About the Public Policy Committee

The Diocese of Buffalo's Public Policy Committee advises Bishop Richard J. Malone on matters of public policy, communicates and advocates on specific issues that are of importance to the Catholic Church and its teachings, and provides support to parish organizations.

The areas of focus are:

Respect Life
Care for Creation
Catholic Charities
Catholic Schools
Faithful Citizenship
Marriage and Family


Kevin A. Keenan
Committee Chair
Public Policy Representative
Diocese of Buffalo
Keenan Communications Group

Cheryl Calire
Committee Vice-Chair
Director of Pro-Life Activities
Diocese of Buffalo

Steve Cichon
Historian and Author
St. Mark Parish

Sister Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ
Chair, Care for Creation Committee
Diocese of Buffalo

Sally Keppel

Rev. Mr. Michael LaMarca
Transitional Deacon
Diocese of Buffalo

Sister Mary McCarrick
Director, Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Christian Riso
Assistant Superintendent of Government Programs and Special Projects, Department of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Buffalo

Vincent J. Sorrentino
Respect Life Coordinator
Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish, Blasdell

Doris Valentine, MS
Director, Hispanic Migrant Ministry
Diocese of Buffalo

Reverend Robert W. Zilliox, JCL
Advocate, Tribunal
Diocese of Buffalo