Sunday, November 1, 2009

Archbishop Timothy Dolan to Visit Buffalo/Vespers Invitation for All

NOVEMBER 25: If you missed the event, click HERE for DVD info. and scheduled viewing on Time Warner in the Buffalo area.


Diocesan radio director Gregg Prince will provide Twitter updates during Archbishop Dolan's pastoral visit to Buffalo, including Evening Prayer. You can follow us at: Spread the word!

The Diocese of Buffalo has news of the attendance of four additional Bishops at the Solemn Vespers service:

Bishop Edward M. Grosz, auxiliary bishop of Buffalo; Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin, auxiliary bishop emeritus of Buffalo; Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop of Erie, Pa.; and Bishop James M. Wingle, bishop of St. Catharines, Ontario.


From Western New York Catholic, the Buffalo Diocesan newspaper:

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York will be among the honorees at the 2009 Curé of Ars dinner on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. This will be Archbishop Dolan’s first visit to Buffalo since he was installed as archbishop of New York last April. The dinner is sponsored by Christ the King Seminary.


Prior to the Curé of Ars dinner, Archbishop Dolan will preside at Solemn Vespers at St. Joseph (4 p.m.) Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec is encouraging all priests, deacons and members of the lay diocesan family to participate in the service.

“This is a rare opportunity for the faithful of the diocese to come together to participate in the Liturgy of the hours, an ancient and sacred tradition of the Church,” he said. The service will include hymns, Psalms, readings from the New Testament, and Canticles taken from Scripture. Following Solemn Vespers, a reception and dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency.

The Curé of Ars Award was established by the seminary’s board of trustees in 1985 to honor individuals and organizations whose lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney, the parish priest of Ars, France, and patron saint of priests. For dinner reservations and sponsorship information contact Susan Burns, coordinator of special events for the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo at 847-8373.

All are invited to attend the Solemn Vespers service, and according to reporter Kristyn Million:

“The diocesan festival chorus will be singing, as well as members of the cathedral choir, 65 members in all,” Lukas said. “There will also be a brass quartet, a person playing the flute and a person playing the oboe, so it will be six instrumentalists along with the organ. It will be one of the rare opportunities to hear the cathedral organ at its full power, which you don’t get to hear on a Sunday morning. It will be a unique opportunity to pray and sing together with a thousand other people, which is what we’re hoping to have in attendance.”

Some interior photos of beautiful St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo:







Genjlcgettys said...

Kelly, your diocese has it wrong. The organ is supposed to be enthroned prominently in the center of the sanctuary at the expense of Catholic school-children. Everyone knows that!

Kelly said...

Oh, I'll have to pass that info. on... You cannot notice in the picture, but the pews are not permanently placed. They can be pulled out to make room for the cattle in the barn. And dancers. And a labyrinth. And a chair and line for Santa pictures. NOT!

St. Joseph's Cathedral is a treasure. :)

In the choir loft said...

The cathedral organ is a Hooks and Hastings that was refurbished not that long ago, maybe 6 years. It's tonally excellent with some sturdy reeds.

In the choir loft said...


Do you remember that "other" cathedral that was on Delaware Avenue. It was a disaster as far as construction goes. For beauty, it was par excellence.