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new Director of our General Administration’s International Bureau of Solidarity (BIS)

20/10/2008: General House

Dear Brothers, please join me in welcoming Brother Richard Carey, FMS, from the Province of the United States, as the new Director of our General Administration’s International Bureau of Solidarity effective 1st November 2009. I am grateful personally to Rick for his generosity in accepting this mandate as well as to Brother John Klein, Provincial, and the members of the Province for their willingness to release him for this important work.

Rick brings considerable skill and experience to his new responsibilities. First of all, he has been involved in administration and supervision for almost two decades now, serving as Chief Administrator of one school and later as President of another. Both institutions were large in size and diverse in their needs.

In his role as President he oversaw with skill and creativity a capital fund raising campaign. As a result, the nature and quality of the services offered by this school were expanded greatly and its ability to accommodate more students from families with limited means increased. Rick’s personal commitments to gospel principles of solidarity have helped him to present clearly and convincingly the mission and purpose of the institutions for which he had primary responsibility. He has carried out this task well not only among perspective students and their families but also with the wider public.

With sensitivity and thoughtfulness, he also led both instituons through the sometimes difficult process of moving from a single sex to a co-educational student population.

Rick’s firm belief in our mission of evagelization and education, particularly among poor children and young people, has made him a convincing spokesman for our Marist efforts in the United States. He also worked personally to involve students in experiences of solidarity and challenged them to stretch their understanding in this area by taking more responsibility for the welfare of the human community.

In the past Rick has taught on the secondary level, worked in the areas of religious education and campus ministry, served in two Provincial administrations as a Provincial Councilor in the former Poughkeepsie Province, and as a member of various Province committees. At the present time he is a member of the Finance Committee and chairs the Province’s Investment Committee.

His capacity to work with others, ability to clarify complex matters and help others to understand them, as well as his formation in religious studies and administration will serve him well in this new position.

As we welcome Rick and offer him our support, I want to say a word of thanks to Brother Dominick Pujia, FMS, who will complete six years as Director of BIS and has generously agreed to extend his second mandate through the General Chapter to ensure a smooth transition. Under his leadership the Bureau has grown in stature and expanded the services it offers to the Institute and to other organizations.

Dominick brought to his work as Director extensive experience in education, administration, youth ministry, and development. His ability to communicate and work with others, talent for developing new ways of looking at old and familiar challenges and willingess to step out and take a risk, worked together to help him formulate a direction for the Bureau and to join his efforts with others to bring it to life.

During his tenure, for example, the program of advocacy for the rights of children involving the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations was first conceived and implemented. He also worked tirelessly to raise funds for many Institute projects and to ensure the ongoing support of others.

Dominick’s personal commitment to our mission with poor children and young people, however, was perhaps the most striking freature that representatives of foundations and other funding agencies mentioned when discussing their interactions with him. When he took up his work in Rome he had behind him many years of direct service among poor children and young people; they served him well throughout his time here in Rome.

I am grateful to Dominick personally and to the administration and brothers of the Province for their willingness to release him these recent years to further our Institute’s solidarity efforts.

Brothers, may the Bureau of Solidarity and its efforts be a constant reminder to all of us about Marcellin’s special concern for those who had the least, for those found at the margins of our societies.

Brother Seán D. Sammon, FMS - Superior General
20th August 2008

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