Friday, July 15, 2011

Welcome to Catholic Charities, Father John!

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Today, Rev. Msgr. John J. Enzler "officially" started as our next President and CEO. I say "officially" because there have been many Father John (he told us already that his friends call him Father John) sightings for the past month here at Catholic Charities as he has been preparing to take over the job. With 77 programs serving more than 100,000 men, women and children annually, there is no shortage of required reading and plenty of great staff to meet.

We're jubilant to welcome him. I wanted to pass on this note he's shared as he begins his new job:

Dear Friends,  

It is with great joy that I greet you for the first time in my new role as President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.  For many years, I have admired the tireless and never-ending Catholic Charities and its supporters carry out in service to our neighbors and families who simply need some help.

Each day, the staff and thousands of supporters of Catholic Charities answer prayers and introduce real and enduring hope into many lives. I am honored to be part of this organization.

I come from a large family. I was one of 13 children raised with the belief that you help out a neighbor in need, no matter what. I remember my father taking us to Mass every weekend and often stopping to help someone – even giving away his coat in the middle of winter. He simply could not look past the need he saw before him and this left an indelible impression on me.

I recognize this same spirit of compassion and sacrifice here at Catholic Charities. It is the same love Jesus Christ lived out in his own ministry. Our greatest strength is our abundance of generosity in how we give of our time and talents.

Each year, Catholic Charities in partnership with the community has served well over 100,000 men, women and children in many ways – some in very substantial measures and others in critical small steps. Every time we answer the phone or meet with a client or provide a bag of food, together we are the face and hands of Jesus in our community.

I’m committed to raising the resources we need to succeed and I will do whatever I can to ensure our doors are open and we are ready to help our neighbors succeed. I cannot thank outgoing President Ed Orzechowski enough or give him enough credit for the agency he has helped build over more than 20 years of leadership. I ask for your prayers that I can live up to his example.

So I begin this stage of my ministry full of gratitude for the incredible work you have carried out as part of an 80 year history of service here in the Archdiocese. I look forward to digging into the work, to meeting the people we serve and lending my abilities to this incredible response to Christ’s call to serve.

May God bless you,

Father John

Say a note of welcome to Father John on our Facebook page! And stay tuned for more news as we keep moving forward to provide help that empowers and hope that lasts.