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"My work as a nurse is enhanced by my Seminary education; now I can better help patients with their spiritual needs."

Arlene Zawadzki earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary this year, after taking courses at her own pace over several years while she worked in psychiatric nursing. A parishioner of the Newman Center at University at Buffalo, she worked for more than 31 years as a nurse at ECMC. Today, Arlene works part-time as a nurse at the VA in Buffalo and she volunteers in pastoral care at Buffalo General Hospital. She also volunteers as a parish nurse at the Newman Center. Arlene says her Seminary education gives her the knowledge and tools to help patients of all faiths with spiritual guidance.

"My work as a nurse is enhanced by my Seminary education because now I am equipped to answer questions from patients and can better help them with their spiritual needs," she says. "The art of nursing is a holistic art of treating the whole person and what I learned at the Seminary strengthens my pastoral ministry with patients."

When you support Christ the King Seminary you help people such as Arlene to serve not only the Church but the broader community as well.

Give so they can serve.  Please support the Seminary 2013 Appeal.  Click here to give.

 

"The parishioners become part of me in my priestly formation."

Seminarian Michael LaMarca began serving his pastoral year at St. Christopher parish in Tonawanda this past May and has had several other summer assignments at parishes throughout the Diocese of Buffalo, from Wellsville to Lewiston.  While each location was different, the West Seneca native says working with the people in the parishes has been a vital part of his education at Christ the King Seminary.

"The parishioners become a part of me in my priestly formation, as I interact with many different ministries in various support roles, from working with the youth group to offering reflections at weekday masses," Michael explains. "It is special knowing one day I will return the support when I serve as a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Buffalo."

When you give to Christ the King Seminary you help support seminarians such as Michael who will go on the serve as priests in our diocese - perhaps even at your own parish.

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"The road is being paved for our future Church and the Seminary offers a strong foundation."

Deacon David E. Clabeaux was ordained a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Buffalo in 2012, received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Seminary in 2013 and currently serves at his home parish, Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca. Parishioners for more than 30 years, David and his wife and family have always played an active role at Queen of Heaven. An executive with Buffalo Neurosurgery Group in Buffalo, David says all that he learned in the diaconal program at Christ the King Seminary dovetails with the parish ministry he now experiences as a deacon.

"The model of the Seminary mirrors the parishes of today where priests, deacons and laity work together and ultimately strengthen our diocese," he says. " The road is being paved for our future Church and the Seminary offers a strong foundation."

When you support Christ the King Seminary you play a role in strengthening our parishes for the future encouraging the dedicated service of people such as Deacon David.

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EVENTS

Easter Vigil
Date: April 19, 2014
Time: 8:30 pm
Rev. John Mack presiding. All are welcome.
 
Classes Resume
Date: April 28, 2014
 
Adoration and Benediction
Date: May 2, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm
All are welcome.
 
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