Citing Pope Francis' leadership and example, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and other speakers at the Catholic Charities of St. Louis Legislative Breakfast April 4 asked legislators to keep the needs of the poor close to their hearts.
Eighteen state legislators were on hand at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Clayton, including the president pro tem of the state Senate and the majority floor leader of the House, plus a staff member from Gov. Jay Nixon's office and Sen. Roy Blunt's office. Also attending were board members of Catholic Charities agencies and others.
Thomas Duff has been named the new executive director of Catholic Family Services.
Duff, a licensed clinical social worker, has more than 14 years of experience working as a clinician and administrator. Since 2006, he has served as a treatment manager and director for United Methodist Children's Home in Mt. Vernon, Ill. He oversaw programmatic and fiscal integrity for a number of programs. Duff is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Illinois Sex Offender Management Board. He also serves as a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Illinois.
Theresa Lynch Ruzicka will begin work as the new president of Catholic Charities of St. Louis on March 10. She currently is a partner with RubinBrown LLP, working in the Entrepreneurial Services Group.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made the announcement Feb. 7. Ruzicka served as a board member of Catholic Charities of St. Louis from 2008 until late last year when she applied for the position of president.
She was supposed to be at work by the time she stopped by to see the Fresh 102.5 FM radio station morning team and donate to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis "Add One More Person to Your Christmas List" campaign.
The radio co-hosts were broadcasting live Dec. 6 from the Dierbergs store in the West Oak shopping center in Creve Coeur.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities have partnered with Fresh 102.5, known as St. Louis' Christmas station, to provide Christmas carols on the station.
To care for the poor, to defend their rights and to enable them to shape their own destinies is a noble profession -- one shared by lawyers -- a leading advocate for people in poverty told a gathering of law students from St. Louis University Oct. 7.
"It is a gift to each of us for which we should be grateful and a cause for rejoicing in our calling," said Jesuit Father Fred Kammer, former president of Catholic Charities USA and a lawyer himself.