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UPON THIS ROCK NOTICE:  Beginning in 2015, the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, NY, Inc. ("Foundation") began soliciting donations to its 'Upon this Rock" ("UTR") capital and endowment campaign.  The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary ("CKS"), expanding CKS's role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing an endowment fund for CKS.  Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS's Board of Trustees determined that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.  CKS's closure will make it impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended purposes.  However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent with original intent by the Newy York State cours.  For many years, CKS provided education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond.  Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation's Board. If you donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese or Buffalo, N.Y. Inc, attention Executive Director, 795 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an email to [email protected]  Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be provided to the Court.  You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter of Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020.  In order for your submission to be available for the Court's consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any filing no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.

 

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From Pope Francis

Pain is an unavoidable, but it need not be self-inflicted.  When Jesus said ‘the poor with be with you always’, he was challenging those responsible, not a predicting an inevitable future.  Prosperity comes from peacebuilding at all levels of society.  This is the surest antidote to the growing epidemic of war and poverty.  Peacebuilding requires the greatest courage, as it involves encounter people of differing interests and negotiating toward a common good.  We are seeing in real time the consequence of putting ourselves and our side, first.  As Jesus warned an eye for an eye can only make the world blind.  Building a resilient culture of peace and prosperity necessitates a recommitment to the plight of the most vulnerable, the poor and dispossessed. 

In a shrinking world, the pursuit of war to further national interests and the exercise of the death penalty to ensure public safety must finally be repudiated.  We must confront the lust for greed and power which motivate such acts of violence.  “Forgiving does not mean forgetting.  Those who truly forgive do not forget.” (Fratelli Tutti 250-1)   And yet, today the resources for resolving differences and reduction of violence are plentiful.  Social techniques taught in the schools of restorative justice allow opposing sides to face the worst kinds of injustice, without resort to escalating spirals of violence.  In this endeavor, Christians can surely take the lead.

 

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