Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish...

Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish Closings Across WNY

There are 62470 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Oct 14, 2007, titled Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish Closings Across WNY. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

The Diocese of Buffalo's "Journey of Faith and Grace" has led to the closings of more parishes across Western New York.

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Another Priest This Week

Buffalo, NY

#53548 Jan 26, 2013
Catholic priest Thomas Byrne, pleaded guilty in court this week to a rather shocking case of laying hands (and teeth) on another priest. Byrne bit off the ear of fellow priest, Father Thomas Smith in a parking space dispute.

The two priests were in the parking lot in Perth. What is particularly bizarre is that, after the fight subsided, Bryne asked Smith to pick up something he thought he dropped during the fight. Bryne did so and Smith put the object in his pocket only to discover later that it was part of the ear of Smith.

Byrne is out on bail but under a 30 ft restraining order to stay away from Smith. That could be difficult since they both live in the same rectory.

Smith did appear to follow the advice of Matthew 5:38-39 “You have heard that it was said,‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” He may have concluded that, if he did, he would be righteous but short two ears.
Drug Dealer Priest Arrest

Buffalo, NY

#53549 Jan 26, 2013
Another Crime By A Priest

Buffalo, NY

#53550 Jan 26, 2013
JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO ANOTHER CRIME BY A PRIEST:

A Springfield priest was charged with sexually assaulting a man who had come to him for guidance in Fairfax County police said.

The Rev. Luis Fernando Franco Henao, 40, of Saint Bernadette Parish turned himself in to authorities Wednesday, police said. He is facing a count of sexual battery.

Franco Henao allegedly inappropriately touched a 29-year-old man on the parish grounds, after the man came to him seeking support, police said.

The victim reported the crime. Franco Henao was processed and released Wednesday. Police declined to release further details about the case.

Church officials referred questions to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Michael J. Donohue, a spokesman for the diocese, said Franco Henao had been removed from his duties as soon as they learned of the impending arrest Tuesday.

Donohue said Franco Henao was a priest from a Colombian Diocese of Málaga-Soatá and had served the Spanish-speaking parishioners at Saint Bernadette since 2010.

“The Diocese of Arlington is committed to full cooperation with law enforcement regarding this allegation, and we encourage anyone with knowledge of this case to contact the Fairfax County Police Department,” Donohue said.
Baby Stealing Ring

Buffalo, NY

#53551 Jan 26, 2013
NUN INVOLVED IN BABY STEALING RING FROM 1980 - PRESENT ARRESTED AT AGE 80

http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/04/sp...
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#53552 Jan 26, 2013
Priest Arrested wrote:
It’s just like Breaking Bad, but replace the mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a prominent Catholic priest. Monsignor Kevin Wallin of Bridgeport, Conn., is facing trial for selling up to $9,000 of methamphetamine a week and has been relieved of his ecumenical duties after superiors learned of his alleged penchant for gay sex on church grounds.
(MORE: AMC’s Breaking Bad: Elements of Style)
The 61-year-old was suspended from duties at Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Cathedral in May as a result of his increasingly erratic behavior.“We became aware that he was acting out sexually — with men — in the church rectory,” Brian Wallace, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, told the Connecticut Post. A source also told the paper that Wallin allegedly enjoyed dressing in women’s clothes. However, the monsignor continued to receive a stipend from the diocese until his Jan. 3 arrest at his apartment on drug charges, according to a report in the Connecticut Post.(The diocese denies any knowledge of alleged narcotics peddling by Wallin.)
The arrest sent shock waves through the Bridgeport community, where Wallin was respected for his extensive charity work and his charming sermons.“There is an evil invading our world and it has come to our church,” longtime parishioner Maria Spencer-Fonseca told those gathered outside the cathedral on Thursday, according to the Connecticut Post.“This was a work of evil — and I am praying for the monsignor.” Wallin was previously a respected and influential member of the clergy who served as pastor of St. Peter Parish in Danbury, Conn., according to the Huffington Post, and also worked as an aide to Bishop Edward Egan, who later became a Cardinal and the Archbishop of New York.
Federal court records allege that Monsignor Wallin sold several grams of highly refined crystal meth — testing up to 98.5% pure — to undercover cops on six different occasions over the course of five months. He also received a consignment of nearly 400 g of the drug in December from connections in California, according to the indictment. According to media reports, Wallin was also an owner of a North Haven, Conn., sex-toy and drug-paraphernalia shop called Land of Oz, which may have been used as a money-laundering front. Wallin and four associates are scheduled to be arraigned this week, according to the Daily Beast; they are expected to plead not guilty.
Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/22/meth-prie...
Parishioners had been fighting his removal until they learned that the Federal Agents arrested him as part of drug ring. Parishioners are now saying that they had no idea or they wouldn't have fought against removal by Bishop.
anon

