Gift of the Magi is Shared by All in Merged (Oblate) Parish

By Nancy Fischer, News Niagra Reporter, Originally Published by The Buffalo News  (Used with Permission)

Fr. Quilin Bouzi, OMI, Pastor

The majesty of the Feast of the Epiphany was a multicultural treat on Sunday, as parishioners from Our Lady of Hope parish re-enacted the journey made by wise men from the east to Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. Many of the celebrants hailed from across the globe and had made journeys of their own before settling in Buffalo.

Epiphany, the final celebration in the Christmas season, recalls when the Magi, often referred to as the three kings, traveled from different corners of the globe following a star to bring gifts to the baby Jesus.

The journey portrayed is especially meaningful for the merged parish and its members, many who come from Myanmar, Thailand and various African countries.

Our Lady of Hope, located on Lafayette Avenue, has expanded its re-enactment over the past six years to include four kings of different nationalities, as well as more than two dozen young…

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Joseph Swan Tun, his wife, Lucy, and their 4-month-old daughter, Helen, portray the Holy Family during the Feast of the Epiphany Mass at Our Lady of Hope in Buffalo on Sunday (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)