Villa Maria College announces Bishop Edward Kmiec of the Diocese of Buffalo will celebrate a Mass on Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. in the Villa Maria Convent Chapel located at 600 Doat St. The Mass will mark the college's final event in its yearlong 50th anniversary celebrations. Following the event, a celebratory banquet will be held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens in Buffalo.
Villa Maria College president, Sister Marcella Marie Garus, CSSF, made the announcement.
The Felician Sisters of Buffalo under the leadership of Sophia Camille Truszkowska founded Villa Maria College in 1961. Know as Blessed Angela since her beatification by Pope John Paul II in 1993, she is the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice.
Villa Maria College marked its 50th anniversary with several events in 2011, including an opening liturgy in the Villa Maria College Auditorium; a candlelight walk and vigil to both rededicate the Villa Maria College Complex Peace Site and promote non-violence; a special performance dedicated by the Cheektowaga Symphony Orchestra; a 3K walk and health fair; and an honors convocation celebration with guest speaker and well-known television producer and writer Gerard Thomas Straub.
"Villa Maria College reached an exciting milestone this year—50 years of providing quality education as an institution of higher learning in Western New York. Our theme, 'A Beacon for Excellence,' - as reflected in our 50th logo - shed its light on the numerous celebrations that highlighted how far we have come since our founding in 1961," Garus said.
Located in Buffalo, Villa Maria College is a private, coeducational Catholic college specializing in the applied arts and music. It grants both baccalaureate and associate degrees in multiple academic disciplines. For more information, call 961-1805 or visit www.villa.edu.