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The second-oldest bishop in the United States will celebrate his 75th year as a priest tomorrow – in Buffalo.

Bishop Bernard J. McLaughlin is the retired Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Buffalo. He’s 98 years old this year and has lived and worked in the Buffalo area for nearly all his life. He has received recognition from several popes in the Vatican over the course of his career, and was ordained a priest and a bishop in at the Vatican in Rome.

In an interview released by the Diocese of Buffalo, McLaughlin credits the late Monsignor James McGloin as the man who nudged him in the right direction, during his grade school years.

"He addressed all the higher grades in the (Ascension) Elementary School, to encourage all the boys to become priests, and the girls to become nuns," McLaughlin said. "Of course, his priority was priests."

McLaughlin says it was ultimately a Catholic nun at the school who gave him a hard enough push.

"She said, 'You should go with him because you should be a priest,'" recalled McLaughlin, "and she kept repeating it. So I think she is due her credit for it, also."

Bishop McLaughlin’s nephew is Father Robert Waters, the senior parochial vicar at Resurrection Parish here in Batavia.

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