June 27, 2015
The June 24 welcome dinner for the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, New York, combined three worlds: journalism, Catholicism and Buffalo.
It began with a tribute to the late Tim Russert, a well-respected journalist who was the longtime moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” who was equally proud of his Catholic faith and his hometown of Buffalo.
And maybe no one was more proud of Russert, who died in 2008, than Mercy Sister Mary Lucille Socciarelli, his seventh-grade teacher at St. Bonaventure School in Buffalo, who once told him: “Timmy, we have to find a way to channel your excess energy,” and named him editor of the school’s newspaper. Russert credited Sister Lucille with inspiring him to become a journalist and later established the Sister Mary Lucille Outstanding Teacher Award to honor teachers for the impact they have on students’ lives.