Buffalo Diocese Announces More Parish Closings Across WNY

There are 20 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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Mary of Magdela

Salamanca, NY

#55707 May 6, 2013
There is nothing in the last 5 messages that is not true.
Dunkirk Connection

Dunkirk, NY

#55708 May 6, 2013
Here's a heads up for all you retired priests. I do the obituaries at the Dunkirk newspaper. Monday my boss was sent an obituary on Fr. Salvatore Cusimano along with a note that said the Diocese will NOT pay for any obituary in our paper, but thought we might like the information. This priest spent 16 years as pastor at the now closed St. John Bosco Church in Sheridan. He was an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. MANY people knew him here but that was of no concern to the diocese, or Kevin Keenan and the Office of Communications that sent us the obit. HOW SICK IS THIS? This man was 92 years old and devoted his entire life to working for the DOB. I called the Amigone Funeral Home and told them the diocese refused to pay for it. They in turn informed Fr. Cusimano's family who agreed to do so. The cost, including photo and website posting?$86.96. How low can you go, DOB?
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#55709 May 7, 2013
Dunkirk Connection wrote:
Here's a heads up for all you retired priests. I do the obituaries at the Dunkirk newspaper. Monday my boss was sent an obituary on Fr. Salvatore Cusimano along with a note that said the Diocese will NOT pay for any obituary in our paper, but thought we might like the information. This priest spent 16 years as pastor at the now closed St. John Bosco Church in Sheridan. He was an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. MANY people knew him here but that was of no concern to the diocese, or Kevin Keenan and the Office of Communications that sent us the obit. HOW SICK IS THIS? This man was 92 years old and devoted his entire life to working for the DOB. I called the Amigone Funeral Home and told them the diocese refused to pay for it. They in turn informed Fr. Cusimano's family who agreed to do so. The cost, including photo and website posting?$86.96. How low can you go, DOB?
Unbelievable!
Kmiec

Buffalo, NY

#55711 May 7, 2013
Dunkirk Connection wrote:
Here's a heads up for all you retired priests. I do the obituaries at the Dunkirk newspaper. Monday my boss was sent an obituary on Fr. Salvatore Cusimano along with a note that said the Diocese will NOT pay for any obituary in our paper, but thought we might like the information. This priest spent 16 years as pastor at the now closed St. John Bosco Church in Sheridan. He was an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. MANY people knew him here but that was of no concern to the diocese, or Kevin Keenan and the Office of Communications that sent us the obit. HOW SICK IS THIS? This man was 92 years old and devoted his entire life to working for the DOB. I called the Amigone Funeral Home and told them the diocese refused to pay for it. They in turn informed Fr. Cusimano's family who agreed to do so. The cost, including photo and website posting?$86.96. How low can you go, DOB?
They could have held back on Kmiec's supply of Dewer's scotch for the week and that would have paid for the obituary.
Miss Buffalo

Buffalo, NY

#55712 May 7, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text> Unbelievable!
How low can they go?
Close our Churches, change our communities, Lie to us, and now a disgrace in the treatment of a deceased priest. But, we have seen this before.
Anonymous

United States

#55713 May 7, 2013
Dunkirk Connection wrote:
Here's a heads up for all you retired priests. I do the obituaries at the Dunkirk newspaper. Monday my boss was sent an obituary on Fr. Salvatore Cusimano along with a note that said the Diocese will NOT pay for any obituary in our paper, but thought we might like the information. This priest spent 16 years as pastor at the now closed St. John Bosco Church in Sheridan. He was an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk. MANY people knew him here but that was of no concern to the diocese, or Kevin Keenan and the Office of Communications that sent us the obit. HOW SICK IS THIS? This man was 92 years old and devoted his entire life to working for the DOB. I called the Amigone Funeral Home and told them the diocese refused to pay for it. They in turn informed Fr. Cusimano's family who agreed to do so. The cost, including photo and website posting?$86.96. How low can you go, DOB?
Ask Catholic Charities to set aside a special fund
for obituaries of priests.
Anon

Lockport, NY

#55714 May 7, 2013
Kmiec wrote:
<quoted text>
They could have held back on Kmiec's supply of Dewer's scotch for the week and that would have paid for the obituary.
They could care less about saving money. They just like to be mean. It's their favorite sport. There is no measuring how low they can go or how rotten they can be. Great examples of Christian charity they are , those short little bishops.
Anon

