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“The Movement to Restore Trust” in the Diocese of Buffalo

“The Movement to Restore Trust,” the formal name of the initiative founded by nine Catholic lay people in the Diocese of Buffalo, announced details for a Wednesday, November 28 symposium at Canisius College and a follow-up workshop at the college on Saturday, December 8.

The symposium, entitled “Restoring Trust: A Path Forward for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo,” will feature the following panelists in a discussion to be moderated by Canisius College President John J. Hurley:

  • Kerry Robinson, the founding executive director and global ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable, an organization that promotes best practices and accountability regarding management issues in the U.S. Catholic Church


  • Matt Malone, SJ, editor-in-chief of America magazine, the Jesuit review of faith and culture


  • Robert Zilliox, pastor of St. Mary’s of Swormsville parish in East Amherst, a canon lawyer and former canonical adviser to Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. Father Zilliox is a sex abuse survivor who was featured on the 60 Minutes report on the Buffalo Diocese in October 2018.


The symposium, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the college’s Montante Cultural Center, is described as a respectful dialogue on what has been done and must now be done to protect the vulnerable, hold leaders accountable, and begin to reform, renew and heal the Church in Buffalo. It will feature a moderated discussion among the four panelists with opportunity for questions from the audience.  The symposium is sponsored by “The Movement to Restore Trust,” which is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Diocese of Buffalo. The event is open to the public but seating is limited. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Overflow seating with a live stream of the symposium will also be available in the college’s Winter Student Center on Hughes Avenue for those who want to participate in the question and answer session. The event will also be live streamed through the college’s website.

“This is an exceptional group of panelists who have much to offer on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church and the role laity can play in bringing about justice for sex abuse survivors and healing for a Church scarred by scandal,” said Hurley. “Our panelists bring both a national and local perspective to the issues. We look forward to having Canisius serve as a gathering place for Catholics in the diocese – both lay and ordained – as we seek to listen, learn and discern next steps in our path forward.”

“The Movement to Restore Trust” also announced a follow-up workshop at Canisius to be held Saturday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Science Hall. Attendees will be asked to participate in opening sessions involving specific concerns arising out of the sex abuse scandal and to form work groups to develop concrete proposals for reform.

“We felt that it was imperative to have some immediate follow-up from the Wednesday, November 28 symposium so that Catholics are assured that this is an initiative committed to action and real reform,” said Hurley.

Submitted by: College Communications 

Fifth United Way Winner Announced

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Congratulations to the fifth United Way basket winner, Mike Hayes, director of Campus Ministry.

The United Way committee will feature one last basket raffle on Friday, November 16. When you donate to the 2018 campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the baskets listed below.

The remaining prize basket includes:

ROTC donation: Cooler, draw-string backpack, pad-folio, coffee mug, tumbler, water bottle and t-shirt

The Canisius United Way Campaign has been extended and will run through Monday, November 19.  You can access the donation button on your MyCanisius portal page. Your pledge does not carry over from last year, so please take the following steps to make your pledge:

    2. Click [Forgot User ID or Password?]
    3. Enter Work Email
    4. Enter Verification Code
    5. Click [Email My Information]
    6. Check your Work Email inbox for an email from
    7. Click the reset password e-Pledge link in the email (will expire within 24 hours)
    8. Create a new password and click [Save]
    9. Click the [Continue] button

If you have any questions about the process of making your e-pledge, please contact one of the following members of the United Way Committee: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance (Ext. 2244); Mary Braun, human resources assistant (Ext. 2240); Maggie Burkard, academic affairs support manager (Ext. 2120); Emily McGorry, executive assistant, Academic Affairs (Ext. 2121); and Sharon Federico, assistant to the vice presidents, Student Affairs and Business & Finance (Ext. 2130.)

Submitted by: Mary Braun, assistant, Human Resources

International Education Week

Join the Office of International Student Programs for International Education Week (IEW), which runs until Friday, November 16. Sponsored nationally by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of this week-long celebration is to recognize the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The Office of International Student Programs is sponsoring celebrations all week long through collaboration with various student clubs and departments. Each day, a lunch will be offered in the Dining Hall that will spotlight a cuisine from a home country of one of Canisius’ international students.

View the attached flyer and share these events with your students. If you have any questions about the events or International Education Week, contact the Office of International Student Programs by Email at or by calling Ext. 2784. We hope to see you this week!

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, director, Office of International Student Programs

Fall Three-Day Bookstore Sale


The Bookstore is hosting its biggest sale of the season today, November 14 through tomorrow, November 15. Sales include 25 percent off all men’s and women’s regularly-priced outerwear including sweatshirts and sweatpants and 25 percent off all regularly-priced, long-sleeved tees and cold weather accessories. Additionally, all emblematic drinkware is 25 percent off. Stop in a get your holiday shopping done early this year!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, store manager, Bookstore

“Walking on the Wild Side: Field Work, Exploration and Growth in South Africa”

Please join the College of Arts and Sciences to communally celebrate the work of one of our faculty members, Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and professor of ABEC and biology, at the next Colloquia presentation and wine and cheese reception. Margulis will present “Walking on the Wild Side: Field Work, Exploration and Growth in South Africa” on Thursday, November 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Every student studying animal behavior dreams of visiting Africa, of being Jane Goodall and of living with and learning about wildlife. The reality of field work is often quite different from these idealized expectations. These trips introduce students to various methods and techniques for studying wildlife and expose them to a more global perspective on conservation. The impact of this trip on students’ personal growth and professional development and the research opportunities it can afford are substantial (and well-worth the 15-hour flight).

All are welcome!

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to the dean, College of Arts & Sciences