Tonawanda News — In retirement, Bishop McLaughlin presided at countless confirmations throughout Western New York and continued to celebrate daily mass at St. Timothy Church in Tonawanda well into his 90s.
“I am especially grateful for the gift of priesthood,” McLaughlin said, in a stament released by the diocese Tuesday.
Pope Paul VI ordained him a bishop at the Vatican on Jan. 6, 1969, making him the first priest from the area to be ordained a bishop by a pope. On Jan. 15, 1988, Pope John Paul II accepted his letter of resignation, at which time McLaughlin became auxiliary bishop emeritus of Buffalo.
McLaughlin will celebrate his 100th birthday at noon Monday during a Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, 1085 Englewood Ave. Bishop Donald W. Trautman, bishop emeritus of Erie, Pa., and a native of Buffalo, will give