At Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo, we are here to provide people with compassionate social services in the manner of Jesus Christ, to advocate for justice, and to cultivate caring communities in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. We envision respect for human dignity and ever-increasing stability and independence for individuals, families, and communities we serve.
Our Organizational purposes form the acrostic "PEOPLE."
Provide service with the highest standard of care;
Empower those who are weak or marginalized;
Offer compassionate care;
Promote respect for the sanctity of human life;
Link with other people, ministries, and organizations in collaborative efforts; and
Educate the community and advocate for systemic change.
Pope Francis has provided the world with a challenge to erase the “throwaway culture”. As our society continues to bombard us with varying forms of violence and trauma, we are all called to be leaders. We are called not only to compassion and awareness but also to increase our responsiveness to these issues, to serve our brother and sister in need. It's an overwhelming call, but together, it is one we can respond to.
THE MISSION IS POSSIBLE
Please take the opportunity to join us in learning about our “Mission in Action” at Catholic Charities. Check out our Mission Possible Tours (with dates and information from this site). Consider joining us as a member of the Mission Possible Force!
“Our poor and marginalized people are great people, a very lovable people, they don't need our pity and sympathy. They need our understanding love and they need our respect. We need to tell them that they are somebody to us that they, too, have been created, by the same loving hand of God, to love and be loved.”
God’s Blessings to each of you and thank you for all you do to make our Mission Possible!
Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo
President/CEO: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo Kalamazoo, MI October 2015-present
Director: Catholic Charities Residential and Day Services St. Cloud, MN June 2010–October 2015.
Program Manager: Catholic Charities Children Intensive Outpatient Services Day Programs St. Cloud, MN 2003-2010
Program Supervisor: St. Cloud Children’s Home Residential Treatment Cente St. Cloud, MN 1986-2003
1981 - Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321
2008 - Master of Arts Degree in Non Profit Management, Regis University, Denver, CO 80221-1099