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Sister Simone Campbell carries social message to Buffalo

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Sister Simone Campbell is best known for organizing the Nuns on the Bus campaigns against social ills. As she continues to press her message, she made a stop in Buffalo Sunday.

Sister Campbell was among a group the nuns investigated by the Vatican over questions of doctrine and philosophy. That probe was abruptly dropped last week by Pope Francis.

The executive director of NETWORK was in town Sunday for the annual Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence Fundraiser. Campbell says Sister Karen was an example of the changing roles of nuns.
"She gave her life in relationship with a man she thought she could make a difference with, who turned his back on that possibility, who couldn't deal with hope. And, so, I'm deeply honored to be here, in her memory and to lift up her story," Campbell said,

Sister Karen was killed by a resident in the halfway house for paroled prison inmates she ran on the East Side. The Peaceprints signs and posters, so visible around the local community, are a legacy of her work.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.