BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Clergy and loved ones gathered at St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo on Saturday to pay their final respects to Bishop Bernard McLaughlin.
During the service, Most Reverend Donald Trautman, Bishop Emeritus of Erie, said, “His life teaches us that the measuring stick for our life should be faithfulness, not success.”
During Bishop McLaughlin’s 102 years of life, he achieved many things. He was a priest for 80 years and a bishop for 46.
He’s the only bishop in Buffalo to be ordained by a pope. McLaughlin was also the founder of several labor schools.
“More impressive than these statistics, is the man behind them. A humble servant of the Lord,” said Bishop Trautman.
Bishop McLaughlin was further described as sincere; someone who saw the good in everyone and one who never wanted center stage.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, presided over the service. He said McLaughlin’s legacy serves as a great example of fidelity.
“Just that constancy, that single-heartedness, which of course we priests try out best to do, because we’re supposed to radiate God’s faithfulness to others, to His people, to His church, and this man did it brilliantly,” Cardinal Dolan said.
Most Reverend Richard Malone, the Bishop of Buffalo, said, “When I would leave him after a visit, he would always say what can I do for you? And I would say, what you can do is pray for the diocese. Pray for the new evangelization. Pray for vocations and pray for me. He said I already am.”
Bishop McLaughlin was laid to rest at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore.