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2017-03-15 / Local News

Rev. Matt Nycz joins Blessed Sacrament


Rev. Nycz Rev. Nycz Born and raised in Poland, the Rev. Matt Nycz became Blessed Sacrament’s new pastor in December. The parish is located at 263 Claremont Ave. in Tonawanda.

Twenty-eight years ago, Rev. Nycz came to the U.S. as a seminarian. He graduated from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora and was ordained a priest in 1994.

Prior to coming to Blessed Sacrament, Rev. Nycz was a pastor at various parishes, including Most Precious Blood in Angola for five years and Blessed Mary Angela in Dunkirk for six years.

Rev. Nycz says he wanted to come closer to Buffalo and applied for the position when he heard it was open.

“The people are just amazing; it’s like a family,” he said, adding that everyone at the parish has been very warm, hospitable and welcoming.

“I can see their faith, and it’s coming through both at church and ministry.”

In his new role, the pastor said he’d like to do more healing Masses and extend the outreach ministry. He also noted that he’d like to facilitate more neighborhood-type visitations and invite people to come back and visit the parish.

“I’d like to invite people to join me on a quest in rejuvenating the parish, bringing new ministries and making the parish better known outside of parish boundaries,” he said.

He also hopes to do something for the youth, such as having the Boy Scouts use the parish’s facilities.

In addition, he noted that one of his unique ministries will be leading personal pilgrimages.

Rev. Nycz will host an 11-day pilgrimage to Italy in the fall. It will take place from Nov. 7 to 17, and participants will be visiting Florence, Assisi, Lanciano, San Giovanni, Rotondo, Monte Sant’Angelo, the Sorrento area, Pompeii, Monte Cassino and Rome, as well as experiencing a papal audience. The cost is $2,999 from Toronto.

“Italy’s timeless art and architecture, history and symbols representing 2,000 years of Christian faith have fascinated travelers for centuries,” Rev. Nycz said in the brochure for the trip. He has led several groups to the country before.

The trip is open to anyone. For more information, contact Rev. Matt Nycz at 834-4282 or mnycz@hotmail.com.

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