Restoring Trust: A Path Forward

November 28, 2018

Restoring Trust: A Path Forward

for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

A Symposium at Canisius College
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

This event was intended to inspire a respectful dialogue on what has been done and must now be done to protect the vulnerable, hold leaders accountable, and begin to reform, renew, and heal the Church in the Diocese of Buffalo. Several national and local leaders with diverse experiences and expertise examined the root causes of the failures within the Church, the proper role of the laity in addressing those failures, and realistic suggestions on best practices that will help us impact the culture of the Church.


Kerry Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable, an organization that promotes best practices and accountability regarding management issues in the U.S. Catholic Church. Kerry received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University, and an M.A.R. degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics. She is a recipient of honorary doctorates from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire (2013); Misericordia University in Pennsylvania (2012); St Joseph University in Connecticut (2011); and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California (2010).

Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. is the editor in chief of America magazine, the Jesuits’ national Catholic weekly magazine. A member of the New England Province, Fr. Malone was the youngest editor in the magazine’s 109-year history. Fr. Malone received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an M.A. from Fordham University, a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London, and a baccalaureate in Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain.

Rev. Robert Zilliox is the pastor of St. Mary’s Swormville parish in East Amherst, a canon lawyer and former canonical adviser to Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. Fr. Zilliox is a sex abuse survivor who was featured on the 60 Minutes report on the Buffalo Diocese in October 2018. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Canisius College, a Masters in Divinity from Christ the King Seminary; and a Licentiate in Canon Law from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Margaret Carney,OSF, STD Is the President Emeritus of St. Bonaventure University. During her term she served as president and board member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and was a consultant to the Committee on Education of the USCCB. Before moving to Western New York, Sister Margaret served in the chancery of the Diocese of Pittsburgh as Associate Vicar for Religious. For eight years she was a member of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and led its special task force on leadership roles for women in the church in 1996. She holds her doctoral degree from the Pontifical University “Antonianum”—the Franciscan university of Rome.

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