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Christ the King Seminary will host its annual Curé of Ars awards dinner on Thursday, October 1, at the Adam's Mark Hotel & Event Center. This year's event will honor Monsignor Thomas F. Maloney and The Permanent Diaconate Community of The Diocese of Buffalo.
Monsignor Maloney is being recognized for more than 47 years of dedicated service and ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, including the past 20 years as pastor of St. Amelia Parish in Tonawanda. Monsignor Maloney consistently has demonstrated a particular devotion to Catholic education and the support of vocations.
The Permanent Diaconate Community of the Diocese of Buffalo represents a total of 209 men who have made an incredible journey of being ordained as permanent deacons. They serve as examples of loyal faith and charity to the people of God. Deacon John Leardon, director of deacon personnel for the diocese, and Deacon Greg Feary, director of deacon formation, will accept the award for the Permanent Diaconate.
The Rev. Joseph Gatto, president-rector of Christ the King Seminary, said Monsignor Maloney is richly deserving of the award. "Much like St. John Vianney, who is known as the patron saint of all priests, Monsignor Maloney's counsel has been sought by bishops, priests, women religious, and men and women contemplating a vocation including the Permanent Diaconate, along with parishioners from all walks of life and facing a variety of challenges, and parish staff, said Father Gatto. "Monsignor Maloney has also demonstrated a particular devotion to education and ministering to young people."
Father Gatto praised the deacons of the diocese. "These men responded to their inner stirring and a calling from God to serve as Ministers of the Word, to proclaim the Gospel and preach the homily; Ministers of the Liturgy, to baptize, to witness marriages, communion services and conduct funeral rites; and Ministers of Service, to work with the marginalized, the poor and the imprisoned, while also bringing comfort to the sick. They minister in parishes throughout the diocese, often inspiring others to become active members of their parish. They also minister in prisons, hospitals and immigrant communities throughout Western New York, work with young people, and offer faith-formation, such as RCIA," said Father Gatto.
The program begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Theresa Kazmierczak, a retired public relations professional at M&T Bank and a member of the seminary's Board of Trustees, is this year's chair. Monsignor Richard Siepka, director of spiritual formation for the seminary, is vice-chair. The event is sponsored by Maid of the Mist.
For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities for the Curé of Ars Awards Dinner, visit www.curedinner.com or contact Jessica Tojek, junior coordinator of special events at the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, at (716) 847-8370 or Jraichel@buffalodiocese.org.