Keep the Faith, Change the Church.

Kevin Connors Candidate Statement

I am a life long Catholic with 16 years of Catholic school education, and an active supporter of VOTF, its Mission and Identity statements, and its three goals. If elected I look forward to serving a full two year term as Treasurer.

I am a member of St. James parish, Seaford, LI New York for the past 46 years where I participated as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Stewardship Committee (Chair), Catholic Youth Board (Chair), Pastoral Council member, and religious education teacher.

Dan Bartley Candidate Statement

Dear friends,

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of Voice of The Faithful for the past two years.

When I ran for office in 2008, I promised to focus on four primary areas: empowerment, collaboration, partnership and growth. Additionally, if elected, I promised to foster a servant leadership model throughout the organization that encouraged all of us to ask ourselves: “How can I help?”

Press Release - VOTF Statement on Bishop Murray Resignation

Contact: Jessica Lillie, PR Director, votfpr@votf.org, (781) 559-3360, (314) 749-5188 cell
For Immediate Release

December 17, 2009– Boston –The resignation of Bishop Donal Murray in Ireland is one of the few times a bishop has stepped down after failing to protect children from sex abuse by priests in the Catholic Church. We believe that such accountability is required of any bishops, in Ireland and elsewhere, who have failed in their responsibilities as pastors and leaders of our Church.

Focus - December 16, 2009

A Cardinal’s response to scandal….
A collection of letters to the editor was published in the New York Times in reaction to the released testimony of Cardinal Egan when he was bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut. The testimony, released earlier this month as part of the 12,000 pages of court documents detailing 23 lawsuits in the Diocese of Bridgeport, highlights Cardinal Egan’s failure to act quickly, if at all, to protect children in his diocese.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/opinion/l14egan.html

Focus - November 18, 2009

VOTF conference looks to future…
Voice of the Faithful members were energized by the 2009 National Conference on Long Island, where VOTF President Dan Bartley encouraged attendees to “model the church we want to see.” National Catholic Reporter covered the conference:
http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/voice-faithful-hoping-begin-anew

Click here  to view some of the clips from the weekend.

Light a Candle This 4th Sunday of Advent

The Voice of Renewal/Lay Education National Working Group invites members of VOTF to join together in a “rolling” Advent candle lighting with a noon prayer modeled after the original VOTF noon prayer. Light your candle @ noon (whatever your time zone) on December 20—the fourth and last Sunday in Advent—then join us in saying this prayer:

Jesus, Lord and Brother, help us with our faithfulness. Please hear our voice, and let our voice be heard as we prepare for the celebration of your birth. Amen.

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