Contact: Dorothy Kennedy, 508-655-5196
For Immediate Release
BOSTON AREA VOICE OF THE FAITHFUL COUNCIL OPTIMISTIC
AFTER FIRST MEETING WITH CARDINAL SEAN O'MALLEY
Shared Commitment to Catholic Vision Provides Common
Ground To Build Trust.
(BRIGHTON, MA) August 4, 2006 - Officials of the
Archdiocese of Boston and leaders of the Boston Area
Council of Voice of the Faithful met today in a spirit
of openness and mutual respect to share their ideas
for strengthening the Church in Boston, in the
aftermath of the crises that have rocked it in recent
The leaders of the Boston Area Voice of the Faithful
Council believe that today's meeting could be the
beginning of a collaboration around solutions to bring
all Catholics together; hierarchy, clergy, and laity,
in the pursuit of the mission of the church.
"Our common bond is Jesus Christ. Our common work is
the continuation of His mission. With that in mind,
we hope to build a relationship of mutual trust,"
according to Dorothy Kennedy, President of the Boston
Area Voice of the Faithful Council. "We had an honest
exchange of views about issues that concern us."
Archdiocese of Boston attendees were Cardinal Sean
O'Malley, Father Richard Erikson, Vicar General and
Moderator of the Curia, Father Robert Kickham,
Secretary to the Cardinal, and Mr. Terence Donilon,
Director of Communications. Boston Area VOTF Council
participants at the meeting were Dorothy Kennedy,
Sheila Connors Grove, Vice President, Elia Marnik of
VOTF's Protecting Our Children working group, and John
Hynes, founding Chairperson of the Boston Area VOTF