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New Buffalo bishop to meet online with area Catholics

New Buffalo bishop to meet online with area Catholics

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Bishop Fisher installation

Bishop Michael Fisher speaks with members of the media following his installation as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo at St. Joseph Cathedral, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. 

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Bishop Michael W. Fisher will meet virtually with Western New York Catholics Saturday morning in an online conversation via Zoom.

The meeting is organized by the Movement to Restore Trust, a group of lay Catholics that formed in 2018 during an unraveling clergy sex abuse scandal in the diocese.

MRT member Dr. Nancy Nielsen will moderate the conversation with Fisher. Attendees will be able to submit questions via the Zoom chat room.

Bishop Michael Fisher introduces himself ahead of his installation Friday, Jan. 15, as the next bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. He says he's grateful to "become a Buffalonian."

The Rev. Bryan Zielenieski, vicar for renewal and development in the diocese, also will participate in a session moderated by Carrie Frank, a member of the diocese’s Road to Renewal Task Force.

Discussion topics include the role of laity in strengthening parish life, revitalizing parishes and bolstering Catholic education and other ministries.

The meeting will run 10 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees must register at

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