Buffalo News:  Prod Mideast to halt religious persecution (Nov. 4, 2013)

By Douglas Turner

Buf_News_column_11_4_13.jpgThe atrocities committed by Islamist elements across North Africa and South Asia against Muslim and Bahia sects and Christians are almost beyond telling. More than a tenth of the Christian world is under threat – 40 Coptic Christian churches burned in Egypt, tens of thousands of Christians fleeing violence in Syria, nearly half the original 1.4 million Iraqi Christians fled over its borders, suicide bombers killing dozens of Christians in Pakistan.

“Without an end to this violence,” said Catholic Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, “Christian worship could disappear completely from these countries, which would be an incredible tragedy. Our political leaders must use every diplomatic means possible to press the governments in the Middle East to protect churches, religious institutions and Christian communities from what could be total destruction.”  Read more

Niagara Gazette:  Maid of the Mist lifted into new dry dock facility (Nov. 1, 2013)

By Justin Sondel

The Maid of The Mist has plucked its tourist-toting vessels from the waters of the of the Niagara Gorge and placed them on their newly-built dry dock on the former Schoellkopf Power Station site, a punctuation mark for the iconic attraction to a task that has been marred by controversy.

Maid owners and employees stood alongside state and city officials, the construction workers that have been working around the clock to complete the new dry dock and members of the press watching as the 125,000 ton Maid of the Mist VII was hoisted out of the water, her sister ship the Maid of the Mist VI waiting patiently in the rushing waters of the lower Niagara, as the ship was gently placed onto wood blocks to rest for the winter.  Read more

Niagara Gazette - Maid of the Mist gives back (Oc t. 21, 2013)


Maid of the Mist officials announced Sunday (Oct. 20, 2013) that the boat tour company is extending its season by two days this fall— and they're not charging passengers a dime.  Free rides will be offered to all Maid of the Mist passengers on Friday and Saturday, the two additional days the boats will be operating.  Read more


Dredging Today.com - Sevenson Enviornmental achives another milestone (Oct. 17, 2013)

Sevenson Environmental work crews at the Welsbach & General Gas Mantle Superfund Site in Camden and Gloucester City, N.J., have worked more than one million total safe man hours without a lost time accident in more than nine years of work, dating back to August 2004.

“We developed and implemented a Site Safety and Health Plan with strict guidelines for worker safety,” said Alan R. Elia, Jr., Sevenson’s President and CEO. “The focus has been on radiation safety, decontamination, personal protective equipment requirements, spill response and emergency response. The safety of our workers and everyone connected with the project continues to be a priority.” Read more

The Buffalo News - Extensive deterioration poses severe challenges to St. Ann Church (Oct. 7, 2013) - My View op-ed piece by Kevin Keenan, communications counsel to the Diocese of Buffalo

Several letters to the editor have appeared on these pages in recent weeks extolling the history and beauty of St. Ann Church, and it is very fitting that people would express their appreciation and concern for such a grand and historic sacred site.  Unfortunately, few are aware of the true condition of the church edifice. Attendance at a weekly service, or a walk-through to examine the interior of the church, would not reveal the structural defects, some dating to the original construction, or the extent of deterioration to the infrastructure.  Read more


Buffalo News column by Donn Esmond:  No need to rush to demolish St. Ann's (Sept. 8, 2013)

It’s not just about saving buildings. A preservationist these days doubles as a caretaker and a counselor.   Twitchy owners of broken buildings must be talked back from the ledge, shown the possibility of better days. Change a mind, stop a bulldozer.   Tom Yots does not have a degree in psychology, but it would help. Yots is 66, a precise fellow who favors silk ties and pocket squares and mashes a teenager’s energy into a jockey’s body. The head of Preservation Buffalo Niagara may have saved St. Ann’s – the 1886 gem the diocese last month put on the demolition list – with a phone call. At the very least, he earned the East Side church – to the relief of parishiond mers, the neighborhood and anyone who cares about history, culture or progress – a stay of execution.  Read more

WKBW: Diocese Now Looking to Sell St. Ann's in Buffalo


Buffalo News:  Judge dismisses lawsuit aimed at stopping Maid of the Mist dock construction (Aug. 29, 2013)

A judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that threatened the iconic Maid of the Mist’s continued operation of boat tours on the American side of Niagara Falls.  State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent-Panepinto threw out a suit from a California company, deferring to the decisions made by state agencies involved in the process that allowed for a new boat dock and storage facility be built for the Maid on the American side.  (Read more)

Buffalo Rising:  St. Ann's Church demolition on hold as diocese and Preservation Buffalo Niagara work to find alternatives (Aug. 28, 2013)

The Diocese of Buffalo and Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN) have engaged in a collaborative effort to find a reuse for the St. Ann’s Church Campus. Demolition of the iconic structure has been placed on hold as the two entities work together to find a buyer with an appropriate plan for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of the site. Selling is now officially an option back on the table.