Lockport, NY

#55715 May 7, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
<quoted text>
Ask Catholic Charities to set aside a special fund
for obituaries of priests.
Get rid of Catholic Charities. It is neither catholic nor charitable. Just a waste of money and duplication of services.
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55716 May 7, 2013
No wonder the DOB can't get any priests, when you look how they are treated, both dead and alive. The problem is not closing churches, but getting priests. If the DOB could get more priests and seminarians, it might not have to close so many church and thus lose many Catholics, to other denominations.
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55717 May 7, 2013
And when you see how priests are treated on the DOB,it is also not surprising to see some of them headed to other denominations, Remember Msgr Lord (his sister is still a nun)Father Paul Kowalewski, Father Eugene Bagen, Father Marty Hamann, Father Joe Kozlowski, Father Ramon Aymerich, etc, and probably a few others.
Bob

Lancaster, NY

#55718 May 7, 2013
Kmiec wrote:
<quoted text>
They could have held back on Kmiec's supply of Dewer's scotch for the week and that would have paid for the obituary.
He's moved up to Johnny Walker Blue in retirement.
Matka Boska z roasry

Buffalo, NY

#55719 May 8, 2013
Polonia Phil wrote:
And when you see how priests are treated on the DOB,it is also not surprising to see some of them headed to other denominations, Remember Msgr Lord (his sister is still a nun)Father Paul Kowalewski, Father Eugene Bagen, Father Marty Hamann, Father Joe Kozlowski, Father Ramon Aymerich, etc, and probably a few others.
Even back in 1895, take Ks. Antoni Klawitter, the founder of St. Adalbert Basilica, for example. He left and he laid the foundation for the future of Holy Mother of the Rosary parish on Sobieski street. This was because of the turmoil that existed between some of the parishioners of St. Adalbert and the DOB.

Some members were dissatisfied with the Roman Catholic Diocese over who controlled the property and buildings, which they had built and maintained through their contributions. These discontented souls were forced to decide their own fate when the Roman Catholic Bishop and his advisors rejected their requests. In August, 1895 an Independent Catholic parish (the Polish National Catholic Church) was first established in Buffalo, when this group of parishioners from St. Adalbert's decided to form a separate church just a block away. The separation was over a matter of personalities and parish ownership rather than faith and doctrine.
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#55720 May 8, 2013
Matka Boska z roasry wrote:
<quoted text>
Even back in 1895, take Ks. Antoni Klawitter, the founder of St. Adalbert Basilica, for example. He left and he laid the foundation for the future of Holy Mother of the Rosary parish on Sobieski street. This was because of the turmoil that existed between some of the parishioners of St. Adalbert and the DOB.
Some members were dissatisfied with the Roman Catholic Diocese over who controlled the property and buildings, which they had built and maintained through their contributions. These discontented souls were forced to decide their own fate when the Roman Catholic Bishop and his advisors rejected their requests. In August, 1895 an Independent Catholic parish (the Polish National Catholic Church) was first established in Buffalo, when this group of parishioners from St. Adalbert's decided to form a separate church just a block away. The separation was over a matter of personalities and parish ownership rather than faith and doctrine.
Even way back then the DOB was problematic.
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55721 May 8, 2013
Matka Boska z roasry wrote:
<quoted text>
Even back in 1895, take Ks. Antoni Klawitter, the founder of St. Adalbert Basilica, for example. He left and he laid the foundation for the future of Holy Mother of the Rosary parish on Sobieski street. This was because of the turmoil that existed between some of the parishioners of St. Adalbert and the DOB.
Some members were dissatisfied with the Roman Catholic Diocese over who controlled the property and buildings, which they had built and maintained through their contributions. These discontented souls were forced to decide their own fate when the Roman Catholic Bishop and his advisors rejected their requests. In August, 1895 an Independent Catholic parish (the Polish National Catholic Church) was first established in Buffalo, when this group of parishioners from St. Adalbert's decided to form a separate church just a block away. The separation was over a matter of personalities and parish ownership rather than faith and doctrine.
Thanks for the reminder. Even today Polonia is still being targeted. Plus ca change,plus c'est la meme chose.
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55722 May 8, 2013
Matka Boska z roasry wrote:
<quoted text>
Even back in 1895, take Ks. Antoni Klawitter, the founder of St. Adalbert Basilica, for example. He left and he laid the foundation for the future of Holy Mother of the Rosary parish on Sobieski street. This was because of the turmoil that existed between some of the parishioners of St. Adalbert and the DOB.
Some members were dissatisfied with the Roman Catholic Diocese over who controlled the property and buildings, which they had built and maintained through their contributions. These discontented souls were forced to decide their own fate when the Roman Catholic Bishop and his advisors rejected their requests. In August, 1895 an Independent Catholic parish (the Polish National Catholic Church) was first established in Buffalo, when this group of parishioners from St. Adalbert's decided to form a separate church just a block away. The separation was over a matter of personalities and parish ownership rather than faith and doctrine.
Thanks for the reminder. Even today,Polonis is being targeted. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55723 May 8, 2013
Msgr. Arsenault, pres. of the St. Luke Institute in Washington, DC, an institute which treats priests with sexual problems has been forced to resign, because of certain irregularities. Some DOB priests were treated there, as well as at Southdown, near Toronto. The same thing happened with the Servants of Paraclete,in Jemez Springs, NM, whose superior is Buffalo-born, Peter Lechner. It does make one wonder about the quality of the therapy that abusive priests are getting.
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55724 May 8, 2013
Any further information on Klawitter? Did he return to Rome? For years the PNCC never had a priest's funeral. All the priests returned to Rome on their death beds.
Polonia Phil

