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Meet Western New York's Newest Catholic Priests
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St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo was filled to capacity on Oct. 9 for the ordinations of Father David Richards and Father Thomas Roman.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, presided at the Mass.  Dozens of priests were also present.  The bishop quoted from Pope Benedict XVI's "The Hands of a Priest." 

"Jesus Christ is always the one who gives, who draws us to himself.  He alone can say, 'This is my body, this is my blood.'  They mystery of the priesthood of the Church lies in the fact that we, mere human beings, by virtue of the Sacrament of Orders, can speak with His 'I,' that is, in the person of Christ.  He wishes to exercise His priesthood through us."

“I look forward to bringing the message of the Gospel to the people as a priest," Father Richards said.  "Much of the identity of priests revolves around love and hope. I want to be that sign of love and hope for others as they experience God."  Father Richards celebrated his first Mass as a priest on Oct. 10 at Holy Family Church, Our Lady of Charity Parish, in South Buffalo.  He has been assigned as parochial vicar for St. Gregory the Great Parish in Williamsville.

Father Roman celebrated his first Mass as a priest on Oct. 10 at Prince of Peace Church, St. Vincent dePaul Parish, in Niagara Falls.  “Being a priest is about responding to God’s call, if that is what your call is. God, who is infinite love, knows more than I do what will make me the happiest,” he said.  Father Roman has been assigned as parochial vicar for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Lancaster.  

Both assisgnments take effect Oct. 23.

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