News
Remembering Jesuit Father Ronald W. Sams

June 28, 2017 - Fr. Ronald W. Sams, SJ, pastor emeritus of St. Michael Parish in Buffalo, New York, died June 27, 2017, in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 88.

Fr. was born Dec. 29, 1928, in Buffalo, N.Y., to William and Loretta Sams. After graduating from Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1946, he entered St. Andrew on Hudson in Poughkeepsie and attended St. Louis University in Missouri. He also majored in theology at Woodstock College in Maryland.

Fr. Sams was ordained in 1959 at Fordham University Chapel in the Bronx, completed his tertianship in 1961 and professed final vows in 1963.

Fr. Sams served as school vocational promoter for the New York Province of the Jesuits from 1961-65, as well as assistant director and director of the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau. In 1965, he began serving at Canisius High School, where he continued serving as provincial school vocational promoter and director of external missions for the local province of the Jesuits. From 1970-74, he served as director of spirituality in Guam at the Jesuits' pre-novitiate house on the South Pacific island.

After returning to New York in 1974, he returned to Canisius High School to serve as the school's director of development. He went on sabbatical from 1982-83 before serving in the Caroline Islands from 1983-95, where he served as a secretary and assistant for financial development for the Jesuit bishop there.

That year, he returned to his alma mater to serve as chaplain to parents and alumni at the high school, as well as subminister for a brief period in 1998, until 2001.

In 2001, Fr. Sams became a minister and chaplain to parents and alumni for the Canisius Jesuit community, and continued serving as advisor for the Gambit auction at Canisius High School. He remained there until 2003, when he began serving as superior and later pastor for St. Michael Church in Buffalo until 2013, when he was named pastor emeritus. He remained in residence there with the faculties of a parochial vicar.

Fr. Sams served on the Presbyteral Council, a primary consultative body to the diocesan bishop, and served as a member of the College of Consultors since 2000.



Arrangements

WAKE:                 

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Amigone Funeral Home (716-836-6500)
1132 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209
2:00 – 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Friday, June 30, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
St. Michael’s Church (716-854-6726)
651 Washington Street
Buffalo, New York 14203
9:00 – 10:00 A.M.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:

Saturday, July 1, 2017
10:00 A.M.
St. Michael’s Church (716-854-6726)
651 Washington Street
Buffalo, New York 14203

BURIAL:                

United German and French Cemetery
Mount Calvary Cemetery Group
800 Pine Ridge Road
Cheektowaga, New York 14255




Recent News

July 14, 2017 - Free, online access to numerous scholarly publications and sources in the Jesuit Studies field is now available, thanks to a project of the Boston College Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. The Portal to Jesuit Studies is meant to serve as a "Jesuit Google," strengthening the institute's efforts to serve as a resource on the history, spirituality, and pedagogy of the Society of Jesus.

June 28, 2017 - Fr. Thomas P. Murphy, SJ, was called to eternal life on June 28, 2017. He was born on Aug. 19, 1926, entered the Society of Jesus on June 20, 1944. He was ordained on June 22, 1957, and pronounced his final vows on Aug. 15, 1960.

June 26, 2017 - Fr. Vincent M. Cooke, SJ, was called to eternal life on June 22, 2017. Fr. Cooke was born on May 24, 1936, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1954. He was ordained on June 15, 1967, and pronounced Final Vows on Oct. 19, 1974

June 21, 2017 - Fr. Louis L. Grenier, SJ, was called to eternal life on June 19, 2017. Fr. Grenier was born on Nov. 2, 1918, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1936. He was ordained on June 18, 1949, and pronounced Final Vows on Aug. 15, 1953.

June 5, 2017 - Fr. Michael T. Siconolfi, SJ, was called to eternal life on June 4, 2017. Fr. Siconolfi was born on Sept. 7, 1942, and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1960. He was ordained on May 27, 1972, and pronounced Final Vows on Dec. 24, 1992.

May 8, 2017 - Fr. Francis P. Valentino, SJ, was called to eternal life on May 6, 2017. Fr. Valentino was born on Feb. 16, 1935, and entered the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1954. He was ordained on June 13, 1968, and pronounced Final Vows on Feb. 19, 1983.

April 20, 2017 - Fr. John M. Buckley, SJ, was called to eternal life on April 19, 2017. Fr. Buckley was born on July 17, 1925, and entered the Society of Jesus on June 20, 1943. He was ordained on July 29, 1956, and pronounced Final Vows on August 15, 1960.

view all news

Search news







Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.