Reverend James C. Croglio is being honored for his leadership and guidance within the Diocese of Buffalo. For 35 years, he has served priests, religious, deacons and lay ministers at the Diocesan Counseling Center for Church Ministers. His work has included consultation with the chancery, religious communities, the seminary, Catholic Health, and Catholic Charities of Buffalo. He also serves as Chaplain for St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. In 2003, Father Jim was Affiliated into the Christian Brothers, District of Eastern North America (DENA) In these capacities, Father Croglio participates in the healing mission of the Catholic Church and offers services which enrich lives and strengthens the faith community of Western New York.
Sister Patricia Burkard, OSF, former general minister of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and major superior to the Third Order Franciscan Sisters of Williamsville, is being honored for her leadership in raising awareness to have the public better understand the place and the work of religious men, women, and brothers. Under her direction, four communities of Franciscan sisters merged to form one new community. Sister Pat was also extremely instrumental in promoting the canonization of Mother Marianne Cope, OSF who was known for her charitable works and work with people who are suffering from Leprosy in the Hawaiian Islands. In following in Mother Marianne Cope's footsteps, Sister Pat and her community were influential in forming a Catholic Health System in Western New York along with several other religious women who are healthcare ministers. In addition to so many honors, Sister Pat received papal honors from Pope Benedict XVI for her distinguished leadership.