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Auxiliary Bishop Grosz Named Diocesan Administrator

By Eric O'Connor

Buffalo, NY – Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz will become the new administrator of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. He was named to the post Monday by a group of seven priests known as the College of Consultors.

Grosz succeeds the previous diocesan administrator, Robert Cunningham, who was installed last week as bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York. Grosz said he's gratified at the confidence his fellow priests have placed in him.

Grosz says he will use this opportunity to strengthen the outreach of the Church.

"How do we strengthen the presence of the Church," Grosz asked. "How do we continue to reach out to people? How do we continue to embrace all the needs that are out there? That's why we have Catholic Charities and parish outreach helping all the people who are in need."

Buffalo has been without a bishop since last December when Henry Mansell was installed as Archbishop of the Hartford Catholic Archdiocese. There's no timetable on when the Pope will appoint a new bishop.

When asked if he would accept the bishop's position in Buffalo, Gosz said, "if you get an invitation from the the Holy Father, you don't say no."