The 39th Annual Appreciation Dinner of the Network of Religious Communities will be held 6:00 PM Thursday June 13, 2019 at Samuel’s Grand Manor, 8720 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.

The appreciation dinner provides an opportunity for houses of worship and religious organizations to honor together “community saints” who have served their organization and the wider community. It is also an opportunity for members of the various religious communities of Western New York to experience and celebrate the religious diversity of Western New York.

Our speaker of the evening will be Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D. Sr. Carney was the 20th President of St. Bonaventure University from 2004 until 2016. She is the university’s first president emeritus and is known for her commitment to interreligious understand and work for social justice.

She holds master’s degrees from Duquesne University and St. Bonaventure University and he doctorate was awarded by the Franciscan University of Rome “Antonianum.”

Houses of worship are encouraged to nominate a member or members of their community to receive the religious service award. Religious organizations and businesses are encouraged to purchase an ad in the 39th Annual Appreciation Dinner Awards Booklets. Nominations, ticket order and ad forms can be downloaded on this site, or can be obtained by calling 716-882-4793 ext 201 or emailing