Restoring faith, confidence and trust in the diocese. That's why The Movement to Reform Trust Initiative was put together and Saturday a work shop commenced at Canisius College following a symposium in November.
“It’s about time we started acting like adults in that sense and came forward and say we’re gonna do this," Canisius President, John Hurley, said.
The work shop featured dozens of parishioners who all split into separate groups to tackle numerous topics including financial transparency, roles of women in the church as well as priest formation. One concern parishioners raised was the lack of younger members in the meetings.
“None of us are getting any younger, particularly for some of us that have children that had been raised in the church that have decided to go in another direction we absolutely need the younger generation to be part of these discussions," Organizer, Maureen Hurley, said.
“We’re going to have a special session on young people, teenagers and college students. Listen to what their concerns are because they are the future of the church more than the white hairs are," says Robert Bennett, who's a board member for the Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
The groups will continuously meet individually until February to craft instructive recommendations for the church.