Lisa Burns

VII Texas

I am a skilled listener and clear communicator and very familiar with the intricacies of Title IV after spending years as the President of the Disciplinary Board for the Diocese of Texas and now as the diocesan Canon for Wellness and Care whose responsibilities include serving as a Title IV Intake Officer, teaching Title IV to new clergy and clergy-to-be, and helping to train canonical advisors and new members of the Disciplinary Board . My legal background facilitates my ability to interpret and apply the canons, and my years as a parish priest taught me the pressure and temptations of ministry and the dynamics and ambiguities that can lead to Title IV complaints. I am equally committed to holding members of the clergy accountable for their behavior and to treating all parties in Title IV proceedings with respect and compassion, recognizing our common need for grace and forgiveness.