Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Diocese of Buffalo, helped the community of Mount St. Mary Academy begin its 87th academic year when he celebrated Mass on Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. in the school auditorium. Monsignor Francis Weldgen, who serves as the school’s chaplain, concelebrated.

“We are honored and blessed that Bishop Malone and Fr. Fran could be with us as the Mount St. Mary family comes together formally for the first time this year,” said Principal Dawn Riggie. “It has been a spirit-filled celebration that I know will set the tone for another successful year for us.”

The Mass also included an induction ceremony of the 2013-14 student council members, selected by their peers at the conclusion of the last school year.

After Mass, Bishop Malone joined with the students enjoying the sunny day at a picnic and carnival sponsored by Student Council.

Though this is the first Mass Buffalo’s new bishop has celebrated at Mount St. Mary Academy, he visited the school shortly after being installed as the 14th bishop of Buffalo.

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