St. Leo's discussion focuses on the future of the Catholic Church

Wed, Jun 13th 2018 10:00 am

AMHERST — What will the Catholic Church look like in 20 years? What do you want our Catholic Church to be? Four Catholics of distinction in our diocese will each make a brief presentation about their vision of the Catholic Church of the future. Then you will have an opportunity to question and share with a Q & A session.

Join St. Leo the Great Parish on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. for the first in a series of "Let's Talk About ..." discussions on topics relevant to the Catholic Church today. The Future of the Catholic Church will be the topic shared by Bishop Richard J. Malone; Sister Denise A. Roche, GNSH, former President of D'Youville College and current chair of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority; Dr. Anthony Pivarunas, an OBGYN, husband and father; Father James Vacco, OFM, pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Alleghany, faculty member at St. Bonaventure University and campus minister. Msgr. Robert E. Zapfel, STD, pastor of St. Leo's, will moderate the panel discussion.

"We hope to ignite Catholic conversation during these talks. A dialogue through a question and answer period following the presentations will encourage participation from everyone interested in the future of our Catholic faith and Church," Msgr. Zapfel said. "I am really looking forward to hearing all that our experienced panelists and Catholics in the pews have to say about our Church of today and their hopes for tomorrow. Come, listen, learn and participate."

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow. Free childcare is available upon reservation by June 15.

Contact Dawn at or 716-835-8905, ext. 12,  

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