We give thanks for the gift of our Pastor, Father Paul Seil. Even as a youngster growing up in Buffalo, Fr. Paul thought he wanted to be a priest. He said, "As a boy at St. Teresa's we had some wonderful priests including Msgr. Leo Toomey who was known as the Bishop of South Buffalo and Father Leo McCarthy who was a new assistant there. I'm sure that these priests and the Sisters of Mercy had something to do with my vocation, as did my family. My father was very devout and he had a brother who was studying for the priesthood. While I never knew him, I knew his story. The "other" Paul Seil left the seminary to fight in WWII and he died in France on August 15, 1944 -- 11 years before I was born. I have the rosary he carried with him through his military service."
Before setting out on his journey to the priesthood, Fr. Paul worked as a radio announcer for a station in Niagara Falls, and as a civil servant in the Dept. of Human Resources for the city of Buffalo. A St. Bonaventure graduate, Fr. Paul even ran for the Buffalo School Board in 1983. It was at this time that he decided to re-examine his life. He then turned to Christ the King Seminary to pursue his vocation and was ordained in 1989.
Having found his calling, Fr. Paul could focus on what he described as the highest goal of priesthood, "To be a pastor and walk in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd." His experience in the field of Communications would come in handy, as he soon connected with Daybreak TV Productions, and began a relationship that has lasted about 15 years. "If the messages goes unspoken and unheard, we are not living up to the commission of Jesus Christ," he said. As host of Our Daily Bread and Food For Thought, Fr. Paul finds a way to reach people with integrity and honesty.Read More
On the next episode of “Our Daily Bread” host, Fr. Paul D. Seil is in the kitchen with Jesse and Sarah Salterelli, a young couple who have devoted their lives to Youth Ministry. Jesse works at St. Bernadette Parish in Orchard Park and his wife Sarah ministers at Annunciation Parish in Elma. Together with Fr. Paul, they are in the kitchen cooking while they explain the importance of our church connecting with today’s youth.
Fr. Daniel J. Palys is a native of Buffalo and attended St. John Kanty Elementary School and the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary in Buffalo, and received a BA and BD from St. John Vianney Seminary in East Aurora. He pursued graduate studies in religious education at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Fr. Dan was ordained May, 24, 1969, by Bishop Bernard McLaughlin in St. Joseph's New Cathedral in Buffalo.
He served in the missionary apostolate at St. Joseph's, Bliss, as associate pastor at St. Mary's, Lockport, St. Andrews in Kenmore for 9 years, Christ the King, Snyder, and a pastor of Annunciation, Buffalo. He became pastor of St. Gabriel's, Elma in 1993 a parish of 2,600 families. St. Gabriel's had grown to over 5,000 families since Fr. Dan has become Pastor.
Fr. Dan retired from St. Gabriel Church in January of 2017 and now resides at St. Bernadette Parish
Beyond parish responsibilities, Fr. Dan has been involved in various activities within the church and community. He was a member of the Diocesan Consultors and has served on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Priest Senate, the Council of Priests, Youth Boards, Drug Abuse Prevention Council, Priest Personnel Board, Diocesan Finance Council, served as chairman of the Diocesan Evangelization Committee, and has received numerous awards for his community service.
Fr. Dan has a special love for children and teens and brings a wealth of experience and willingness to share God's love and joy with others.