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.
Holy Trinity Church, Dunkirk August 17, 2019 Summary: 90 total attendees The session opened with an opening prayer by Bishop Richard J. Malone, a reading from the First Book of Kings, intercessions, and reading of a prayer written by priests of our diocese. The...
Nativity of Our Lord Church, Orchard Park. August 10, 2019. Stephanie Argentine kicked off the session at 9:30 a.m. Bishop Malone started with a healing prayer. Approx. 80 people in attendance.
August 14 marks another milestone in the effort to bring compassion, healing and justice to victims of sexual abuse in New York State. One year ago, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury released the results of its investigation into how sex abuse claims were handled in six...
Join the discussion about the Movement to Restore Trust on September 7, 2019 in the Chapel at Blessed Sacrament RC Church, 263 Claremont Ave, Tonawanda, NY. Mass, breakfast Bible study and speakers.
Listening session No. 5 – held at Sacred Heart Parish Social Center, Batavia, NY on August 3, 2019. About 75 people attended, including seven priests and Bishop Richard J. Malone, Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) Organizing Committee member John Hurley and Dennis Mahaney.