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St. Teresa Parish, 125 Years: 1897-2022. National Register of Historic Places: Listed 2016

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A Message from the Diocesan Vicar for Renewal and Development

Dear South Buffalo Catholic Community,

The Road to Renewal is upon us, and the work of the Renewal is well underway. I want to inform you of some developments for our Catholic Parishes in the South Buffalo Community.

As you may be aware, Fr. Jim Cunningham of St. Teresa’s has retired effective September 1, 2021. Labor Day weekend I celebrated all of the masses at St. Teresa’s and shared with them the information that there will not be a priest coming to replace Fr. Jim. The shortage of priests is evident now more than ever, and we have to begin looking at a new way to effectively minister and provide the sacraments.

This past week, the Pastors of Our Lady of Charity, St. Martin’s, St. Thomas Aquinas and the leadership from these parishes along with the leadership of St. Teresa’s met to begin a process of deciding how our South Buffalo parishes will move forward with one less Pastor. Fr. Bill Quinlivan and Fr. Steve Jekielek will be sharing additional responsibilities that will include St. Teresa’s Parish, effective November 28, 2021. This is a preliminary step to the Family of Parishes, but is a step that will affect all parishes in the South Buffalo Catholic Community.


As we move forward with planning, updates and information will be shared with all of the South Buffalo Parishes. Please pray for and encourage vocations. Pray for the Road to Renewal and the work that is before us, that the Holy Spirit may inspire and guide our Church.

Keep Smiling 😊

Rev. Bryan Zielenieski

Vicar for Renewal and Development