"Upon this Rock" and Seminary Closure

Beginning in 2015, The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., Inc.
(“Foundation”) began soliciting donations to its “Upon this Rock” (“UTR”) capital and endowment
campaign. The UTR campaign raised funds for many purposes, including soliciting funds for
making essential upgrades to classroom facilities and technology of Christ the King Seminary
(“CKS”), expanding CKS’s role as a center of retreat and religious celebration, and establishing
an endowment fund for CKS. Unfortunately, in early 2020, CKS’s Board of Trustees determined
that CKS would close at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. CKS’s closure will make it
impossible for the Foundation to use the UTR funds raised for CKS for their original intended
purposes. However, under New York law, when the original purposes for which funds are
donated become impossible to achieve, those purposes can be modified in a manner consistent
with original intent by the New York State courts. For many years, CKS provided education and
formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministers in the Diocese of Buffalo and beyond.
Accordingly, the Foundation has asked the New York State Supreme Court for the County of
Erie to approve a modification of the purposes of UTR funds raised for CKS so that those funds
can be used to support the education and formation for ordained and lay ecclesial ministry in the
Diocese of Buffalo, as determined in the discretion of the Foundation’s Board.
If you have donated to UTR and would like to be heard regarding this requested
modification, you may send a letter to: The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Buffalo, N.Y., Inc., attention Executive Director, 795 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or an
email to [email protected]. Copies of letters or email received by the Foundation will be
provided to the Court. You may also make a formal filing in the legal proceeding entitled Matter
of the Modification of Endowment Funds of The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of
Buffalo N.Y., Inc., Erie County Index No. 814747/2020. In order for your submission to be
available for the Court’s consideration, please be sure to send any letter or email, or make any
filing, no later than Friday, April 9, 2021.