Buffalo, NY

#53553 Jan 26, 2013
Chancery wrote:
Is Litwin and LiPuma leaving the Chancery Office soon? Is LiPuma heading to St. Peter's in Lewiston? Where is Litwin going?
LiPuma will be given a wealthy parish!
anon

Buffalo, NY

#53554 Jan 26, 2013
Drug Dealer Priest Arrest wrote:
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/w atch/?id=50139262n
It doesn't surprise me!
Priest

Lockport, NY

#53555 Jan 26, 2013
anon wrote:
<quoted text>
LiPuma will be given a wealthy parish!
To screw up another parish like the one in Depew!
Nuns

Lockport, NY

#53556 Jan 26, 2013
Baby Stealing Ring wrote:
NUN INVOLVED IN BABY STEALING RING FROM 1980 - PRESENT ARRESTED AT AGE 80
http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2012/04/sp...
Lady Gagas will do anything these days since they do not live any more in the convents and they do not dress as sisters.
Nuns

Lockport, NY

#53557 Jan 26, 2013
Priest Arrested wrote:
It’s just like Breaking Bad, but replace the mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher with a prominent Catholic priest. Monsignor Kevin Wallin of Bridgeport, Conn., is facing trial for selling up to $9,000 of methamphetamine a week and has been relieved of his ecumenical duties after superiors learned of his alleged penchant for gay sex on church grounds.
(MORE: AMC’s Breaking Bad: Elements of Style)
The 61-year-old was suspended from duties at Bridgeport’s St. Augustine Cathedral in May as a result of his increasingly erratic behavior.“We became aware that he was acting out sexually — with men — in the church rectory,” Brian Wallace, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, told the Connecticut Post. A source also told the paper that Wallin allegedly enjoyed dressing in women’s clothes. However, the monsignor continued to receive a stipend from the diocese until his Jan. 3 arrest at his apartment on drug charges, according to a report in the Connecticut Post.(The diocese denies any knowledge of alleged narcotics peddling by Wallin.)
The arrest sent shock waves through the Bridgeport community, where Wallin was respected for his extensive charity work and his charming sermons.“There is an evil invading our world and it has come to our church,” longtime parishioner Maria Spencer-Fonseca told those gathered outside the cathedral on Thursday, according to the Connecticut Post.“This was a work of evil — and I am praying for the monsignor.” Wallin was previously a respected and influential member of the clergy who served as pastor of St. Peter Parish in Danbury, Conn., according to the Huffington Post, and also worked as an aide to Bishop Edward Egan, who later became a Cardinal and the Archbishop of New York.
Federal court records allege that Monsignor Wallin sold several grams of highly refined crystal meth — testing up to 98.5% pure — to undercover cops on six different occasions over the course of five months. He also received a consignment of nearly 400 g of the drug in December from connections in California, according to the indictment. According to media reports, Wallin was also an owner of a North Haven, Conn., sex-toy and drug-paraphernalia shop called Land of Oz, which may have been used as a money-laundering front. Wallin and four associates are scheduled to be arraigned this week, according to the Daily Beast; they are expected to plead not guilty.
Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/22/meth-prie...
Anything like that going on here in Buffalo?
Sex

