The Diocese has begun the Road to Renewal beginning with the formation of the pilot parishes of Family of Parishes. That phase is now complete and the Diocese of Buffalo has announced the first pastors of Family of Parishes of pilot parishes.
The first groupings of parishes include: Sacred Heart of Jesus in Bowmansville; St. Mary of the Assumption in Lancaster; Our Lady of Pompeii in Lancaster; St. Philip the Apostle in Cheektowaga; Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta in Depew; and St. Martha in Depew. The Pastor of this Family is Msgr. Richard Siepka.
A second grouping of parishes includes: Assumption in Black Rock; Holy Spirit; St. Margaret; St. Mark; and St. Rose of Lima in North Buffalo and All Saints in Riverside. The Pastor of this family is Father David Richards.
A third grouping of parishes in South Buffalo includes: St. Martin of Tours, St. Teresa, St. Thomas Acquinas; and Our Lady of Charity with Fr. Bill Quinlivan as the Pastor of that Family.
A fourth Family of Parishes include: Holy Name in Ellicottville; St. Philomena in Franklinville; and Our Lady of Peace in Salamanca under the direction of their Pastor, Father Dennis Mancuso.
The Road to Renewal is a collaborative parish model adopted by many dioceses throughout the country. This model seeks to group the 161 parishes of the Diocese of Buffalo into 36 Families of Parishes.
St. Louis will join with Blessed Sacrament, St. Michael, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Joseph Cathedral, and Our Lady of Perpetual help in the family of parishes during phase two of the renewal.