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May 3, 2013

Warm welcome for new bishop at Cardinal O'Hara

Education: Cardinal O'Hara High School earns high praise from Bishop Malone after first-ever visit.


Tonawanda News — “It’s really exciting to serve the bishop,” Dave Seifert a CIAO student, said. He and classmate Tony LoBuglio said they received their inspiration to try culinary arts from working at Rizzo’s restaurant.

Student council and class officers were invited to the reception.

Andrew Moje, a freshman class officer, said he was impressed by the bishop’s personality and feeling for the school.

When the bishop came into the reception, he took his coffee and sat with the students, laughing and joking with them and getting a feel for student life.

“(The bishop) is very personable,” Paige Currie, a sophomore class representative, said.

O’Hara presented a gift to the bishop, who when he opened it, exclaimed an enthusiastic “Wow! This is wonderful,” to which one of students commented that he’d never heard a bishop exclaim “Wow.”

The students cheered when the bishop said he was following a long tradition of granting a “Bishop’s Day” holiday for the school.

Later, Malone and school principal Mary Holzerland toured the facility.

“During his tour of the building, the Bishop spoke with students about the beautiful facility that we have here and listened to many of them talk about their pride in the visible reminders of their school from the black and gold theme seen in our impressive gymnasium and through the halls of the school,” Holzerland said.. 

“It’s wonderful. I know O’Hara has an upward enrollment and the courtyard with umbrella tables and chairs for the students to enjoy is something I’ve not seen in other schools,” the bishop noted.

“It was a beautiful day, both inside and outside of Cardinal O’Hara High School — one that will always be remembered by each and every student,” Holzerland said. 

Contact community editor Barbara Tucker at 693-1000, ext. 4110 or email

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