Support the Child Victim Act

Please help the survivors of
child sexual abuse in
New York State

PROBLEM: NYS has one of the most regressive statutes of limitation (SOL) in the USA for child sexual abuse. In NYS, if you do not report a childhood sexual abuse by your 23rd birthday, you lose options for legal action to hold your abuser and/or their employer accountable. This situation denies justice to survivors of child sexual abuse since they generally are unable to come to terms with the abuse until much later in life.
SOLUTION: Support NYS Senate bill number 63, Child Victim Act, which lifts the statutes of limitation for one year for civil (not criminal) court action so that survivors whose cases were kept out of court by the short SOL can hold accountable their perpetrator and any employer that helped cover up the crime. It also removes the SOL for both criminal and civil cases of child sex abuse going forward.

The bill has passed the NYS Assembly several times, but has been stuck in the Republican Senate. Currently there are 13 co-sponsors of the bill in the NYS Senate.

ACTION: To pass, the bill needs:

1. Republican (priority) and Democrat co-sponsors
2. The support of the NYS Senate President,
Senator Flanagan
3. The support of Governor Cuomo


President of the NYS Senate, John Flanagan
518-455-2071 or Email:

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Your NYS Senator
Google NYS Senate, enter your address and your NYS Senator will be identified with an email address to express your views. ASK THEM TO CO-SPONSOR S63.


Upstate NY Call To Action

Fall Thruway Tour with Jim Nagle a remarkable success

From Buffalo to Albany Jim Nagle held audiences spellbound as he dramatized the life and thought of Thomas Merton on the occasion of the 100th year of his birth.  CTA members and friends responded enthusiastically to Jim Nagle’s personification of Merton’s early experiences and spiritual growth to a life of contemplation.  postie-mediaJim at the Merton Library Room, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY.

There were over 570 people who shared this experience across Upstate NY.  Pictured above is the Albany event held on Friday evening of the holiday weekend.  At all locations people engaged Jim in conversation long after the presentation. 

Call to Action Presents: Thomas Merton: Alive at Fourth and Walnut

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Join us for this very exciting presentation portraying the life and spiritual journey of Thomas Merton. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Merton’s birth. Upstate NY Call to Action  is most pleased to invite everyone to join us for this one-man, one-act play with actor and playwright James Nagle. See below for locations, dates and times.

Thomas Merton: Alive at Fourth and Walnut

This one person play portrays the life and spiritual journey of Thomas Merton – his youth, conversion, monastic/hermit life and untimely death. We see the struggles, joys and challenges he embraced in becoming the deeply human monk, prophet, poet and spiritual writer God called him to be.

James Nagle

Jim Nagle’s goal in life is to help people realize that they are loved unconditionally by God.  How does he do this?  Mainly through the arts and his life.  This pilgrim and dreamer who hails from Cleveland, Ohio, has celebrated life as a teacher, a poet, a playwright, a story-teller, an actor and a clown (in all 50 states).  He performs Thomas Merton: Alive at Fourth and Walnut: the story of the man-monk who just happened to be a spiritual giant of the twentieth century, and a very human being.

Locations, dates and times:

Sponsored by Western NY CTA
Location: Community Room, Newman Center
University of Buffalo, North Campus
495 Skinnersville Rd.
Amherst, NY 14228

Date: Monday Oct 5, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact: 716-837-8685

Sponsored by: Rochester CTA, The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies, Nazareth College,
Nazareth College Center for Spirituality.
Location: Forum Room, Schults Center
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Date: Tuesday Oct 6, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact: 585-586-3279

Sponsored by Central NY CTA, All Saints Catholic Church, St. Lucy’s Catholic Church,
The Spiritual Renewal Center, Syracuse NY.

Date: Wednesday Oct 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact 585-586-3279

Sponsored by Central NY CTA, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
1049 Chenango St.
Binghamton, NY

Date: Thursday Oct 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact: 607-722-4388

Sponsored by Call to Action of the Capital District
Location: Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, College of St. Rose
959 Madison Ave.
Albany, NY 12203

Date: Friday Oct 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Contact: 518-370-1615


Ordination Celebration at Albany Inclusive Catholic Community 6/27/2015

Ordination of Kathleen Ruth Ryan as Priest and, Kim Panero, Edmund John and Phoebe Joan as deacons

Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, joined members of the Inclusive Catholic Community of the NYS Capital Region to celebrate the ordination of one of their members as priest and three others as deacons.

Read Bridget Mary Meehan’s homily and view more photos at

Witnessing for Women’s Ordination

Western NY CTA members gathered for an Ordination March on Saturday, June 6, in front of the Cathedral as three priests were ordained.

image003 We had eight of us marching outside St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Saturday morning, prior to the ordination Mass. We greeted all comers pleasantly and had a wide gamut of responses – many encouraging remarks, high five’s and thumbs up, but also some negative comments, either saying WO will never happen, or calling us disgraceful, etc.

Overall, I’d say more positive than negative. The fact that one of the ordinands is from Africa produced the most puzzling negative when one woman told us that we were only doing this because a black person was being ordained…. I’m prepared for disagreements with our cause on many fronts – but this one left me very puzzled.

The full entrance procession passed by all of us on the way into the Cathedral. At least one us reported receiving a “Good Morning” from the bishop.

Here’s a link to the story that was in the City section of today’s Buffalo News. In the print edition there is a picture of Lucille carrying some of our signs.

I think it was a good day.

On the same day the Rochester Ordain Women Movement (ROWM) provided a Witness for Women’s Ordination outside the Cathedral in Rochester as Deacons were ordained.


Bishop Salvatore Matano and retired Bishop Matthew Clark presided at the Diaconate ordination this morning. We were there before Mass and after Mass.

I tried photo bombing a photo being taken of the two bishops and four new deacons but was quickly escorted off the steps to the public sidewalk. It created a little excitement.

I exchanged greetings and hugs with quite a few familiar faces ….priests, nuns, deacons, friends who were supportive of us and met some new faces who expressed their thanks for our being there.

We received lots of positives but also some anger and some “in your face” from two women (sad to say). We were called unchristian, no class, go to another church, ruining the day for the deacons,….the usual stuff. After mass a young woman from the neighborhood joined me. It was great to have a young person there.

Save the date:  June 20 for a priest ordination.