The Catholic Faithful, priests, deacons, religious, parish administrators and school leaders of the Diocese of Buffalo have embarked on a journey to reinvigorate Catholic faith, more fully optimize parish and diocesan resources, and increase the impact of our varied ministries throughout Western New York. Much as the disciples rediscovered the Lord – and had their hope renewed – while breaking bread together after walking with him on the long road to Emmaus, we are traveling together, supporting one another, facing our challenges and opportunities together, and seek a renewed spirit of purpose and solidarity, united by our common faith in the One who makes all things new.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the Diocese of Buffalo initiating a major reorganization at this time?
Is this reorganization result of the Chapter 11 process?
Can you say how many parishes or schools will be brought together?
Given that Bishop Scharfenberger is the temporary administrator of the Diocese, why have you undertaken such a bold initiative that could involve major reorganization at this time?
Is there a timeline when decisions about reorganization or consolidations will be announced?
Who will be making decisions about the reorganization of parishes and diocesan functions?
Can you please detail the process for arriving at decisions?
- The process of the Road to Renewal process is aimed at delivering recommendations to Bishop Scharfenberger regarding how parishes can better partner together to share resources, pull together capabilities and ensure greater impact.
- Bishop Scharfenberger has assembled a Diocesan Renewal Task Force (DRTF) to manage the process. Their scope is to review our current realities (mass attendance, parish financials, school attendance and financials, etc.) and to collect input from people throughout the Diocese. The task force is not a decision-making group. All decisions are reserved to the Bishop is his canonical role.
- November 30, 2020 is the date for the delivery of recommendations from the Task Force to the Bishop.
- No actions will be taken before November 30. Bishop Scharfenberger will receive the recommendations and may choose to further consult with additional groups.
- There are no pre-determined conclusions to this process and we seek broad input and candid discussion in order to define options that will ensure a stronger, more sustainable model of Catholic life and ministry in Western New York.