Cheektowaga pastor and a Buffalo businessman will be honored by Christ the King Seminary during the annual Cure of Ars Dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The honorees will be Monsignor Angelo M. Caligiuri, pastor of Infant of Prague Parish, and Joseph J. Castiglia, former president and chief operating officer of Pratt & Lambert Paint & Varnish Co.

The awards will be presented by Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese and the Rev. Richard W. Siepka, president-rector of the seminary.

The honorees were selected by the seminary's board of trustees because their religious, civic, educational and professional contributions to life in the Buffalo community reflect faith-filled and dedicated service to others in the image of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests. A humble parish priest in Ars, France, Vianney was known as the Cure of Ars.

The awards dinner is the seminary's biggest social event of the year, attracting several hundred patrons. The general chairman is Eugene Vukelic, president of Try-It Distributing Co. of Lancaster.

Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $125 per person. For reservations, call the seminary development office at 652-8900.

A priest for 43 years, Caligiuri has been pastor of Infant of Prague since 1988; the parish has a membership of 2,200 families.

Ordained in Rome in 1958, Caligiuri spent his early ministry in a combination of parish service and other work, including service as a translator at the Second Vatican Council and as a civilian chaplain to Army troops in Germany from 1964 to 1966.

Caligiuri also has served as a teacher and spiritual director at Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, an instructor at Loyola University's Rome branch, a professor at St. John Vianney Seminary, vicar for religious, president of the Priests' Senate and a part-time campus minister at the Buffalo State College Newman Center.

As pastor of Infant of Prague, he serves on a variety of diocesan boards, committees and councils.

Castiglia, a 1955 graduate of Canisius College, was employed by the Haskins & Sellers accounting firm for 10 years before joining Pratt & Lambert as its treasurer and comptroller. He moved up the ranks to president before leaving the company in 1996 after it was acquired by out-of-town interests. He is a certified public accountant.

He currently serves as chairman and director of the Catholic Health System. He is a director of several corporations and organizations, including the National Conference for Community and Justice, and a trustee of Canisius College, Nichols School and the Vision Group of Funds.

He also has served as general chairman of the 1999 Catholic Charities Appeal and as associate chairman of the 1993 United Way of Buffalo and Erie County campaign.

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