Two longtime supporters of priestly vocations will be honored by Christ the King Seminary (www.cks.edu) at the 2013 Curé of Ars Awards Dinner. Msgr. J. Patrick Keleher (above, right), director of the Newman Center at the University at Buffalo’s North Campus, and James Grubka (above, left), past president of the Serra Club, will receive the award at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on Oct. 2.
The Curé of Ars Award was established by the seminary’s Board of Trustees in 1985, to honor those whose lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests, and known as the Curé of Ars.
Ordained to the priesthood in 1968, Msgr. Keleher is a strong supporter of Christ the King Seminary, serving on the Board of Trustees. At the Newman Center, he leads a ministry team that serves the Catholic community at the Amherst campus, offering spiritual direction at a time when many young people need it most.
A resident of East Aurora and member of Immaculate Conception Parish, Grubka is heavily involved in the seminary. Under his leadership, the Serra Club supported the vocational needs of the Diocese of Buffalo. Grubka has been the driving force behind the seminary golf tournament and initiated the Adopt a Seminarian Program which is being promoted throughout the eight county diocese. He is also a Knight of Columbus.
James V. and Mary G. Glynn and the Maid of the Mist Corp. are the event sponsor. Phillips Lytle, Sovran Self Storage and Our Lady of Victory Institutions are Silver Sponsors. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Susan Burns, email@example.com or 716-847-8373.
Charles G. Jones, Jr., is chair of the awards dinner. Father Joseph S. Rogliano is vice-chair.