Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will attend his first public event on behalf of the Diocese of Buffalo at Canisius College on Saturday. (Mary DeTurris Poust photo)
Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will attend his first public event on behalf of the Diocese of Buffalo at Canisius College on Saturday. (Mary DeTurris Poust photo)

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Bishop of the Diocese of Albany and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, is scheduled to attend the Movement to Restore Trust (MRT) symposium at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center, on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9-11 a.m..

Appointed to lead the Buffalo Diocese on Dec. 4 by Pope Francis, Bishop Scharfenberger will deliver the opening remarks.

“This will be my first public event in the Diocese of Buffalo, and I want to use it as an opportunity to listen,” Bishop Scharfenberger said. “I want to hear from abuse victims, the laity, priests, deacons and religious as I begin my ministry in Buffalo.”

The “MRT Path Forward Symposium” will provide an opportunity for a facilitated conversation on two key topics:

1. What desired qualities the laity would like to see in the next bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo.

2. How parishes might discuss and develop a reform agenda at the parish level.

MRT was formed one year ago in the wake of the clergy abuse crisis. The first symposium, held in November 2018, inspired a dialogue on what has been done and must be done to protect the vulnerable, hold Church leaders accountable, and begin to reform, renew, and heal the Church in the Diocese of Buffalo.

The symposium will be streamed live on the MRT website: https://movementtorestoretrust.org/