​​August 23rd, 2020 Service - Rev. Richard (Duke) Zajac


As you should already know, our twelve-week seasonal Sunday Worship Service Program for 2020 (June 21st through September 6th), is currently suspended until further notice do to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  


This Sunday, August 23rd, our service was to be celebrated with Rev. Richard (Duke) Zajac, Chaplain, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo NY.  


Richard E. Zajac, known in many circles as “Fr. Duke” has been a staff chaplain at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo for the past 38 years. 

He is presently serving on many Boards and Committees throughout the community including Catholic Medical Partners, Town of Amherst Meals on Wheels, Seminary Alumni Association, as well as the Perinatal Bereavement Network. 

He has chaired or co-chaired the Sister’s Hospital Ethics Committee since its inception in 1984, and serves on the Ethics Committee for the Catholic Health Care System of Western New York. 

He served on the National Advisory Council of the National Association of Catholic Bishops, and served as the Chairman of the Board of the Life Transition Center as well as the South Buffalo Community Development Association. 

He served on the Boards of the Upstate New York Transplant Services, Baker Victory Services, Bishop Timon High School, WNY Peace Center, Catholic Health System’s Corporate Members Board, Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries (BAMM), Sister’s Hospital Credit Union as well as the American Cancer Society. 

He has also served 7 terms on the Priests’ Council of the Diocese of Buffalo, 2 terms on the Priests’ Personnel Board and 3 terms on the Priests’ Council of New York State. 

In his spare time, he has authored four books: Life Injections I , II , III & IV, and is presently writing a book on preaching at funerals for priests, ministers, and deacons.  He enjoys reading, smoking a good cigar and baseball for which h
e’s been an officer of the Parochial Baseball League since 1969 and was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.


Fr. Duke has graciously prepared a video of his homily entitled 'Sinking From Grace? Rise to Great Heights!' for the Friends of the Holloway Memorial Chapel to view virtually in their home as we are all practicing social distancing and cannot meet in person.


Thank you so much Rev. Duke Zajac!






Video link to Duke's homily 'Sinking From Grace? Rise to Great Heights!' on our Chapel's Youtube Channel.