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Reconfiguration and parish closings to be topic

What can Catholic parishioners do to change this Policy?

On Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. a meeting will be held at the Bishop Harrison Faith Center, 1342 Lancaster Ave. open to all Catholics in the Diocese of Syracuse.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop a plan to request that Bishop Robert Cunningham halt and reevaluate the "Reconfiguration of Parishes" process and instead work together with the people of the Diocese to create a new vision for our future.

Peter Borre, chair of the Boston based Council of Parishes, is the guest speaker. Go to councilofparishes.org to read more about him. The Council of Parishes has been successful in motivating and organizing the laity resulting in significant change in the reconfiguration process in the Boston Archdiocese.

Borre will share what worked and what didn't in the Boston Archdiocese.

Agenda:

8:30 a.m. - Registration

9 - Welcome and Agenda Review

9:15 to 10:15 - Sharing concerns from parishes that have been affected by the reconfiguration process

10:15 - Break

10:30 - 11:30 - Presentation by Peter Borre, Chair of the Boston based Council of Churches

Followed by Q & A.

11:30 - Break

11:45 to 1 p.m. - Strategy Session and Wrap Up

Background on Borre

Peter Borre, married with three children, is a Catholic - educated, multilingual Harvard

graduate with a M.B.A from John Hopkins. He has been active in the energy industry

throughout his business career both in the private and public sector.

He received numerous awards, including a citation from the President of the United States and decorations for meritorious service. He served in the U.S. Navy as a

commissioned officer.

This event is sponsored by parishioners from 12 parishes in the Diocese of Syracuse. For more information regarding the meeting on June 20 contact John Murray, 478-4403,

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