The Charles and Elinor O’Leary Family Fund was created by the six O’Leary children as a way to honor their parents today and for many years to come. Established in 2009 and administered by the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the actual inception of the fund came about as a result of a simple, and not all that uncommon, request from their parents.
Created specifically to address the needs of children 16 and younger, the Gugino Family Fund honors the legacy and values of Joseph, Mary, Paula and the Rev. Msgr. Henry J. Gugino. Established by Msgr. Gugino for Catholic Charities and administered by the Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, the fund provides that income from his estate be dedicated to helping the youth of Western New York overcome the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their fullest potential.
Bishop Edward U. Kmiec celebrated his Golden Jubilee in October 2011, marking 50 years of service as a priest. The honor was highlighted by a
jubilee Mass held at St. Joseph Cathedral and attended by 12 bishops — some of whom were his contemporaries in Rome – along with fellow priests, religious women and lay faithful.
This past year, Fidelis Care — established by diocesan bishops as the New York State Catholic Health Plan to further Catholic healthcare ministry — awarded a $36,000 grant to the Foundation to be used in collaboration with the Guild of St. Apollonia and Catholic Charities to serve the dental needs of the poor.