President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., addresses CHS community: 'We cannot surrender our hearts'

CHS Staff


This morning, President Fr. David Ciancimino, S.J., spoke to our community.

"Today our thoughts and our hearts are with the victims, their families and our entire Buffalo community following Saturday’s unspeakable acts of violence and hate. It is difficult for me to fathom that a person would commit a racially motivated mass shooting in our community ... and drive three hours to do so.

"We are all grieving from the immeasurable loss in our community. Words can fail as we try to express our sadness and anger.

"As I sat in my office reflecting about what I might say to you this morning, Mr. Woods from our staff stepped in to tell me that he lost a good friend in Mr. Aaron Salter – the retired police officer and security person on duty – who was murdered at Tops. I asked Mr. Woods, 'What do you say at a time like this ... ?' And he talked about our hearts.

"Whenever someone acts from a place of racial hatred and violence, the person is trying to strike fear and division into our hearts, into our community. Sure, we should feel a righteous anger about this – an anger that is born of the senseless racial violence that has visited our city. But we must do our best to resist giving the perpetrator of such hatred, of this violence, the power to harden or change our hearts.

"Our city, our neighbors, our families, we're all hurting. But we cannot surrender our hearts. Your hearts are good, loving and open.

"The sheriff said, 'There was no room for hatred in our community. We are one Buffalo.' Amen, I say to that, and I would add that we are one Canisius High School.

"My friends, let us make sure that the murderer fails in his mission. Let us make sure that we do not give him the power to change our hearts (except to make them more loving) – or to divide our city. Now is a time for greater unity, and to continue to strengthen and form bonds across bridges of race, ethnicity, faith and culture.

"Let us stand with all those who fall victim to racism, violence and hatred. Let us condemn racism in all its forms. Let us stand now with our community and the victims of this tragedy, which has found its way to our doorsteps. Now is the time to be one Buffalo, one Canisius High School. To be united. To stand stronger. Together.

"Now let us pray: God ever-faithful and true, we come before you asking your Spirit to rest on our city – a Spirit of love and unity; a Spirit of healing and reconciliation; a spirit of justice and peace. For those who have died, we pray you will receive them into your embrace. For those who mourn, give the grace of consolation promised them. For the wounded, bring restoration and fullness of life. For ourselves, strength and courage, and the desire to build your Kingdom – right here and now, in our time – for your greater glory. Together.

"We make this prayer in your Good and Holy Name. Amen. St. Peter Canisius, pray for us."

Students have been encouraged to speak with their counselors, who will be available all day.


National Honor Society induction among highlights of Junior Awards Ceremony

Several distinguished honors and the 2022 induction to Canisius's Robert Bellarmine Chapter of the National Honor Society highlighted Tuesday’s Junior Awards Ceremony in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

"This past week, we celebrated and bid farewell to the class of 2022," said Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres. "Today, we gather to highlight the achievements of our rising seniors, to celebrate the accomplishments of our new student leaders – the class of 2023."

Military appointments among scores of students honored at Senior Awards Ceremony

Tuesday’s Senior Awards Ceremony honored scores of members of the Class of 2022, which collectively has earned more than $21 million in college scholarships and grants.  

Students attending service academies, earning national honors and school-wide recognition for a wide range of activities and achievements were honored before their parents and schoolmates in the historic Scaccia Auditorium.

Victor Mazzara named Mr. Canisius 2022

The 61st Mr. Canisius was announced by principal Ms. Andrea Tyrpak-Endres during this morning's senior awards.

These are the words of Mr. Canisius 2022 upon being nominated:

"I am beyond thankful for the formative role the entire Canisius community has played in my life. No longer am I the shy, anxious kid that walked through the Blue Doors in 2018 ... 

Peter Reiser ’84 named dean of students at Canisius

Peter Reiser ’84, who has 22 years of experience in Jesuit education, including six of those here at Canisius, has been named dean of students at Canisius High School, Principal Andrea Tyrpak-Endres announced Monday morning.

Reiser was the director of college counseling at Canisius from 2000 to 2006. He has spent the last 16 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Finalists announced for 2022 Mr. Canisius award

The Mr. Canisius Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who, in the estimation of his peers, epitomizes all that Canisius stands for. 

Read the reflections written by the 2022 finalists about their time at Canisius and what it means to be a candidate for this award. 

Requiescat in Pace, Liz Lyons Friedman

We mourn the loss of Friedman, who was the first female full-time teacher at Canisius High School.

The Buffalo native and Nardin graduate taught at Canisius from 1970 to 1977 and was also the first female lay faculty member at CHS; she helped establish the fine arts program at Canisius.

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

The GAMBIT silent auction is open!

Check out hundreds of awesome items, from a signed Josh Allen authentic Buffalo Bills helmet to an embroidered CHS dog sweater (dog not included :-) ).

The auction runs through Saturday night, when hundreds will gather at CHS for GAMBIT XLVII.

'All you really need is heart:' Great run for 'Damn Yankees' cast and crew

"You've gotta have heart ... all you really need is heart. ... When the odds are sayin' you'll never win ... that's when the grin should start."

Congratulations to the grinning cast and crew of "Damn Yankees," who seemed to take manager Van Buren's advice after they endured several Covid-related delays and switched musicals in the middle of the rehearsal schedule (!) ... only to respond by putting on a great show for three evenings last week in our historic Scaccia Auditorium.

CHS students raise more than $5,500 in Lenten Mission Drive

A special dress-down event on St. Patrick's Day capped off a very successful Lenten Mission Drive by Canisius students.

More than $5,500 was raised in two weeks, marking the drive's highest total in five years. The Lenten Mission Drive, as it has for the last decade, benefitted two fellow Jesuit schools in Micronesia, located in the western Pacific Ocean: Yap Catholic High School and Chuuk Xavier High School.