Lockport, NY

#53558 Jan 26, 2013
Another Crime By A Priest wrote:
JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO ANOTHER CRIME BY A PRIEST:
A Springfield priest was charged with sexually assaulting a man who had come to him for guidance in Fairfax County police said.
The Rev. Luis Fernando Franco Henao, 40, of Saint Bernadette Parish turned himself in to authorities Wednesday, police said. He is facing a count of sexual battery.
Franco Henao allegedly inappropriately touched a 29-year-old man on the parish grounds, after the man came to him seeking support, police said.
The victim reported the crime. Franco Henao was processed and released Wednesday. Police declined to release further details about the case.
Church officials referred questions to the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Michael J. Donohue, a spokesman for the diocese, said Franco Henao had been removed from his duties as soon as they learned of the impending arrest Tuesday.
Donohue said Franco Henao was a priest from a Colombian Diocese of Málaga-Soatá and had served the Spanish-speaking parishioners at Saint Bernadette since 2010.
“The Diocese of Arlington is committed to full cooperation with law enforcement regarding this allegation, and we encourage anyone with knowledge of this case to contact the Fairfax County Police Department,” Donohue said.
Oh, that 'divine sex!'
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#53559 Jan 26, 2013
Nuns wrote:
<quoted text>Anything like that going on here in Buffalo?
Is there drug dealing in Buffalo?
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#53560 Jan 26, 2013
Joseph Burke wrote:
<quoted text>
Speaking of Dunkirk, wasn't it John Hrycyna who was supposed to have fathered a child in his 60's while stationed at St. Hyacinth's in Lackawanna? And what did they do? They sent him to Dunkirk so that he would disappear from the scandal. That had to be 1958 or 1959. If anyone knows his birth date I bet they'll find he was in his 60's at that time. That child who was the son of his housekeeper is still living in Lackawanna. In later years he would visit daddy at Lakeshore Nursing Home. Head was really concerned that the presence of the son would become public. I think he was relieved when Hrycyna died back in the early 1990's. Head's administration was getting hit by scandal and he didn't want anymore bad PR.
I forgot about this whole thing until now. I didn't know him, but I remember hearing the story being told.
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#53561 Jan 26, 2013
anon wrote:
<quoted text>
LiPuma will be given a wealthy parish!
When is he arriving in Lewiston? Where will the current pastor be going?
OLV

Buffalo, NY

#53562 Jan 26, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
I forgot about this whole thing until now. I didn't know him, but I remember hearing the story being told.
There were also rumors of Fr. Wm. Ward fathering a child with a nurse during that era.
Hrycyna

Buffalo, NY

#53563 Jan 26, 2013
When he lived at the St. Columban Retirement Home, they called Hrycyna: "Cemetery John" because he liked to go for rides through the cemeteries to talk.
Not surprised

Buffalo, NY

#53564 Jan 26, 2013
Sex wrote:
<quoted text>Oh, that 'divine sex!'
Oh, I heard that sex with Chalupka is not divine also.
where did you hear it?
Welcome

Buffalo, NY

#53565 Jan 26, 2013
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed a new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Buffalo. Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D., a national consultant, college professor and author, will be introduced on Jan. 31 at the “Making a Difference Dinner - A Celebration of Catholic Schools,” which will be held at the Buffalo/Niagara Convention Center.
“This is a wonderful way to begin Catholic Schools Week,” Bishop Malone said.“Sister Carol’s credentials are impeccable. She brings to our Catholic schools a breadth of experience that will play an important role as we continue to focus on the faith formation and high academic achievement of our students. She has a deep commitment to the mission of Catholic schools, and knows and understands the importance of Catholic identity.”
A native of Rochester, Sister Carol has presented workshops across the country on marketing, school board and council development and strategic planning. Her book, Ensuring a Future Full of Hope, has been used by parent groups and boards to assist in recruitment efforts.
Sister Carol is a national consultant with William H. Sadlier Publishers, an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management, Inc., and has been an associate professor at Manhattan College since1990. Since 1987, she has been executive director of Catholic School Administrators Association of New York, delivering more than 1,500 workshop and training sessions all over the United States.
“The strength of our schools is their Catholic identity, and I pledge to work to maintain and enhance our Catholic identity, so that our schools will remain true gifts to the Church,” Sister Carol said.“I cannot be more proud to be able to serve the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Buffalo. I look forward to strengthening these schools in partnership with pastors, principals and parents, and I believe that, in working with the community, we can bring the Catholic schools to a whole new level.”
Sister Carol also served in at several Catholic schools in Rochester: she was assistant principal and director of development at Nazareth Academy, principal at St. Anthony’s School and faculty member and assistant principal at St. Agnes High School. She taught Latin, economics and American government at St. Andrew’s Minor Seminary (King’s Preparatory).
A graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, Sister Carol received a master’s degree in American history from Syracuse University, a certificate in educational administration from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Sister Carol has been extensively published, authoring Come Gather Round, a manual for catechists who train elementary and secondary school students; Continuing to Ensure a Future Full of Hope, a manual for use by Catholic school groups to plan for recruitment and retention of students and Lessons Learned: 10 Tips for New Principals.
Her service includes co-director of the National Catholic Education Association’s SPICE (Selected Programs for Improving Catholic Education), past president of the Empire State Society of Association Executives and the New York State Education Commissioner’s Nonpublic School Advisory Council.
“I am thrilled that Sister Carol has accepted the bishop’s appointment,” said Carol Kostyniak, secretary for Catholic education for the diocese.“We conducted an exhaustive national search and very quickly realized that she would be well-suited as our superintendent. She brings a new energy and dedication to the mission of Catholic schools. Her extensive experience in Catholic education, from teacher to principal to national consultant, will allow her to easily continue the implementation of our strategic plan for Catholic schools,‘Faith in Tomorrow,’ as we strive to grow and strengthen Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo. She is a wonderful addition to our diocesan team.”
The Reverend Mother

