Catholic Charities personnel from throughout New York State met in Albany Feb. 5-6 to advocate with elected and state agency officials on issues of concern to the poor and vulnerable. The group also honored SISTER MARY MCCARRICK, OSF, retiring diocesan director of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, and EMMIE GLYNN RYAN, who is general counsel, chief corporate compliance officer and senior vice president of Catholic Charities in Brooklyn and Queens....

Local Catholic BARBARA GARRO has published another book, titled, "Is Jesus Serious? A Garro Guide for Christians." Her previous books included "Living the Call of God," "From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage" and "The Comfort of the Shepherd: Parable Prayer and Meditation." See www.barbaragarro.com for more information....

St. Mary's Academy in Hoosick Falls announced its honor roll for the second marking period. High honors with distinction go to LILLIAN GARDELL.