Director Steve Krueger had the bittersweet task of announcing
the departure of our first Press Secretary Mike Emerton.
Below is an excerpt from Steve's letter that says best
who it is we are losing.
those of us fortunate enough to have worked with Mike
Emerton, VOTF Press Secretary, it was with joy we share
the news that Mike and his wife Janice recently had
their first baby, a son Aidan Michael. It is also with
gratitude for the Emertons' good fortune we announce
that Mike has been offered a professional opportunity
outside of VOTF that will provide his growing family
with the security they need and deserve. It is with
sadness that we must announce Mike will be accepting
that opportunity and leaving his position here at VOTF
effective April 11th.
cannot understate the gift Mike has been to VOTF - his
position as press secretary and as a colleague to all
who know him. Professionally, Mike possesses the rare
combination of rising to the occasion in moments of
crisis and pressure situations as well as possessing
a marketing orientation towards our constituencies.
Whether it was in Dallas, TX for the Bishops' Conference
last June, the Boston, MA Convention in July or facing
the spate of VOTF bannings starting in August, 2002
or the Washington, DC Bishops' gathering in November
or Cardinal Law's resignation in December, Mike was
always prepared and prepared us. He did it for us here
in the Newton office - with keen instinct, competence,
commitment, and care - and he did it for a number of
affiliates who knew they could call on him to help them
with their media inquiries and relations, often related
to bannings or meetings with their bishops.
you measure our success, Mike has been a significant
part of it. To the extent we have become the voice of
the laity, Mike has played a defining role in transforming
the press from referring to us as "dissident group"
last summer, to a group of "mainstream Catholics" in
know many join me in thanking Mike for his outstanding
contribution to further the mission of Voice of the
Faithful and wishing him all the best.
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