Tom Yots, executive director of PBN, leveraged his long time relationship with the spokesman of the Diocese, Kevin Keenan to discuss saving the church. “We’re at this point because Tom picked up the phone and got in touch with me,” said Keenan, “Tom got in touch with me last Wednesday and the following day we had a meeting with the Bishop to discuss pursing reuse options.”  (Read more)

Bishop Malone appears on American Catholic Radio (Aug. 21, 2013)

WGRZ-TV: Diocese says St. Ann decision is final (Aug. 19, 2013)


Buffalo News:  Developer plans apartment complex for North Buffalo School (Aug. 15, 2013)

The recently closed St. Margaret’s School in North Buffalo will be turned into 20 to 25 market-rate apartments, with work expected to begin in 2014.  Iskalo Development said it is completing negotiations with the Buffalo Diocese to acquire and develop the three-story school building at 1391 Hertel Ave., on the south side of the street between North Park and Saranac avenues. It also would add 42 parking spaces for tenants.  Read more

WIVB-TV:  Armed men rob church during funeral (July 15, 2013)

Armed men rob church during funeral

WKBW-TV:  Lake View parish celebrates John Paul II's upcoming sainthood (July 5, 2013)

Steve Cichon signs off from WBEN Radio
(Buffalo News, June 2, 2013)

Veteran broadcaster leaves the airwaves, remembers connection with Kevin Keenan (read more)



Niagara Falls Review (Ontario, Canada) - Maid of the Mist begins construction on U.S. side (Apr. 26, 2013)

Work is underway to build a $32-million winter storage and maintenance facility for the Maid of the Mist at the former Schoellkopf Power Plant in Niagara Falls, N.Y., less than half a kilometre from the Rainbow Bridge. Read more

Niagara Gazette - Maid of the Mist sets sail for another season (Apr. 20, 2013)

The wind was picking up and the waves were beginning to hit the shore with a little more force at the base of the Canadian Falls on Friday as Maid of the Mist employees were gearing up for the first day of the season.  Read more

Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, released the following statement on the election of Pope Francis (March 13, 2013)

 It is with profound gratitude to God that I welcome the election of Pope Francis.  This is a moment of tremendous grace, demonstrating our most important Catholic conviction, that he is a man selected through the intercession of the Holy Spirit to shepherd the Church for years to come.  As the first Holy Father from the Americas, I was impressed with Pope Francis’ humility and spontaneity as he began his first blessing to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, by asking everyone to pause in silent prayer, to pray for him and bless him.  That was a powerful moment.  I ask the faithful of the Diocese of Buffalo to join me united in prayer as the papacy of Francis begins.  May God bless and guide this humble servant as he leads the Universal Catholic Church.

Buffalo News - Area leaders urge state to back Maid of the Mist in fight for business (Mar. 12, 2013)

A group of top leaders in the Buffalo Niagara business, education and tourism industries came out Monday in support of the Maid of the Mist as it struggles to keep its Niagara Falls tour boat operations afloat.  Nine executives sent a letter to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli urging him to “join us in ensuring the continuity of service” of the Maid after a lawsuit was filed by the company’s Canadian competitor.  Read more 

Capital Business Blog - Maid of the Mist deal will save jobs and help tourism (Feb. 26, 2013)

A recent New York Times article by Lisa Forderaro details how a new deal between the Maid of the Mist Corporation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York Power Authority will allow the company to stay in business, save jobs and offer better access on the American side of Niagara Falls. Read more

Niagara Gazette - Comfort Inn-The Pointe owners, Falls hotelier seeking assistance from county IDA (Feb. 13, 2013)

A pair of multi-million dollar hotel projects are in the works in downtown Niagara Falls Read more

Western New York Catholic - Pope Benedict XVI announces surprise resignation (Feb. 11, 2103)

The world woke up Monday morning to the surprising news of Pope Benedict XVI announcing his decision to resign at the end of February, becoming the first pontiff to willing leave the papacy since the Middle Ages.  Pope Benedict XVI, 85, said in a statement that he decided to step down for health reasons. Read more

Buffalo News:  Catholic sisters acclaimed for devotion to education (Feb. 1, 2013)

The contributions of Catholic sisters in the history of America and Western New York are exceptional, particularly in the area of education, said Maureen Orth (pictured with Bishop Malone), renowned author and special correspondent for Vanity Fair. Orth, who is also the widow of political journalist and Buffalo native Tim Russert, was the keynote speaker Thursday at the 2013 Catholic Education Dinner, which was attended by about 1,200 people in Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Read more


Wellsville Daily Reporter - Married man ordained Catholic priest (Jan. 27, 2013)

WELLSVILLE — John Cornelius did something over the weekend with which people in the area may not be familiar. He joined the Roman Catholic Church as a married priest.  “All the time and many,” Cornelius said last week when asked how often gets questions about how he can be married and become a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Cornelius was ordained Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  Read more

WGRZ-TV - Married father of three ordained Catholic priest (Jan. 26, 2013)

Diocese of Buffalo website:  Bishop Malone names new superintendent of Catholic Schools (Jan. 26, 2013)

WIVB-TV Bishop Malone ready to ordain married man (Jan. 25, 2013)

Buffalo News - South Buffalo Catholic School campuses to merge (Jan. 18, 2012)

South Buffalo Catholic School’s three elementary schools will be merged into a single facility next September, parents, faculty and staff were told at a meeting Thursday in Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School.  Ambrose Catholic Academy on Okell Street and Trinity Catholic Academy on Hayden Street will be closed, and all students from prekindergarten to eighth grade will go to Notre Dame Academy, 1125 Abbott Road.

“They looked at all three buildings, and Notre Dame made the most sense,” Kevin A. Keenan, spokesman for the Diocese of Buffalo, told The Buffalo News on Thursday night. “It’s the newest of the three buildings.”

Keenan Communications Group marks successful first year (Jan. 3, 2013)

Year one proved to be highly-successful for Keenan Communications Group (KCG), a Buffalo-based social media, public relations, crisis communications and grassroots advocacy firm.  KCG is the communications division of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates (MMCA), a lobbying firm led by Anthony M. Masiello.  "Our first year was very productive,” said Kevin A. Keenan, a founding partner of KCG.  “We established a strong client roster, maintained a longstanding relationship with the Diocese of Buffalo, provided communications and social media services to some of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associate’s clients, and secured new clients through an aggressive marketing campaign.  We expect growth to continue in 2013.” Read more



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