Catholic Relief Services offers its warmest congratulations and best wishes to Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan, the chairman of the CRS Board of Directors, on his election today as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
“We thank Archbishop Dolan for his strong and visionary leadership of CRS over these past three years,” said CRS President Ken Hackett. “Archbishop Dolan is a tireless promoter of the work of CRS and he has always been quick to recognize the efforts of our staff, working both in our headquarters in Baltimore and in the field around the world. We know that he will bring these same qualities of leadership during his service as president of the USCCB.”
Archbishop Dolan has served as the Chairman of the Board of CRS since December 2007.
In a televised interview following his election, Archbishop Dolan spoke of his work at CRS and of his regard for the agency. “We need to show the Church the great work of CRS so that other people feel the conviction to support it,” he said.
During his term as CRS Board Chairman, Archbishop Dolan has traveled extensively on behalf of the agency. In May 2008, he went to Ethiopia, where he met with people suffering from the twin blows of the global food crisis and devastating drought. In January 2009, he traveled to India to see CRS programs and to witness the agency’s longstanding collaboration with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity. And Archbishop Dolan has traveled several times to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake to offer support and encouragement to the people and Church in Haiti, and to see the progress of CRS’ extensive emergency response and recovery effort.
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