Niagara University Joins ‘Catholics at the Capitol’

March 28, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Catholics at the Capitol

Pictured in Albany with Bishop Richard J. Malone, left, and Father Ryszard Biernat are Niagara University representatives Veronica Grande, Ashley Serwon, ’11, M.S.’13, Therese Marchand, and Katherine Filipski. Not pictured: Kristina Schliesman and Abbey Smolinski.

Niagara University’s Office of Campus Ministry accompanied four students and an NU alumna to the Capitol in Albany on March 19 to participate in Public Policy Day, often referred to as “Catholics at the Capitol.”

Representing the Diocese of Buffalo and the New York State Catholic Conference, the NU contingent met with elected officials to discuss key issues outlined by the NYSCC and Catholic bishops. The goal was to sway the legislators’ position on social justice, respect for life and the common good.

According to Kristina Schliesman, NU campus minister, the highlights of the visit included meeting with senators and assemblypersons, enjoying the fellowship of others from throughout the diocese and celebrating Mass at the Cathedral in Albany where Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan presided and preached.

Joining Schliesman were Niagara University freshmen Katherine Filipski, Veronica Grande, Therese Marchand, and Abbey Smolinski, as well as Ashley Serwon, ’11, M.S.’13.

To learn more about the Office of Campus Ministry, please visit