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St. Benedict Church's enduring connection to immigrants will be portrayed in a dramatic new sculpture on the grounds of the Catholic parish on Main Street in Eggertsville. The parish on Wednesday unveiled a small resin model of the sculpture, "Angels Unawares," by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz. The actual bronze sculpture, which will measure 7 feet long and 6 fe…

Buffalo

A religious group led by immigrants from Congo and other African countries wants to turn a former motorcycle club building in Black Rock into a church. The Christ for Nations, Nations for Christ Church wants to convert the building at 66 Peoria St., into a home for its congregation, which includes members from African countries and Haiti, as well as local residents. …

Amherst

A Grand Island woman on Thursday accused a nun of sexually abusing her with a crucifix more than 60 years ago at a convent in Snyder. J. Carroll Becker said the nun used the crucifix as punishment after Becker wet her pants at a classroom desk in 1955, when she was five years old. "She told me it would cure me of defiling God's property," Becker said. Becker, 68, …

Gusto

For the second time in a month, religious programming in Western New York has suffered a big loss. WNYB-TV (Channel 26) Station Manager Sean Brennan confirmed that the religious station's owner, Tri-State Christian Television (TCT), decided to consolidate production to facilities in Marion, Ill., and and Akron, Ohio. He said the decision was made "after two years of …

Buffalo

First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church wants to more than double the size of its William Street facility with a new multipurpose space and sanctuary for its growing attendance. It is seeking Buffalo Planning Board approval to convert the existing 10,000-square-foot brick church at 467 William into a "Family Life Center" to be used for events, youth church services and …

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The Rev. Dennis G. Riter, in his first Mass since being suspended from ministry due to a sex abuse complaint, told parishioners he was happy to be back in the pulpit and acknowledged that "it's been a long three months." "I am so very, very happy to be with you today," Riter said during the Saturday evening Mass in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk. "I certainly…

Buffalo

Special agents with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office used search warrants and subpoenas last year to seize evidence of a massive cover-up of clergy sex abuse in six Catholic dioceses in the state. But despite growing revelations of sex abuse by priests in the Diocese of Buffalo, law enforcement authorities in New York aren't investigating whether crimes were c…

Buffalo

Buffalo Diocese Bishop Richard J. Malone put four more priests on leave due to complaints of sexual abuse, said allegations against three other priests were substantiated and exonerated a fourth priest who had been suspended in March. A diocesan investigation determined that the allegations against the Rev. Dennis G. Riter, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Du…

Local News

A retired Buffalo priest who was recently put on administrative leave wrote a letter this week vehemently denying that he sexually assaulted a young boy in the 1980s. The Rev. Roy Herberger, the former pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Church, said in the letter that he contacted a lawyer after the Diocese of Buffalo put him on administrative leave due to the abuse complaint…

Religion

A late fundraising rally pushed the 94th Catholic Charities Appeal to surpass its $11 million goal – four days early, announced Bishop Richard J. Malone on Tuesday. The news was met with a sigh of relief by diocesan officials – including Sister Mary McCarrick, diocesan director of Catholic Charities. “The thousands of donors and friends who came forward to give small…

Buffalo

The Buffalo Diocese priest recently investigated by the Erie County District Attorney's Office due to a complaint of inappropriate touching has been identified as the Rev. Fabian J. Maryanski, who already was on administrative leave due to a previous allegation of sexual contact with a teenage girl. Maryanski, 77, was not charged in the recent investigation, nor did he …

Business

It wasn't an easy six months for the Catholic Charities Appeal, but on Tuesday when diocesan officials announced they exceeded their goal of $11 million, the immediate reaction was relief. “When we launched this year’s appeal back in January we knew it would be a challenge, but none of us knew just how big of a struggle it would be,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone. Th…

Crime

Only five of the more than 60 priests who served in the Diocese of Buffalo and have been linked to allegations of sex crimes involving children have actually been charged with crimes. Prosecuted were: Benedict P. Barszcz – A former assistant pastor of St. Peter's in Lewiston, he was charged in July 1999 with exposing himself to two teenage girls in Buffalo. Subsequen…

Religion

A Buffalo priest removed in 2015 from a Lancaster parish due to an allegation of inappropriate behavior with a child was the target of similar complaints decades ago at two other parishes. A 37-year-old woman who is married to a Major League Baseball manager and now lives in Phoenix, Ariz., said the Rev. Dennis A. Fronczak repeatedly fondled her when she was 9 to 12 yea…