“I grew up in the parish,” she said.
Frank Richey said he attends service at the church almost daily, adding that he was pleased to see McLaughlin carry on service to the church for so many years.
“It’s a great day and it’s good to see him,” Richey said.
Current Bishop of Buffalo Richard J. Malone called Monday “a great day of joy for all here in the diocese of Buffalo,” citing “the number of people who have come here today to celebrate” McLaughlin’s birthday.
“It’s a great testimony to everyone’s fondness and esteem and our wishes for many more years,” he said.
Many in attendance followed the Catholic coalition to the elementary school where a luncheon was held for McLaughlin.
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