Mohegan Lake, NY

#55725 May 8, 2013
Are the Irish still attacking Polonia? I thought those days had passed.
Anonymous

Buffalo, NY

#55726 May 8, 2013
Polonia Phil wrote:
Are the Irish still attacking Polonia? I thought those days had passed.
Why is there animosity between the Poles and the Irish? What is the story? Anyone know?
Polski Historyk

Buffalo, NY

#55727 May 8, 2013
Polonia Phil wrote:
Any further information on Klawitter? Did he return to Rome? For years the PNCC never had a priest's funeral. All the priests returned to Rome on their death beds.
Antoni Klawiter, the Roman Catholic and, afterward, independent Polish Catholic priest, was born in Chojnice, in modern Poland, on November 12, 1836.

In 1859, he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Wloclawek, and became four years afterward one of many Polish priests who were involved with the Polish Insurrection of 1863. In late 1873 or early 1874, Father Klawiter emigrated to the United States.

Upon reaching America, Father Klawiter served as an assistant in various Chicago and Pittsburgh parishes. In October 1873 he became the first pastor of Saint Stanislaus Kostka in Pittsburgh.
Father Klawiter then moved to New York State, where he pastored Saint Hyacinth's Parish in Dunkirk (1881-1884) and founded Saint Adalbert's Parish in Buffalo (1886-1890). After various intrigues forced Father Klawiter from the Diocese of Buffalo, he pastored Saint Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr in Newark, New Jersey (1891-1892) and Saint Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr in Meriden, Connecticut (1892-1893). His final stint as a Roman Catholic pastor began in September 1893 at Saint Stanislaus Kostka in Winona, Minnesota, where he began the building of a huge new church.

In 1895, Father Klawiter became pastor of Mother of the Holy Rosary, a Polish National Catholic church formed in Buffalo by dissident members of Saint Adalbert's Basilica. For this he was excommunicated by the bishop of Buffalo, Stephen V. Ryan. However, he fell afoul of a dispute between his parishioners at the Polish National Catholic church the parish would affiliate itself with, and left in 1896. He then pursued opportunities with Polish-speaking Roman Catholic parishes in Cleveland, Ohio and near Denver, Colorado.

Father Klawiter associated himself in 1897 with Bishop Franciszek Hodur of the newly formed Polish National Catholic Church. He held several pastorates in the National Catholic Church before he left it in 1901 for the independent Catholic church overseen by Reverend Antoni Kozlowski of Chicago. In 1906, Father Klawiter relocated to Manitoba, where he became pastor of Winnipeg's independent Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in 1907. He left, however, when it decided to affiliate with the National Catholic Church of Bishop Hodur. Afterward, Father Klawiter served as a mission priest in Mikado, Saskatchewan until his death on September 30, 1913. In the words of the Roman Catholic priest and chronicler of American Polonia, Father Waclaw Kruszka, it was easier to say where Father Klawiter had not served than where he actually had served.

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