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Greetings dear friends in Christ!

I write to you now with great joy at the wonderful news that I bring and with gratitude for many answered prayers.

On June 3, 2017 four priests were ordained for our diocese. We are blessed to welcome Fr. Robert Agbo, Fr. Martin Gallagher, Fr. Luke Uebler and Fr. Cole Webster to our presbyterate. While we all can celebrate the coming to fruition of what has been prayed for and worked toward by these men, the question does come of large of how many new seminarians will be admitted to the seminary program to replace them. With great joy I can say that the four ordinandi have been more than replaced! This August six new seminarians have been admitted to the program of priestly formation at Christ the King Seminary. Their names are Sebastian Aristizabal, James Bobak, Matthew Bojanowski, Maxwell Halady, David Pollock and Robert Simoneit. I ask that you keep them in prayer as they begin their journey of answering God’s call.

More good news came on September 16th as we witnessed the ordination of the transitional deacons Peter Bassey, Paul Cygan, Peter Santandreu and Gerard Skrzynski. These new deacons will complete the remainder of this academic year at Christ the King Seminary, and by God’s grace should be ordained to the priesthood in June. Along with the four transitional deacons were ordained two permanent deacons: Edward Birmingham and Kenneth Monaco. Let us continue to pray for all six of these men as they begin to live out their vocations through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. While we plan on having another group of four graduating from priestly formation this year, let us continue to pray for those whom God is calling to begin their seminary career next year so that those moving on will be replaced.

The moth of September brought two other delights. The first is that the Serra Club of Buffalo has had its first meeting of the 2017-2018 term. The Serra Club is a group that assists the Vocations Office and supports those pursuing their vocations to priesthood and religious life. The group began not only with a good spirit of enthusiasm and good ideas for the year, but also with a host of new members. Seeing this was a pleasant surprise indeed. I remain largely indebted to the Serra Club for the many things that are possible on account of their care and dedication. The second delight of September was my attending the annual meeting of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD). This year the meeting was held in New Orleans. As always, it was wonderful to meet with other vocation directors from all over the United States and beyond. There was some great sharing of wisdom, support and fun. I also got to experience a little bit of life in the city of New Orleans. I visited the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, the famous Café Du Monde, and a few other sites. I also enjoyed some good Cajun cuisine.

I am now looking forward to the resuming of my two discernment groups: St. Joseph Club for High School Boys, and Response for men of college age and older. Both will be back in session shortly.

I thank all of you for your prayers and support. Please continue to pray for another successful year. Many prayers are being answered!

May our Lord’s blessing and peace be with you always.


In Christ,

Fr. Andrew Lauricella

Helpful Links
St. Joseph Club
Response Program