Msgr. Fran Weldgen
Masses  -  Weekdays 7:00, 8:15 a.m.   Saturday 5:00 p.m.   Sunday 8:00, 10:00, 11:30 a.m.
1317 Eggert at Main, Amherst,NY 716 - 834 - 1041

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Phone: 716-834-1041

Fr. Fran was born in 1935 in Batavia, NY. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s School in Batavia, the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, Niagara University and the Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in Rome, Italy on December 20, 1959.

Fr. Fran has served in many capacities in the Diocese. He was the Director of the Youth Department for 13 years from 1972 to 1985. He served as the Pastor of St. Christopher Parish in Tonawanda for 21 years. He retired from St. Christopher’s in 2006.

When Fr. Gary Bagley died suddenly in 2006, Fr. Fran agreed to serve as administrator of the parish until a new pastor was appointed. He stayed on as weekend help after the appointment of Fr. Joe Porpiglia. He again agreed to help out when Fr. Joe was deployed to Afghanistan, serving as the moderator of the school.

We are very grateful for all that Fr. Fran has done for St. Benedict Parish since his “retirement.”