Catholic Charities - Hope for all Seasons of Life
The deacons of the Diocese of Buffalo have served this community for well over 30 years. Their generous mission is to bring the Word of the Gospel alive in service and in liturgy. These men are tireless warriors for the Kingdom of God and we at Catholic Charities applaud their commitment, skill and devotion to the service of Christ and His people.
It is for this reason that I am so grateful for the opportunity to be more closely aligned with the Diaconate Community across Western New York. Through this evolving partnership, we who serve those in need as we would serve Christ Himself can better cooperate in support of each other, and thus be more effective in our ministries in service to the Gospel. I would like to thank Deacon John Leardon, Director of Deacons for the diocese, for his continued efforts to align our missions and grow this wonderful partnership.
CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF BUFFALO IS THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE HUMAN SERVICE PROVIDER IN WESTERN NEW YORK, REACHING ALL EIGHT COUNTIES WITH PROFESSIONALLY STAFFED LOCATIONS. FOUNDED IN 1923, CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVES WESTERN NEW YORKERS WITHOUT REGARD TO AGE, RACE OR RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION. TODAYS CATHOLIC CHARITIES LEADS THE WAY FOR AN INTEGRATED HUMAN SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEM.
The Catholic Charities of Western New York (CCWNY) ConnectLine program was created by a team from CCWNY and a small group of deacons. The purpose is to provide a fast, efficient and effective way for deacons to get assistance for people in need, that cross their path in ministry.
Please note that if the situation is an emergency, then ConnectLine is not the correct resource. However, if the person’s situation in not dire, and they can wait for 5 days or so, (and is a need – but NOT and emergency), then the ConnectLine team can most likely help. Once the Situation Form is received and reviewed, the triage process begins and the ConnectLine Team looks inside and outside of Catholic Charities to find the best resources to assist in the situation. The person in need will be contacted directly by Catholic Charities. You will be notified that the Situation Form has been received, but you will not know what action was taken due to privacy laws. Catholic Charities will confirm that the person in need has been contacted, but that is all. You can, of course, follow up with the person in need to ensure that they got the support they needed.
The login username and password for ConnectLine Assistance can be found in the Deacon Only section of the BuffaloDeacon website.
Central to the ministry of the deacon is to care for those in need – physically, emotionally and of course, spiritually. The challenges of our time and in our diocese are significant and can, at times, be overwhelming. So, it is very comforting to know that we have a powerful ally in God’s vineyard with our ‘Colleagues in Christ’ at Catholic Charities. Each day, the men and women of Catholic Charities dedicate themselves to comforting, counseling and caring for those whom God sends their way. Their knowledge, expertise and compassion aligns perfectly with the mission of the deacon through his three-fold ministry of Word, Altar and Charity.
Oftentimes, people come to the deacon for guidance and assistance that sits outside his areas of expertise. Through the ConnectLine program, we have the means to connect those in need with those who can best help them. I recognize the commitment from Catholic Charities that harnessed the power of over 500 trained social service professionals and made it available in such a simple and flexible way. I am grateful for the continuing support that the Diaconate Community receives from the leadership at Catholic Charities, especially Mr. Dennis Walczyk, CEO.
Together we are able to blend a variety of ministries, capabilities and skills to fulfill our baptismal commitment to bring Christ and His loving mercy to His people, wherever and whenever they need us. We are pleased to be able to unite with our brothers and sisters at Catholic Charities in their mission to provide ‘hope for all seasons of life’.
May God bless our work together for His greater honor and glory.
Deacon John Leardon, Director of Deacon PersonnelDiocese of Buffalo