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The Telly Awards has named Diocese of Buffalo’s Daybreak TV Productions a Bronze winner in the 37th Annual Telly Awards for two video productions, “Building a Basilica” in the documentary category and the Catholic Charities of Buffalo                video “Open Hearts Change Lives”  in the  Charitable/Not-for-profit category.   With over 13,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

"Open Hearts Change Lives," was produced for the 2016 Catholic Charities Appeal, under the campaign theme of Find Good Within. The video brings awareness to the Foster Care and Adoption Program, and the Monsignor Carr Institute -Children's Clinic. The video is used in social media, for television broadcast, and distribution to donors.

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“Building a Basilica” the hour historical documentary, narrated by Brian Dennehy, tells the story of national shrine and Minor Basilica - Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna, NY. The privately funded documentary premiered nationally on ABC-TV affiliates in winter 2014 and again in Spring 2016. Distribution was provided by the Interfaith Broadcast Commission for the ABC-TV Faith and Value Series                                    

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. 

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.  The Silver Council evaluated entries to recognize distinction in creative work – entries do not compete against each other – rather entries are judged against a high standard of merit.  Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor.  Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly. 

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  “Daybreak TV Productions’ accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.” 

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“St. Joseph Cathedral"
Monday, May 16, 2016 by Daybreak TV


Daybreak TV Productions has re-produced the historical documentary entitled “St. Joseph Cathedral”. The thirty-minute program looks at the history of the cathedral and its role in the Diocese of Buffalo.

Originally produced in 2005, Daybreak staff and associates updated beauty shots in high definition, including drone footage from over the top and through the interior of the cathedral.
An interview with Bishop Richard Malone and footage of his Installation Mass as 14th Bishop of Buffalo has been added to the existing interviews and narration. Also included is an interview with current cathedral Music Director, Tim Socha.
Original interviews include Bishop Edward Kmiec, Archbishop Henry Mansell, Bishop Donald Trautman, and former rector/cathedral historian, Msgr. James Campbell.
The original and re-edited documentary has been funded by the Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation.
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20 Years of Our Daily Bread
Monday, April 25, 2016 by Paula DeAngelis-Stein

1995 - Sr. Bernadette O’Kulicz or Sr. Barbara Cirico the original hosts of Our Daily Bread. The cooking show is a production of Daybreak TV.(File Photo)
1995 - Sr. Bernadette O’Kulicz or Sr. Barbara Cirico the original hosts of Our Daily Bread. The cooking show is a production of Daybreak TV.(File Photo by: Patrick McPartland)

The first episode of Our Daily Bread aired in 1996 and featured the St. Vincent de Paul dining room on Main St. in Buffalo, NY.  During that time the show was hosted by two women religious: Sr. Bernadette O’Kulicz, FSSJ and the late Sr. Barbara Cirico, RSM.

These two spirited women religious cooked in kitchens all over our diocese. They visited the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s in Dunkirk, St. Mary’s in Cattaraugus, and many parishes in between.

     Fr. Paul D. Seil stepped into the kitchen in 1999, hosting a few shows along with Sr. Barbara.  They prepared dished like: Liver Dumpling Soup, Stuffed Belgian Endive and Chicken & Rice casserole. In 2002 Sr. Barbara handed the show over to Fr. Paul.

    When Our Daily Bread began, it did not have a permanent set. The host and crew would travel to a parish and cook in the rectory kitchen. In 2003, Our Daily Bread was recorded in the kitchen at St. Lawrence Parish in Buffalo, where Fr. Paul was the pastor. In this kitchen he cooked with people from Canticle Farms, Campus Ministry at Alfred State College, Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish and many others who filled this kitchen with mouthwatering aromas.

directors view fr with deacon miguel     During this time, Fr. Paul took a few trips out of his kitchen as well. He traveled to the Broadway Market, Wendell’s Turkey Farm, Meals on Wheels and Stella Niagara Educational Institute.  Fr. Paul and his guest covered topics such as: St. Nicholas Day, food allergies, blessing of the animals, the sacraments, vocations, Passover, and diabetic cooking.

    When Fr. Paul became pastor at St. Bernadette parish in Orchard Park, Our Daily Bread began recording in the Msgr. Nugent Conference Room, which contains a small community kitchen. In this space we cooked with and learned about people and programs like Meatless Mondays, the Central City Practicum, the WAY program, Foster Grandparents, Camp Turner and Harvest House just to name a few.

     Twenty years later, Our Daily Bread is beginning to go full circle. Fr. Paul is once again out and about in the community cooking and learning about people and places that matter in our lives.  This season,  Fr. Paul has cooked at the Little Portion Friary, Buffalo’s Waterfront area, and Braymiller’s Farmers Market.

      Our Daily Bread first aired on WKBW-TV Ch. 7 and on Time Warner Cable. Then, thanks to CatholicTV, ( based in Boston Massachusetts, Our Daily Bread airs in all 50 states. Now, the most recent viewing source is through the Daybreak TV Productions YouTube Channel!  Just click on the YouTube button at   and while you there, click on the Facebook button to “like” us.  Our Daily Bread also has a Tumblr page, which can be found at

     Help us celebrate 20 years of programing. Tune in Saturday, May  14th at 5:30 a.m. and 1p.m. (special air time this month) on WKBW-TV Ch. 7. This show will be about acceptance, and the importance it plays in our world today. Fr. Paul will be talking to and cooking with Deacon Miguel Santos from Holy Cross Parish in Buffalo and Fr. Conrad Stachowiak, from Resurrection Parish in Cheektowaga, home of the Catholic Deaf Apostolate. 
And as always, recipes can be found at  Thanks for 20 year of watching Our Daily Bread!