Statement about Priest Convocation 2019
Priests from the Diocese of Buffalo gathered from June 4-6 at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora for their annual Convocation. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Together: Renew, Recommit, Restore – to give you a future of hope.”
During these three days priests reflected on current circumstances, learned more about the Movement to Restore Trust from Organizing Committee member John Hurley, had dialogue about plans for renewal and targeted future goals. A very poignant and solemn moment of the Convocation included a presentation by a victim/survivor of clergy sexual abuse. At the conclusion of the Convocation, the reaction of the priests was that it was one of the best/most productive Convocations in recent years because it was based on dialogue focused on the commitment to move forward together, to renew and reform.
The priests recommitted to working with the Bishop, and to immediate and significant action working with the MRT by strengthening the partnership with the laity, enhancing communication, supporting accused priests, increasing prayer, worship and retreats, and among other things, addressing the spiritual well-being of priests.
As a direct result of the MRT recommendation, Bishop Malone has agreed to a series of listening sessions across the diocese. The listening sessions will include Bishop Malone praying with the faithful, hearing their thoughts and comments, inviting discussion and...
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT), an independent organization of Catholic laity formed to lead a movement to restore trust and confidence in the Church in the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal, today jointly announce their ongoing partnership through the creation of a Joint Implementation Team (JIT).
WBEN Radio interview with Bishop Malone, April 2, 2019