Ordination Vigil Buffalo NY

Congratulations to the wonderful group of Call to Action members in Western NY CTA who conducted a vigil for the rights of women in the Catholic Church on Ordination Day in Buffalo last Saturday, 5-28-16.

Click on the arrow in the image below for a musical treat. Be sure your speaker volume is up.

Upstate Thruway Tour: Learn more about the Synod and Amoris Laetitia (‘The Joy of Love’)

Coming soon to Upstate NY CTA! Our Spring 2016 Thruway Tour with Deborah Rose-Milavec, Exec. Dir. of FutureChurch, who traveled to Rome to witness Synod discussions and provide input to the participants.

What Kind of Church Will We Be?  The Synod on the Family and Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love)


  • Rochester: Monday April 25
  • Syracuse: Tuesday April 26
  • Albany: Wednesday April 27
  • Buffalo: Thursday April 28

More info to come.

Meanwhile: from NCR

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


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.



2014 Thruway Tour with Diana Hayes

Upstate NY Call to Action is very proud to present the Spring 2014 Thruway Tour with Diana Hayes

“The Challenge of Renewing the Church: Pope Francis, Vatican II and You.”


Dr. Hayes is a native of Buffalo and received her undergraduate degree from UB. She went on to earn a law degree (JD) from George Washington National Law Center as well as a baccalaureate degree and a licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America. She received a PhD in Religious Studies as well as her STD from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

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The talk is free and open to the public.  A free will offering will be asked.  Contact: 518-370-1615

Thruway Tour Schedule:


Date:  Monday April 28, 2014

Time:  7:00pm

Location:  Newman Center, University of Buffalo,495 Skinnersville Rd. Amherst, NY 14228



Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  Church of the Transfiguration, 50 West Bloomfield Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534



Date:  Tuesday April 29, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Location:  St. Lucy’s Church,  432 Gifford Street, Syracuse, NY 13204-3254



Date:  Thursday May 1, 2014

Time:  7:00pm

Location: Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, College of St. Rose,

959  Madison Ave., Albany, NY, 12206