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VOTF BOSTON AREA WELCOMES THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW BISHOPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Anne Southwood, chair of BACVOTF, 617-872-5937 or Jessica Lillie Ciccone, National PR Director, 781-559-3360

VOTF BOSTON AREA WELCOMES THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW BISHOPS

Boston – June 30, 2010- Voice of the Faithful Boston adds our warmest congratulations to the two new Auxiliary Bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston. “We believe a thoughtful decision was made in selected Bishops-elect Arthur Kennedy and Peter Uglietto,” says Anne Southwood, chair of the Boston Area Voice of the Faithful. “They both have strong community ties and show a strong sense of spirituality and leadership. Their support for lay ministry is especially meaningful to me as we enter the fluid 21st century,” she adds.

In the recent months, Voice of the Faithful National has been exploring ways to garner lay voices in the selection of bishops, hoping this would bring about greater accountability and transparency. “It is our hope and prayer that these new bishops will be a source of healing and service to the local church of Boston,” says Nick Mazza, Voice of the Faithful National Secretary and co-chair of the Universal Church Reform team. “In the same manner we look to the local church to further the cause of healing by involving the laity to participate to a wider degree in the selection of future bishops in the local church.”

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Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) is a lay organization formed in 2002 in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The goals of the organization are to support survivors, support priests of integrity, and work towards structural change in the Church.
The organization was started in the basement of a church in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and has since expanded worldwide with 30,000 members and affiliates across the country and abroad. For more information about VOTF please visit www.votf.org or email Jessica at votfpr@votf.org or call 781-552-3360.