Our Mission

The Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (a/k/a Una Voce), means “with one voice” and comes from the Preface of the Most Holy Trinity. Una Voce is an international federation of associations, founded in 1966 in Rome that is dedicated to promoting and supporting the celebration of the Usus Antiquior (Tridentine Mass) within the Church, in union with the Holy See and the Bishops united with the Supreme Pontiff of the Church as encouraged through the 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, and the 2011 clarifying document Universae Ecclesiae.

History of the Latin Mass in Buffalo 

In Buffalo, following the introduction of the Novus Ordo Missae in 1970, a Tridentine Mass was allowed to continue on Sundays at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, but was discontinued under Bishop Head. By the mid-1970s there was no officially approved Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese. During that time, Mass was offered by various traveling priests in hotels in the City of Buffalo. Later, Sacred Heart Church was rented and Mass was offered by visiting priests. The former Kennedy Free Methodist Church on McKinley Parkway was also purchased and operated as an independent chapel, Our Lady of the Rosary (now a Society of St. Pius X Chapel).

In 1984 the Indult Quattuor Abhinc Annos of Pope John Paul II authorized a partial concession for the celebration of the Traditional Mass. At that time, Una Voce Buffalo was formed, initially as a local committee headed by Albert Huntz (President) and Michael Suita (Vice President), for the purpose of requesting the Diocese acknowledge the Traditional Latin Mass. In 1985, the Buffalo Diocese agreed to allow a one-time Mass to take place at St. John the Baptist Church in Kenmore.

A commission of cardinals was convened in 1986, at the request of Pope John Paul II, to study the question of the legal status of the Tridentine Mass and concluded that it had never been abrogated. No action officially suppressing the traditional liturgy was ever taken. This, despite the fact Pope Paul VI had devoutly wished that the new missal would supplant the old. The commission added that any priest ought to be able to choose which missal he wanted to use. Initially sympathetic, Pope John Paul II never put the commission’s recommendations into practice.

In 1988 the Indult Ecclesia Dei Adflicta was issued by Pope John Paul II and was more generous, but the difficulty remained that a bishop’s permission was required if a priest wanted to offer a Tridentine Mass. In 1990, Bishop Head allowed the Traditional Latin Mass to be offered on Sundays and Holy Days at St. Vincent DePaul in Buffalo. The Diocese closed St. Vincent DePaul Church in 1993 and the Latin Mass was moved to St. Joseph’s Cathedral. In 1995, it was moved again; this time, to its current home at St. Anthony of Padua, in the City of Buffalo. At that time, weddings, funerals, Baptisms, and First Communions were offered. In 1997, a second Mass location was started, organized by Mr. Richard Greco, at Our Lady Help of Christians, which continues to this day.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, stating “this Missal was never juridically abrogated and, consequently, in principle, was always permitted,” thereby guaranteeing the right of all priests to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass. This vindicated the position of the Una Voce Federation held since 1970. Unfortunately, some in the Church refused to fairly implement Pope Benedict's Motu Proprio. As a result, the Holy Father issued a clarifying letter in 2011, entitled Universae Ecclesia. In that document, the Holy Father unambiguously authorized the full exercise of the traditional Roman rite as contained in the liturgical books of 1962.

Our Future

We are committed to the continued promotion of the Mass of Ages in our Diocese. In the coming weeks we hope to offer opportunities to increase awareness and knowledge of the Latin Mass and Catholic Tradition. We welcome all those who are interested in learning about the Traditional Latin Mass to attend one of the Masses offered in our area or an upcoming event.

* Information about Buffalo Latin Mass Community is taken from "The History of the Traditional Mass Movement in Buffalo New York”, by Michael Suita.