12 February 2020

Helping Others Hone Their English Skills

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After serving her fellow sisters as a member of the congregation’s Leadership team for eight years, Sister Roberta Smith was open to a new ministry. When a friend approached her about teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults, she agreed. “There is a Hispanic population down in the Bronx that needs help with [...]

10 January 2020

From Refugees to Family

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Mauricio and Evelyn Melara were 18 when they left civil war-torn El Salvador in 1988. They walked to the Mexico – U.S. border and eventually ended up in Buffalo, New York, hoping to gain entry to Canada. But a backlog of refugees left them, and hundreds of other asylum seekers stranded in Buffalo with little [...]

18 December 2019

Thank You, Anderson’s!


When Sister Conchetta LoPresti began teaching sign language classes at Resurrection Church in Cheektowaga, New York, the goal was to keep the parish from dividing along hearing and deaf. Ten years later, Sister coordinates the Deaf Ministry for the entire Buffalo Diocese; this year, the sign language classes have gone beyond the parish and its [...]