Finnerty leaves diocesan position - Catholic Courier

Finnerty leaves diocesan position

Patricia Finnerty, the first diocesan director of vocations awareness, is leaving the position she has held since April 1999.

Finnerty’s last day with the diocese will be July 25. She will teach English and religion at Bishop Kearney High School beginning this fall.

“It’s continuing my ministry in a different way. I’m very excited about the new challenge,” said Finnerty, 41.

In her diocesan role Finnerty strove to develop vocations-awareness teams not only at the diocesan level, but also within several parishes. Another success during her four-plus years was the annual 24 Hours With the Lord program — held each June in conjunction with priestly ordinations — which consistently drew scores of young men to learn more about vocations.

“I’ve enjoyed my time very much. We’ve got a lot of good initiatives started,” Finnerty said.

“She brought to the office a really more open approach to promotion and awareness, especially from a professional background,” said Father John DeSocio, who formerly coordinated diocesan efforts in priestly formation and worked closely with Finnerty.

“She really connected with the local media; she just brought a great professionalism to our whole office and widened our vision,” Father DeSocio added, citing Finnerty’s efforts to develop a high-quality Web site for vocations awareness.

“Obviously the work she’s pioneered has been very successful,” said Father Joseph Hart, a diocesan vicar general and moderator of the Pastoral Center. “It’s energized our vocations process and because of that we will miss her, but we wish her well in her new role.”

Father Hart added that the diocese plans to seek a replacement for Finnerty.

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