Buffalo, NY

#53566 Jan 26, 2013
Welcome wrote:
Bishop Richard J. Malone has appointed a new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Buffalo. Sister Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D., a national consultant, college professor and author, will be introduced on Jan. 31 at the “Making a Difference Dinner - A Celebration of Catholic Schools,” which will be held at the Buffalo/Niagara Convention Center.
“This is a wonderful way to begin Catholic Schools Week,” Bishop Malone said.“Sister Carol’s credentials are impeccable. She brings to our Catholic schools a breadth of experience that will play an important role as we continue to focus on the faith formation and high academic achievement of our students. She has a deep commitment to the mission of Catholic schools, and knows and understands the importance of Catholic identity.”
A native of Rochester, Sister Carol has presented workshops across the country on marketing, school board and council development and strategic planning. Her book, Ensuring a Future Full of Hope, has been used by parent groups and boards to assist in recruitment efforts.
Sister Carol is a national consultant with William H. Sadlier Publishers, an adjunct consultant with Catholic School Management, Inc., and has been an associate professor at Manhattan College since1990. Since 1987, she has been executive director of Catholic School Administrators Association of New York, delivering more than 1,500 workshop and training sessions all over the United States.
“The strength of our schools is their Catholic identity, and I pledge to work to maintain and enhance our Catholic identity, so that our schools will remain true gifts to the Church,” Sister Carol said.“I cannot be more proud to be able to serve the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Buffalo. I look forward to strengthening these schools in partnership with pastors, principals and parents, and I believe that, in working with the community, we can bring the Catholic schools to a whole new level.”
Sister Carol also served in at several Catholic schools in Rochester: she was assistant principal and director of development at Nazareth Academy, principal at St. Anthony’s School and faculty member and assistant principal at St. Agnes High School. She taught Latin, economics and American government at St. Andrew’s Minor Seminary (King’s Preparatory).
A graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester, Sister Carol received a master’s degree in American history from Syracuse University, a certificate in educational administration from the University of Rochester and a doctorate in educational leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Sister Carol has been extensively published, authoring Come Gather Round, a manual for catechists who train elementary and secondary school students; Continuing to Ensure a Future Full of Hope, a manual for use by Catholic school groups to plan for recruitment and retention of students and Lessons Learned: 10 Tips for New Principals.
Her service includes co-director of the National Catholic Education Association’s SPICE (Selected Programs for Improving Catholic Education), past president of the Empire State Society of Association Executives and the New York State Education Commissioner’s Nonpublic School Advisory Council.
“I am thrilled that Sister Carol has accepted the bishop’s appointment,” said Carol Kostyniak, secretary for Catholic education for the diocese.“We conducted an exhaustive national search and very quickly realized that she would be well-suited as our superintendent. She brings a new energy and dedication to the mission of Catholic schools. Her extensive experience in Catholic education, from teacher to principal to national consultant, will allow her to easily continue the implementation of our strategic plan for Catholic schools,‘Faith in Tomorrow,’ as we strive to grow and strengthen Catholic schools in the Diocese of Buffalo. She is a wonderful addition to our diocesan team.”
Interesting! I think I like our new bishop!
The Reverend Mother

Buffalo, NY

#53567 Jan 26, 2013
Interesting! I think I like our new Bishop!

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