The Arrival of the Friars
in Western New York
During the 19th century, the work
of two men, Bishop John Timon and Nicholas Devereux, brought a stronger Catholic
presence to the region. Here, we
will find the roots of the Franciscan presence in western
Bishop John Timon (1797-1867)
John Timon of
1847 he was appointed Bishop of the new Diocese of Buffalo where he found a
shortage of priests. His diary
relates his own regular journeys, often by horse and wagon or sleigh, through
the countryside to serve the many small communities.
Bishop Timon was fortunate to find an ally already in place in western New York.
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