Trustees serve terms of three years, and may serve for two consecutive three-year terms. A total of 11 trustees may be appointed and elected.
Some seats are reserved for specific functions. Thus, the current President and immediate Past President of VOTF fill two positions.
Bylaws (as amended March 2012)
- Mary Pat Fox, Chair
- Patricia T. Gomez
- Philip W. Megna
- Larry Mulligan
- Margaret Roylance
- Michael W. Ryan
- Anne Southwood
Without a doubt, the defining moment of my life was my marriage to Laurine on September 11, 1965, and my proudest achievements are our four children: Laurine, Rebecca, Rachel, and Daniel Philip. Our legacy is our 10 grandchildren, who were also the principal motivating factors in my becoming involved with VOTF in 2002. I am convinced that our Church must be one which inspires and engages our children and grandchildren. That it must be defined by what it stands for rather than by what it stands against, by who it includes rather than by who it excludes.
Since becoming involved with VOTF in 2002, I have co-chaired with Pat Paone five Long Island-VOTF Conventions and one National VOTF Convention. In 2003, I also organized a survey to gauge the reaction of the people of Long Island to the abuse scandal and cover up. In 2006, I was elected co-chair of LI-VOTF, a position I held until 2009.
I believe that my degrees in Organizational Theory, Law, and Theology have prepared me to be an active participant in the reform movement in our Church and that my seven years of military service and 30-plus years as an attorney and businessman give me credibility.
Education: BBA – Manhattan College; MBA – Florida State University; J.D. – St. John’s University; MA, Theology – Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (back to top)
Margaret Roylance was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived in Massachusetts for more than 40 years. She graduated from the University of Utah and received a Masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institue of Technology.
Margaret is married and is the mother of five children: three sons and two daughters. She is a member of Our Lady Help of Christian’s Parish in Newton MA where she is currently a member of the Baptism Ministry, a member of the Parish Child Abuse Prevention Team and a Eucharistc Minister.
She has been a member of Voice of the Faithful since 2002 and served as a facilitator of the Structural Change Working Group, which was established by VOTF in July 2002. Their task was to define what VOTF meant by Structural Change and how we planned to approach our Goal Three: to shape structural change within the Church. At the end of a six month process VOTF declared that, while we respect the teaching authority of the Church and recognize the role the hierarchy should exercise in discernment, all the people of God should be involved in this process. VOTF would therefore devote ourselves to advancing meaningful and active engagement of the laity in the life of the Church.
Since that time, Margaret has worked to support all three goals of VOTF, with a particular focus on encouraging lay engagement at the parish level. (back to top)
Michael is a retired federal law enforcement official experienced in the conduct of financial audits and security investigations. Following his retirement, he became interested in Church security and developed comprehensive procedures which, when properly implemented and monitored, virtually guarantee that every dollar placed in the collection basket on Saturday evening or Sunday morning is, in fact, deposited in the parish bank account. (Those procedures and more can be downloaded free of charge at his website.)
Michael has published several articles on the subject of church security and Sunday collection embezzlement, and he is the author of Nonfeasance (2011), which addresses the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ failure to protect financial collections conference-wide. (back to top)
Lawrence P. Mulligan
A member of VOTF since 2003, Larry was elected to the Board in 2013. He also volunteers his work to the Heartside Ministry, the St. Mary's Heartside Health Center, and God's Kitchen.
Larry is an attorney specializing in pro bono matters after four decades of practice in the field of civil litigation including, particularly, property damage and insurance coverage cases. He continues to provide occasional assistance in these areas of expertise to other attorneys in the firm.
Larry graduated from the University of Notre Dame and obtained his L.L.B. ftom the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the Michigan state bar in 1968 and to the U.S. District Court in Western Michigan, the U.S. District Court in Eastern Michigan, and the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Married to his college sweetheart Paula for 45 years (until her death), Larry is a father and grandfather who regularly rides the grandparent circuit from Michigan to Illinois to Pennsylvania to D.C. (back to top)
Anne was raised in Stonington, Connecticut. Her adult life has been centered in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston College/Newton College of the Sacred Heart, AB economics. After marriage an exciting opportunity in the forming of the first Cape Cod regional planning agency led to a change from teaching core curriculum social studies to working in the field of planning and eventually taking the lead in creation of a high quality neighborhood development.
Anne was elected to the 5-year seat on the Duxbury Planning Board and subsequently appointed representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission. The experience of pulling people in to work together was a help in working in VOTF Church renewal since 2002. She is now into the second term as VOTF treasurer and Trustee and also Chair of the Board of Trustees Nominations Committee. She has been active in Executive Director search committees and has been a VOTF convention workshop facilitator.
Anne is a stalwart of her church choir and has been involved with "God’s kitchen" work, beginning with volunteer work in the Dorothy Day kitchen in her younger days. Early VOTF work facilitating VOR and as Chair of Boston VOTF was a "quantum leap" in Church involvement. She is quick to say that the people encountered in VOTF reform work are a real treat and worth the leap.
Now the Nana of a kindergarten-age child, she looks through a deeper lens at the need for inclusive and strong involvement in our Church governance and guidance. She is alert to any voice calling for Catholic nourishment, sifting thought through that lens broadened by life experience. From the institutional level to the parish and the first communion child, education and nourishment are needed now more than ever....one Catholic at a time, one step at a time. We can never be static. (back to top)
Pat is a member of Holy Family Parish in Concord MA. Originally from Wisconsin, she has lived in Colombia, S.A., New Orleans, New Jersey, and in Massachusetts for the past 17 years. Pat has served many faith communities on parish councils and planning teams and by teaching every level of religious education from pre-school to adult. At Holy Family, she currently teaches Baptism preparation classes, sings in the choir, and serves as Eucharistic minister. She also makes pastoral visits to patients at a local hospital.
Pat was co-founder of the Concord MA Area VOTF affiliate and served as affiliate leader for five years. The Concord MA group was the first affiliate to formally gather after the founding of VOTF in March of 2002. Passionately believing that raising awareness and education are key components to abuse prevention, Pat joined the Protecting Our Children working group in 2004. She continues to promote parish safe environment programs to ensure the protection of all vulnerable populations in our communities.
Pat holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Boston University and a masters in counseling psychology from Boston College, where she has also completed coursework in pastoral ministry. Strongly supporting the mission and goals of VOTF, Pat continues working to energize VOTF membership through local and diocesan actions.