The AFCU welcomes the following persons as faculty for the Trusteeship as Ministry workshop July 11-13, 2013.
Sr. Joanne Schatzlein is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, whose motherhouse is in Milwaukee, WI. She is a native of Minneapolis, MN and entered her congregation in 1961.
She received her BSN in nursing from Marquette University and holds a master's degree in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University. She is currently the director of the Office of Corporate Ministries for her congregation and continues to serve as a staff member for Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs based in Franklin, WI.
Sr. Joanne has led pilgrims to Assisi, Italy, annually since 1991. She has given presentations and retreats in formation programs for the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, the Intercommunity Franciscan Novitiate for women in the Midwest and the OFM Intercommunity Novitiate. She lectures internationally, promoting an understanding of Franciscan history and spirituality in ongoing formation, retreat work and higher education. In addition, she has served as a consultant on various Franciscan planning committees and as an editor for several Franciscan authors.
Her publications include:
She has also had poetry and articles published in Horizon, Christian History, and Journal of Religion in Disability & Rehabilitation.
Fr. John O'Connor, OFM, a native of Brooklyn, NY, has served as Provincial Minister of Holy Name Province since the summer of 2005.
After attending St. Joseph Seminary, Fr. John entered the novitiate in Lafayette, NJ and professed temporary vows in 1968. He continued his education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, earning a bachelor's degree in philosophy and then a master's degree in theology from Washington Theological Union. He made his profession of solemn vows in 1971, and was ordained a priest in 1973.
Fr. John's first assignment was as director of campus ministry at St. Bonaventure from 1973 to 1982. From 1982 to 1990, Fr. John served as guardian and director of formation for Holy Name College. From 1990 to 1991, he was chaplain at Trinity College in Washington, and director of real estate for the Province. Then from 1991 to 2003, Fr. John served as pastor of St. Francis Parish in Triangle, VA. Fr. John was elected a Provincial Counselor in 1996 and reelected in 1999 and 2002. In 2005, Fr. John was elected Provincial Minister, and in 2007 was elected to a two-year term as president of the English-Speaking Conference of OFM Franciscans. He was elected to the board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). In addition, Fr. John was elected chair of the Catholic College Committee of the National Catholic Campus Ministry Association. He has also served as a consultant on campus ministry to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB).
He serves on boards of trustees at St. Bonaventure, Siena College, Washington Theological Union, and St. Francis Friends of the Poor in New York City. Fr. John resides at St. Francis Friary in New York City.
Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, is the 20th president of St. Bonaventure University and board chair of the AFCU.
She obtained her doctorate in theology at Rome’s Franciscan University, the Antonianum, in 1988. She was the first woman to achieve this distinction. This followed master’s degrees in theology at Duquesne University (1984) and Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University (1985).
Her early work included years of secondary education, leading administrative positions in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and her religious order. In addition to these full-time commitments, she lectured extensively in the United States, Ireland, England, the Philippines and Europe. Her graduate teaching career began with an appointment as associate professor of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure in 1997. Two years later she was named dean of the School of Franciscan Studies and director of its internationally recognized Franciscan Institute.
During her term as an academic administrator she helped found the Bonaventure Texts in Translation Series with the leadership of the renowned Zachary Hayes, OFM and established renewed attention to the work of publication of Franciscan master works by the institute’s press.
Together with Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, president of The Franciscan School of Theology, and F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, current director of the Institute, she helped to found the Secretariat for the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, which provides regular consultation for study centers, publishers, and individual scholars of the Franciscan Order.
In 2003, the university's Board of Trustees requested that she accept a temporary position as vice president for Franciscan Mission. Upon completion of her work in that post, she was named president and took office in October 2004.
During her term she has been responsible for major initiatives in academic assessment, new construction and renovations totaling more than $25 million dollars, and the successful completion of a capital campaign that totaled $95 million—the largest in campus history. Her presidency has focused on the centrality of the Franciscan mission and her university’s role as a leading international resource for the Franciscan order, the importance of improving trust and integrity in relationships of all sectors of the campus community, and the transformation to a learner-centered pedagogy and the maturation of a surge of service-learning activities that has taken place thanks to participation in the Lilly Foundation’s Theological Exploration of Vocation initiative.
In addition to the AFCU, her memberships and professional service include the Presidents’ Council of the Atlantic 10, board chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities,; a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education, and a faculty member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidential Vocation retreats.
Vincent O. Hanley, a partner with the Buffalo, New York law firm Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, practices in the firm's Business & Corporate, Real Estate, and Financial Services practice groups. The firm represents a number of colleges and universities in corporate governance, intellectual property, development/planned giving, labor and employment law, employee benefits, FERPA, Title IX, student discipline and accommodation, student housing, financing, construction projects, and real estate matters.
