Sunday, August 11

UB Newman Center Chicken BBQ!

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2024 Bridge Lecture Series

We’re excited to announce this year’s Summer 2024 Bridge Lecture Series begins on Wednesday, June 19! This diverse and enlightening lineup of six lectures brings together the bright minds from the University at Buffalo to the UB Newman community.

Whether you’re a student, faculty member, or a curious member of the community, these lectures promise to enrich and inspire. We invite you to explore our schedule and join us in this journey of knowledge and discovery!

DateLecturePresented by
6/19The Promise and Peril of AIE. Bruce Pitman, Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, David Castillo
6/26Shoulder Replacement SurgeryDr. Thomas Duquin
7/10AI and K-12 EducationChristopher Proctor
7/17UB Football 101Pete Lembo, Head Coach UB Football
7/24How are You Influenced by Social MediaCollin Anderson
7/31The Two ChurchesFr. Paul Seil

Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. FREE and OPEN to the public! All are welcome!

Vacation Bible School

The wait is over! Our registration form for Vacation Bible School is now live! Please register by Friday July 12th.

The UB Newman Center is planning a week long Vacation Bible School for Monday July 22nd-Friday July 26th from 9am-12pm. Please fill out the form to sign-up your child(ren) for our week long event. You must fill out a separate form for each child you are signing up for VBS. The cost of VBS is $40 for 1 child, $ 70 for 2 children, $100 for 3 children, and $120 for 4 children. A payment link will be sent out in the coming weeks. Financial assistance is available for VBS.  

Please contact ubnc.francesca@gmail.com for any questions or concerns. We will be sending a separate sign-up sheet for volunteers, thanks again for your support! We hope to see you there!

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/yaYcFTYenfE7F5Lu5

Family 36 Update

6/9/2024

Dear Newman Community,

Since last winter, the staff and lay volunteers of UBNC have given tremendous amounts of time and their expertise to answer challenges which we all face as the “Road to Renewal” is further implemented.

As the media reported, it has been proposed that 15 City of Buffalo churches be merged. More announcements will be made through the end of next week (June 14). Subsequently, “Families” will meet to accept proposals or structure new plans to submit the Diocese.

The Recommendations and Justification for each family in the Buffalo Vicariate were distributed to us on June 6. They are listed in their entirety on this page as well as the Timeline for further implementation.

Beginning in the new Fiscal Year (September 1, 2024) the Diocese will no longer subsidize UBNC. Our debts will be our responsibility completely.

As you have heard during these past months, we need more than $11,000 weekly income to sustain our current level of ministry. Thank you for your generous response to our appeal and support of our fundraisers.

Regarding “Justification 2.” We are neither expecting nor preparing for that to happen.

Our mission is to continue to serve UB Students, Staff, and the Resident Community which joins together to proclaim the Good News and live our Catholic faith in the manner taught by Vatican II and Pope Francis.

We thank Fr. Bryan for his encouragement and willingness to survey our unique situation.

We all have many questions. The staff and leadership of UBNC and our Family stands ready to assist and give answers as we are able.

Peace,

Diocese Recommendations for Family #36

  1. Projected number of active priests for this family by 2030 = 1
  2. Based upon scoring and metrics, it is recommended that the family rightsize and reshape this family evaluating the following recommendations:
    1. A one-year evaluation needs to be completed for this family based upon progress in the campus ministry family.
    2. The hiring of a full-time position to coordinate all of campus ministry in the Diocese needs to take place.
    3. This family would now fall under the Buffalo Vicar Forane’s authority.

Justification

  1. This unique family will need to be reassessed after one year to determine effectiveness of this family structure. This reassessment will also provide accountability to this family so they participate in the larger picture of the Diocesan Renewal going forward.
  2. If the UB Newman Center is sold due to Chapter 11, reevaluation of this family will have to take place immediately.
  3. This family may need to reassess how to effectively minster with only one assigned priest in the future, with other retired priests helping as necessary.

Timeline

Vicariate Meetings to Present RecommendationsJune 3-14
Family Evaluation of RecommendationsJune 30
Family Recommendation to Diocese of BuffaloJuly 15
Plan Evaluation/Acceptance by Diocese of BuffaloAugust 30
Announcement of ClosuresSeptember 1
Closure DateTBD w/ Family & Diocese

Report to the Community 5/9/2024

The Newman Center plays an important and unique mission in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo—to create and strengthen the bond between students and God at a time when research shows that many young people turn away from the Church. There is great power in the intermingling of college students with other members of the Newman community, with a focus on community outreach and service. In the process of enhancing their faith, our own is reignited.

