Dear CWR Members,
I would like to thank all of you, and the Board, for the honor of serving alongside you as Executive Director these past three and a half years. During that time we have accomplished great things together and taken some significant steps to advance the image and mission of Catholic Sisters.
My decision to leave CWR was not an easy one, but as last week’s message from the Board indicated, I have been invited by my community, The Missionaries of the Precious Blood, to serve one of their sponsored ministries dedicated to restorative justice. I have been affiliated with the Missionaries since 1999 and have adopted their charism of reconciliation as my own. As you know, the call of one’s own community carries significant weight. I am pleased that the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation where I will serve here in Chicago, is a co-sponsored ministry between the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and the Sisters of the Precious Blood (Dayton, OH).
There is much yet in store for CWR. I leave you in the very capable hands of Michelle and Brian under the leadership of the Board. I know that this association will accomplish great things and I feel privileged to have been part of that journey for a short while. I leave you with some words from St. Francis of Assisi that a colleague shared with me once and that have stuck with me ever since, “I have done what was mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours.” Know that all of you and CWR will remain in my prayers.
Nicholas T. Schafer, CFRE