Memo: Dan Ward Stepping Down at RCRI


Webmaster’s Note: An email (below) sent earlier today announced that Father Dan Ward is stepping down as executive director of the RCRI. An investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Father Dan Ward [ View ] commenced in October of 2012 prompting one advocacy group to call for his resignation [ View ] and had another group requesting that Saint John’s issue warnings [ View ] and reach out to victims.]

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S. Hertha Longo, CSA

After 14 years at LRCR and RCRI, Father Dan Ward, OSB, has announced that he is leaving the position of executive director effective December 31, 2013. Fr. Dan believes that now is the time to pass on the leadership of RCRI: the merger of LRCR and NATRI has successfully been completed, knowledgeable and dedicated staff members are in place to carry on the work of the organization, and a direction has been set for member services.

Fr. Dan also believes that it is time to slow down and take a sabbatical.

We, the Board of Directors, are extremely grateful for the years of service and visionary leadership Fr. Dan has provided for RCRI.

Fr. Dan has been the creative force behind many new offerings and member services such as the monthly webinars and the leadership resource, Planning for the Future, currently in development. Fr. Dan has generously shared his gift of teaching as evidenced by the numerous excellent workshops and seminars he has presented at our annual conferences.

Fr. Dan is always current on proposed changes in the legislative environment affecting religious institutes, and he has provided advocacy as well as sound counsel. In addition to his leadership role at RCRI, Fr. Dan has extended himself personally and professionally to assist many religious institutes with specific legal issues. Finally, Fr. Dan has always been able to bring a great perspective to some very challenging situations with his Irish wit and good humor.

Please join us in blessing Fr. Dan:

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

The Board of Directors of RCRI will shortly announce a search for a new executive director.

S. Hertha Longo, CSA
Chair of the Board of Directors

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