It is with mixed feelings that I write to tell you that I will be leaving my position at Catholic Charities USA on February 1, 2015. I have accepted the position of Vice-President for Mission at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
After twenty-three years of working in the Catholic Charities network, I will miss my friends and colleagues deeply. They have become my family. I have lived and breathed the mission of Catholic Charities and will always be committed to the work of charity and justice that it so passionately embodies. I have been privileged to make a contribution and represent this incredible network on the national level. That work will go on, reducing poverty one life at a time.
I am excited to be given the opportunity to join the highly regarded University of St. Thomas and be a part of their amazing mission of educating and forming people for over a century. In several ways it is like coming home. First of all, because I will be returning to the Twin Cities which is my home diocese and where I still have many strong and deep friendships. Secondly, I began my career in education as a teacher in Catholic high schools and now am returning to education in a Catholic university setting. That feels like my career is coming full circle.
The next seven months will be a time of transition. The Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA has launched a national search for a new president. I am confident they will find a person of commitment and vision to take the network to the next level — there is important work to be done and challenges to be met. I look forward to meeting new colleagues at the University of St. Thomas and contributing to the great work they are doing.
These two organizations have overlapping missions. At this exciting time when Pope Francis is calling the church to a renewed sense of mission, I am energized to be at this nexus and see endless possibility. Please keep me in your prayers and together let us continue to work for the common good and opportunity for all to realize their dreams and potential.