At the VOTF Holy Trinity affiliate meeting in Washington DC on February 24th, VOTF will be awarding Bishop Thomas Gumbleton with a National VOTF Priest of Integrity Award. Bishop Gumbleton will be acknowledged as a priest of integrity whose prophetic voice of support for victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse continues to change for the better the landscape of silence that enabled decades of abuse.

More details will be available shortly on the VOTF website.

See VOTF press release.

Call to Action also responded with a strong show of support for Bishop Gumbleton. Go to www.cta-usa.org.

Voice Of The Faithful National Search for Executive Director

Voice of The Faithful(VOTF) has announced the opening of its search for an executive director. In a statement, VOTF President Mary Pat Fox said, "Voice of the Faithful with 35,000 members in the United States and 37 other countries and 120 affiliates is looking for an experienced professional to support the network and help move this grassroots organization to a new level of prominence in establishing a voice for Catholics in the US and throughout the world."

Fox announced that Mark Mullaney, president of his own consulting firm and past chief operating officer of both for-profit and not-for-profit companies in Boston and Chicago will lead the search. Mullaney was the chairman of the last National Executive Director Search for VOTF in 2004 and is a founding member of Voice of the Faithful. Fox noted "...the importance of the national reach. The need to have a professional search conducted for this position is clear to the VOTF Board of Trustees, Officers and National Representative Council (NRC) and to the operating units and affiliates of VOTF. This search enables us as an organization to focus on the current needs as well as the future development of the mission and goals of VOTF".

Other search committee members include VOTF national secretary Gaile Pohlhaus, PhD and Independent Lay Theologian; National Representative Council/NY Ed Wilson, a corporate lawyer for 40 years and vice president and general counsel of Loral Corp., New York; Evelyn Seely, affiliate representative; VOTF Trustee Svea Fraser, MDiv; office staff representative Alice Campanella, with a graduate degree in Library and Information Science. The members of the committee are charged with identifying candidates who have spiritual depth as well as a commitment to furthering the mission and goals of VOTF.

As in the past, the search committee will use consultant services as warranted and has access to a network of over 4000 senior executives worldwide. Fox noted, "We are excited about the process in place and expect to complete this important task in a timely manner. The opportunity, at this critical juncture, is significant and the committee and
available resources are prepared to respond."

Inquiries concerning the new Executive Director position should be directed to edsearch@votf.org

In the Vineyard
February 8, 2007
Volume 6, Issue 3 Printer Friendly Version (PDF)

Page One

National News Update

Diocese/State Watch

VOTF Lenten Action on Conscience 2007

Theologian’s Corner:
“Scandal and Conscience” – Sally Vance-Trembath, VOTF vice president

“Something Special Happened Here” – Vince Grenough, VOTF Louisville KY

Report from New York” – Francis Piderit, VOTF NY on the “state of the diocese” with regard to parish closings

“’Getting it’ in the Bridgeport CT diocese” – Dan Sullivan, VOTF Bridgeport

Structural Change Working Group

Voice of Renewal/Lay Education

Prayerful Voice

Goal 2 - Priest Support



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