Have you ever wondered how Peter felt when Jesus called him away from everything he knew and was asked to follow Him? Or when our Lord summoned Matthew to a new way of life and entered his house?
Most of the staff at Catholic Charities have experienced this calling in one way or another. Since you’re taking the time to read this article, you probably have also experienced the call to make a difference for others.
For me it started with weekly Mass and Catholic grade school in a small Rhode Island town. The journey leading me to become the next President and CEO of Catholic Charities wasn’t always on a straight path, yet in hindsight I see God’s guiding hand at every turn.
I went to college in Massachusetts at Holy Cross to become a CPA, where we attended weekly Mass every Sunday night. I then went on to study finance and information systems at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, which led me into the world of management consulting and technology startups. During this period my faith remained strong, but I was not yet ready to answer the call. That started to change in the mid-2000’s when three activities put me on an accelerated path to today: (1) sponsoring my wife Julia’s conversion through the RCIA program and rediscovering the richness of our faith; (2) accepting the president position at OppenheimerFunds Services and embracing a servant-leadership style; and (3) joining the Denver Legatus chapter, where members are encouraged to study, live and spread the Catholic faith in our business, professional and personal lives. Shortly thereafter I knew that my calling was to do something more significant for Christ’s Church.
This all prepared me to enthusiastically accept the chief operating officer role at the Augustine Institute, whose mission is to help Catholics understand, live, and share their faith. During this time, I also served on the parish council at Most Precious Blood Parish and as the current chairman of the board at Arrupe Jesuit High School.
When the opportunity to serve Catholic Charities arose, I knew that God had been preparing me for something like this my entire life. Julia, my wife of 21 years, and I are delighted by this new challenge and grateful for the opportunity. When the announcement was made in July, I said, “Catholic Charities of Denver has a stellar reputation around the country for being exceptional and innovative in serving the poor and those in need.” Answering the call is also what the many talented staffers and volunteers of Catholic Charities are doing every day. In order to continue their very rewarding work, they need our prayers and our support.
If you are feeling the desire to pursue or explore a calling with one of our seven ministries, I encourage you to get to know Catholic Charities and its people by calling 303-742-0828 to schedule a tour at one of our many facilities in northern Colorado. As you begin to experience Catholic Charities, I believe that you’ll want to become more involved (if you’re not already) either as a volunteer, a donor, or a prayer warrior. Why? Because our mission at Catholic Charities is a direct result of Christ’s call to follow Him.
We see opportunities all around us to serve and be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Our work continues. I pray that you are inspired while reading through this edition of Charity Works.