The bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, Reverend Richard Malone, has proclaimed this "The Year of Faith" and has invited all Catholics to the "New Evangelization," named by Pope Benedict XVI. In keeping with this idea, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will welcome Deacon Don Weigel as a speaker during the church's Lenten program. Deacon Weigel is an instructor at Christ the King Diocesan Seminary's Continuing Education Department. His talk will be titled "Year of Faith and the New Evangelization."
Deacon Weigel was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 2010. He received his masters in theology in 2009 as part of his preparation for the Diaconate. He is currently assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish in East Aurora, as well as to the Parish Outreach and Public Policy department of Catholic Charities, where he publishes the "Justice Update" newsletter. Deacon Weigel coordinates Adult Faith Formation and leads Scripture Study at his parish. He is active in prison ministry at Collins Correctional Facility in Collins. He also writes a monthly column in the "Western New York Catholic" publication titled "Justice Perspective." He has given numerous presentations on social justice, ministry and spirituality issues to a wide variety of audiences in the diocese. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 38 years and has three children and one grandchild. The Weigels reside in East Aurora.
The program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, located at 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk. All are invited to this program. There is no admission fee.