Bishop Richard J. Malone, in conjunction with the Presbyteral Council, Vicars Forane, and the Movement to Restore Trust, will host a series of Listening Sessions across the Diocese of Buffalo during the next few months. The sessions will include Bishop Malone praying with the faithful, hearing their thoughts and comments, inviting discussion, and offering summary remarks regarding the mission of the diocese and its parishes, schools and other organizations.
The 2019 Listening Sessions are designed for the bishop to hear the concerns of the engaged parishioners and for them to offer recommendations for future initiatives regarding pastoral care, spiritual care and ministry. Recognizing the importance of the input and empowerment of the laity working in collaboration with pastors, these listening sessions are an opportunity to create constructive partnerships, receive feedback, and formulate next steps to address the effects of the clergy sexual abuse crisis and other matters of concern.
Listening Session Schedule:
Saturday, June 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Gregory the Great Parish Ministry Center, Williamsville
Saturday June 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, St. Leo Site, Niagara Falls*
Thursday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Parish, Buffalo*
Saturday, June 29, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Archbishop Walsh High School, Olean*
Saturday, August 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Ascension Parish, Batavia
Saturday, August 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Nativity of our Lord Parish, Orchard Park*
Saturday August 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, Dunkirk
*Please note date change and the addition of the Buffalo and Orchard Park sessions
Media Guidelines: To respect people's privacy and allow them to speak freely, the Listening Sessions are closed to the media. Rather, there will be a place reserved for the media, should anyone like to speak to them after the Listening Session concludes at 11:30 a.m. An announcement will be made at the onset of the Listening Session advising those gathered of this opportunity.
For more information, please contact Kathy Spangler, Director of Communications, 716.847.8717, firstname.lastname@example.org