Our Leadership

Organizing Committee Members

Paul D. Bauer
Retired financial executive and co-founder of the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund

Thomas R. Beecher, Jr.
Attorney, of Counsel, Phillips Lytle LLP; principal in Barrantys LLC, a family office firm.¬† Active on numerous boards. Co-founder of the BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund. Co-Chair of the diocesan endowment campaign, Upon this Rock

Robert M. Greene 
Retired attorney with Phillips Lytle LLP, current chair of the Catholic Health System Board, former chair of Bishop’s Council of the Laity and Canisius College Board of Trustees

John J. Hurley
President of Canisius College; former co-chair of the Bishop’s Council of the Laity

Maureen O. Hurley
Retired EVP and Chief Administrative Officer of Rich Products Corporation, and former co-chair of the Bishop’s Council on the Laity; current member of the Catholic Health System Board

Carl J. Montante, Sr.
President and Managing Director of Uniland Development Company; former chair of the Canisius College board

Mary Travers Murphy
Executive Director, Family Justice Center of WNY

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD
Senior Associate Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine at the University at Buffalo and former president of the American Medical Association

Nancy W. Ware
Founder and president of EduKids, the largest childcare provider in WNY; member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees

 

Proposed Areas of Inquiry

Transparency around the nature and scale of abuse in the Diocese and Spiritual Reparation for the Victims;

Transparency about All Diocesan Operations;

Accountability for bishops;

Lay involvement in selecting and monitoring bishops;

Greater involvement by women/laity in the Church; and

Improvements in formation of priests and priestly life

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