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We are happy to share this update on our “Road to Renewal” initiative to keep everyone informed on the steps that are being taken to reinvigorate the Catholic faith in our Diocese. While we are certainly living in very challenging times, this is an opportunity, needed now more than ever, to strengthen our faith and to promote a culture of co-responsibility among clergy and laity in carrying out the work of evangelization, education, and service.

 

May 12, 2022 Update

Pastors, parish renewal representatives, and parish staff members, thank you for your commitment to encouraging your parishioners to take part in the Disciple Maker Index Survey and for your assistance in supporting the Called for More program as a part of the Diocese of Buffalo’s Road to Renewal. We had a good survey response across the diocese with almost 18,000 survey responses

Each parish’s survey results will be available soon! In preparation for this, we are offering the opportunity for priests and parish leaders to understand how to best use the results that have been generated. We will be hosting a series of three webinars designed to learn how to access survey results and add other parish leaders to the portal, understand and share the data, identify action steps, and move forward with this new information.

There are 3 different webinars for you to attend. Each webinar will be offered 3 times:

·        Webinar #1:  Accessing Your Results (select only one option)

  • Option 1 – Tue, May 17, 2022      10:00-11:30am – Register here
  • Option 2 – Tue, May 17, 2022      7:00-8:30pm – Register here
  • Option 3 – Thu, May 19, 2022      1:00-2:30pm – Register here

·        Webinar #2:  Common Challenges and Opportunities (select only one option)

  • Option 1 – Tue, Jun 14, 2022        10:00-11:30am – Register here
  • Option 2 – Tue, Jun 14, 2022        7:00-8:30pm – Register here
  • Option 3 – Thu, Jun 16, 2022        1:00-2:30pm – Register here

·        Webinar #3:  Discerning Actions to Move Forward (select only one option)

  • Option 1 – Tue, Jul 12, 2022         10:00-11:30am – Register here
  • Option 2 – Tue, Jul 12, 2022         7:00-8:30pm – Register here
  • Option 3 – Thu, Jul 14, 2022         1:00-2:30pm – Register here

 



May 10, 2022 Update

Clergy Portal has been added to the Renewal site for the Families of Parishes. 

To watch additional update videos please go to the Renewal playlist on Youtube.

Renewal training committee meet in prayer; prepare for ‘Life in Eucharist’ program

Led by Sister Joanne Suranni, CSSF, and coordinated by Theodore Musco, the event saw the training committee come together in prayer, much like the Families of Parishes will do when
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Progress in Key Areas

Since our first round of Renewal Gathering for Parish Lay Leaders in December 2021, we’ve been moving along the Road to Renewal, attending to the pastoral guideposts of mission, evangelization
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The Transitional leaders named in pilot families

With the activation of the 26 parishes in the pilot stage of the Road to Renewal, transitional leaders were named on Jan. 19 as the pilot families were activated. The
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Road to Renewal team hosts encounters

“Encounter and Accompaniment” was the theme of three meetings that the Road to Renewal team held this past November and December. Over 350 parish ministry leaders and others, including priests, deacons, youth and young leaders, faith formation directors and coordinators, and school principals, received an overview of the Renewal process by Father Bryan Zielenieski; Deacon Greg Moran; and myself, Ted Musco, director of Renewal Mission, Evangelization and Formation, who moderated the sessions.
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Families of Parishes are now finalized

After a year in the consultative process, the Diocese of Buffalo’s Families of Parishes are now finalized. A total of 36 families will be formed by the current 161 parishes
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group of multiethnic people gathering around female speaker in studio

Young Catholics gather for listening session

The pace on the Road to Renewal within the Diocese of Buffalo accelerates following the review of draft parish families by the Diocesan Pastoral Council on Oct. 30. Of the
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Update for June 29, 2021:

Article in the Buffalo News. 



Road to Renewal Update for March 22, 2021:

Father Bryan Zielenieski, pastor of St. Mary in Swormville, has been chosen to lead the diocesan Road to Renewal initiative. 

Bishop Michael Fisher has announced the appointment of Father Bryan Zielenieski as episcopal vicar for Renewal and Development. In this newly created role, Father Zielenieski will work with a small team to oversee the coordination of the Road to Renewal planning process that includes consultation, education and promotion of the renewal initiative among diocesan offices, parishes, schools and ministries.

Read the full article here.