Mr. Hanley is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys ("NACUA"), and a significant portion of Mr. Hanley's practice focuses on institutions of higher education and other nonprofit institutions. For these clients he provides advice on good governance practices, the legal powers and responsibilities of trustees and directors, religious sponsorship, and a variety of other legal issues. Mr. Hanley also represents owners, developers, lenders, and borrowers in sophisticated real estate transactions, leasing, easements, construction projects, real property tax matters, land use and zoning litigation, mortgage foreclosures, and other real estate-related litigation.
Mr. Hanley served on the Board of Trustees of Hilbert College from 2003 through 2012 and chaired the Board from 2007 through 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Health System's Continuing Care Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society for Buffalo and Western New York, and is a member of the St. Thomas More Guild, an organization for lawyers in the Diocese of Buffalo, New York. He was listed by Business First in its 2008 edition of Who's Who in Law, and is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America (under the categories of Real Estate Law, Litigation-Real Estate, and Land-Use & Zoning Law, and Litigation-Land-Use & Zoning), and by New York Super Lawyers (under Construction, Real Estate & Environmental Law).
Mr. Hanley is a contributing author for the Practical Law Company, an international on-line publisher of legal resources. He has served as a guest lecturer for the University at Buffalo School of Management, the New York State Bar Association, Lorman Educational Services, and various business groups on a broad range of topics.
Cynthia A. Zane assumed office as Hilbert College’s president in July 2006 and is serving as the institution’s third president since its founding in 1957.
A native of Johnstown, Pa., Zane has had a broad career in higher education. She previously was chief academic officer and dean of the faculty at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. Prior to this, she spent 10 years (1991-2001) at the University of Detroit Mercy where she was dean of the McAuley School of Nursing and also the College of Health Professions, an area for which she was previously associate dean.
While at her alma mater, Saint Xavier College in Chicago, Zane was on the School of Nursing faculty (1979-91) and was later named assistant dean of continuing studies and director of the institution’s weekend college (1988-91).
Zane is currently serving on the boards of the Association of Franciscan College and Universities, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), Conference for Mercy Higher Education, Catholic Health System where she chairs the Acute Care Board, and NY State Regents Advisory Council. With respect to the Western New York Higher Education Consortium, she serves as a Board member and has led the development of a Women’s Leadership Institute to prepare women for senior executive positions in higher education.
She earned a doctorate in education from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in nursing from Rush University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Xavier University.
Zane is married to Stephen Mazurak, is the proud mother of three grown sons and has two grandsons.
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Foundation, Philanthropic and Educational Affiliations:
Board of Directors YMCA
Board of Directors Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
Board of Directors Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Board of Directors United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Board of Directors Board of Catholic Education
Board of Directors Gilda’s Club
Women’s BOD Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Day of Caring Chair United Way Day of Caring 2002
Corporate Appeal Team Catholic Charities
Fundraising Volunteer Hospice Signature Society
Fundraising Volunteer Villa Maria, Roswell Park, American Cancer Society
Fundraising Volunteer American Heart Association, St. Gregory the Great Parish
Fundraising Volunteer National Conference of Community & Justice (NCCJ) and St. Bonaventure University
Civic and Social Affiliations:
Past President Women’s Board of Directors, Park Country Club of Buffalo
Treasurer Buffalo/Niagara Community Tennis Association
Treasurer USTA Buffalo Tennis League
Honors and Awards
1996 Lady of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
1999 Lady Commander of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
2000 Barnabite Fathers Honoree
2001 National Philanthropy Day Distinguished Honoree
2002 Christ the King Seminary Cure of Ars Award
2003 The National Conference for Community and Justice-Community Leaders Honoree
2012 Hilbert College President’s Medal
Involvement on Hilbert Board:
Board member since 2004
Sister Suzanne M. Kush is a Felician Sister. She is a native of Buffalo, New York.
She received a BA in History from Canisius College and holds a MA in Religious Studies from Aquinas College; MA in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University. Currently she is the Director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University and adjunct faculty member. She also serves as a staff member for Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs.
Previously she has served as a Formator for her Congregation and has been a faculty member at two Congregational institutions of higher learning. Presently she serves on the Board of Trustees of Villa Maria College, Buffalo, New York.
"Attending this workshop is a wonderful opportunity to enter into relationship with other religious board members, gain some insight into particular responsibilities, and recognize the importance of empowering lay men and women who share a passion for sponsored ministries." Sr. Joanne Schatzlein, OSF
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