Bishop Kmiec's Right Hand...
In case you missed the announcement, Bishop Kmiec recently announced the formation of another commission. This time "The Journey to Avoid Housing Court" is composed of the following members:
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Transfiguration Church - Interior 79 Oakland Place Buffalo's Old Orphan Home
While Bishop Kmiec continues to reside at 79 Oakland Place, in the most expensive (highest assesment) residence in the City of Buffalo, it's helpful to remember what happens to former Catholic Church property when it's "flipped" to unsuspecting and irresponsible owners on Buffalo's east-side.
  • Most Rev. Edward U. Kmiec Bishop of Buffalo ** Most Rev. Edward M. Grosz Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General, Diocese of Buffalo, pastor, St. Stanislaus Parish, Buffalo ** Mr. Robert Bennett Chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents, parishioner, St. Christopher Parish, Tonawanda ** Msgr. Leonard Biniszkiewicz Episcopal Vicar of Western Niagara Vicariate, pastor, St. Teresa of Infant Jesus Parish, Niagara Falls ** Mrs. Deborah Brown Director of Sacramental Life, St. John the Baptist Parish, Lockport, parishioner, St. Mary Parish, Gasport; former Regional Director for Religious Education in Eastern Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming Counties ** Rev. Gregory Dobson Episcopal Vicar, Southern Cattaraugus Vicariate, pastor, St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Olean, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Portville ** Rev. Patrick Elis Episcopal Vicar of Northern Chautauqua, pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, Cassadaga, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Sinclairville ** Mr. Robert Greene Lay Chair, Bishop’s Council of the Laity, Attorney with Phillips Lytle, LLP, former president, Board of Catholic Education, Diocese of Buffalo, parishioner, St. Louis Parish, Buffalo ** Mrs. Kathleen Heffern Director, Office of Church Ministry, Diocese of Buffalo parishioner, St. Joseph-University Parish, Buffalo ** Sister Nancy Hoff, RSM President of the Sisters of Mercy, Co-chair, Leadership Conference of Women Religious ** Mr. Kevin Keenan Director of Communications, Diocese of Buffalo, parishioner, St. John the Baptist Parish, Kenmore ** Mr. Todd Kniazuk Member of Diocesan Pastoral Council, Senior Staff Assistant, University at Buffalo Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth, Administrator, Erie-Niagara Regional Partnership, parishioner, St. Adalbert Basilica Parish, Buffalo ** Ms. Denise McKenzie Secretary of Catholic Education, Diocese of Buffalo, parishioner, Our Lady of Victory Basilica Parish, Lackawanna ** Rev. Robert Mock President, Council of Priests, Diocese of Buffalo, pastor, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Buffalo ** Sister Regina Murphy, SSMN Director of Research & Planning, Diocese of Buffalo ** Mrs. Milagros Ramos Director of Hispanic Youth Ministry, Diocese of Buffalo, parishioner, St. Anthony Parish, Lackawanna ** Sister Denise Roche, GNSH President, D’Youville College ** Rev. Joseph Sicari Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities ** Deacon Paul Snyder Member, Board of Trustees, Christ the King Seminary, permanent deacon, St. Mary Parish, Swormville ** Msgr. Jerome Sullivan Director of Priests’ Personnel, Diocese of Buffalo, pastor, St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Hamburg ** Mrs. Ann Swan Member, Board of Catholic Education, Diocese parishioner, St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville ** Mr. Steven Timmel Executive Director of Financial Administration, Diocese of Buffalo, parishioner, Christ the King Parish, Snyder ** Sister Lorianne Tylczynski, CSSF At Large member, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, member, Felician Provincial Council ** Rev. Michael Uebler Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Tonawanda, former Vicar of Tri-County Vicariate **Mr. Dan Workman Parishioner, St. Martin de Porres, Buffalo
Absent are members of the various communities who have to live next to the Bishop's neglected and abandoned buildings here in Buffalo. Remember this place...the former Immaculate Conception...at the corner of Edward and Elmwood. Bishop Kmiec closed this building four months ago and claimed that the structure was unsafe and needed $800K of repairs. As of last week there was still no housing court file.
Immaculate Conception - Buffalo, NY

Immaculate Conception - Buffalo, NY Immaculate Conception - Buffalo, NY Immaculate Conception - Buffalo, NY
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I do imagine that the Bishop has already determined which buildings he will be closing. This exercise, that I've called "Journey to Avoid Housing Court" is simply a thinly veiled attempt to make the process appear more transparent than it really is. If you have any additional information about this "process" ask one of the commission members and let me know.
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