In addition to its core service to students, UB Newman has been an inclusive and welcoming sanctuary– a place of non-judgment and acceptance that draws Catholics from across the region. This is an institution which has become a spiritual cornerstone in our community.

None of this will come as a surprise to you, our Newman family. Your dedication to the Newman mission is the flame that inspires us. 

The attached Report to the Community, prepared by our UB Newman Ministry Planning and Finance Councils, provides an overview of our robust campus ministry, pastoral life, service, and social activities. It also details our financial picture. Like most area parishes, our weekly collections have fallen considerably, leading to our operating at a deficit. In the past, deficits have been offset by the Diocese; this is obviously no longer a possibility.

As the Buffalo Diocese faces uncertainty and bankruptcy, the most effective way for us to sustain the vibrancy and critical work of the UB Newman Center is for us to be financially self-sufficient. Simply put, we need to generate enough revenue (through offertory and fundraising) to cover our expenses completely.

We have spent months gathering and reviewing the data. We have determined that, to fully fund our mission and better secure our future, we need to increase our income by $3,300 per week. This is attainable if enough donors return to their previous levels of giving or increase if possible. 

The document outlines how you can play a role in remedying our shortfall. Please be assured that all funds raised will go directly to support the Newman Center.

We appreciate your engagement and support as we work together to navigate these turbulent times and begin to plan for a more sustainable future for our community.

You and this community are the Newman Center. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

In gratitude,

The UB Newman Center Ministry Planning Council

Download the Report to the Community 6/24/2024 Report

For pastoral needs, call
Fr. Paul at 716-713-1079 or Dcn. Mike at 716-200-7262.

Celebrant Schedule

Mass Times

Register

  • Saturday*, 5:15 p.m.
  • Sunday*, 9:15 a.m. 10:45 a.m.
  • Student Mass: Sun. 6:30 p.m.
    • During the UB academic year
  • Thursday & Friday: Noon 

 * You're invited to arrive at 5 PM, 9 or 10:30 AM and we will still have time before the formal celebration to share and converse with the rest of the community.

Weekday Prayer Services

Monday & Wednesday at Noon

ALL ARE WELCOME
at the UB Newman Center

We are part of the Buffalo Diocese campus ministry family (#36), including St. Joseph University Parish, and the Newman Center at Buffalo State

What We Mean by
Everybody is Welcome

Single, twice divorced, under 30, gay, filthy rich, black and proud, poor as dirt, can’t sing, no habla Inglés, married with pets, older than God, more Catholic than the pope, work-aholic, bad speller, screaming babies, three-times divorced, passive-aggressive, obsessive-compulsive, tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts. OH, AND YOU!

Welcome!

Whether prospective or incoming or returning, we are thrilled to welcome you to the University at Buffalo and the UB Newman Center!

We here at the Newman Center feel privileged for the opportunity to walk alongside you during your time at UB and share with you celebrations of the Word, sacraments, prayer, community, and so much more.

The Newman Center often acts as a “home away from home” for students. We offer a warm, welcoming environment for growing in faith, as well as a dynamic community that relishes in sharing time and energy with one another and with students.

During your years at UB we will listen, teach, support, and challenge as you:

  • Clarify values in a time of exploration
  • Build a sense of Catholic identity and understanding through education, reflection, and discussion
  • Are formed into leaders in the world and for the Church through service and empowerment.

At Newman, “all are welcome”! We truly look forward to welcoming you into our community.

STUDENTS: Please visit our Campus Ministry page for more student information.

Fr. Paul Seil

Senior Parochial Vicar

Fr. Paul D. Seil, a native of Buffalo, has served as a priest for 35 years. During the Road to Renewal reorganization, he was assigned by Bishop Fisher in June 2023 to the UB Newman Center in the role of senior parochial vicar. He priorly was appointed pastor of St. Lawrence Church in 1999, subsequently served for 13 years at St. Bernadette Church in Orchard Park, and finally served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Buffalo’s Old First Ward.

Fr. Paul also currently serves as chaplain of the Buffalo Fire Department. He hosted a cooking show, “Our Daily Bread”, for nearly 20 years.

Fr. Paul was ordained by Bishop Edward Head in January 1989. Before ordination he worked as a civil servant for the city of Buffalo. The son of the late Gerard and Rita (Roach) Seil, he is the oldest of 4 children.

 

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