Directors for DivineOffice.org
For he is like a refiner’s fire and fuller’s soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver.
And he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. – Malachi 3:2b-3
Dear Divine Office Community,
A community shaped by Christ’s model of sacrifice is a community equipped to endure the fiery trials of life. As you all know we have endured great challenges over the past year. Like a purification by fire, our challenges help us grow stronger and more faithful to our mission. While we have not yet overcome all of the valleys before us, we continue to climb toward the light. I am especially pleased that we are now using the hymns intended for the Divine Office by our early Latin Church Fathers.
In this time of renewal, we affirm our commitment to the important work of God before us. God is doing a new thing in this community. Looking to the future, it is time that we appoint a board of directors representing a cross section of our talents and perspectives. I am confident that the directors we draw from our community will have a firm understanding of the important work we do in the midst of a troubled world. I believe that our emerging directors will become good stewards of our community’s vision and work for the future. I also believe the directors come with connections and resources far beyond my own, further facilitating the tremendous opportunities God places before us.
I see myself as a reluctant leader. I prefer putting my shoulder to the wheel instead of leading the charge. That said, I remain dedicated to this work I have shared with you for 15 years, and will remain in this leadership role as long as I am able. With God’s help and continued vigorous health, I envision several more decades with you.
There is much to be decided about how the board of directors is to conduct the affairs of Divine Office. While I have served on a few non-profit boards in the past, our community would benefit from a cadre of directors with non-profit experience that could help us in these early days of formation. I expect that the board may establish and ratify bylaws, and then appoint directors into the positions of president, secretary, and treasurer. I will remain a director, and I expect the board will keep me as the executive director until someone qualified steps forward for this leadership position. When that day comes, it will free me to focus directly on the work to be done.
I would like to have our board include between 9 and 12 directors. Board members should have the skills needed to conduct the business and promote the mission of Divine Office while representing the diversity of our community. I pray that among those willing to lead there will be representatives from Church leadership as well as nuns and sisters. Half of the directors should be religious while the remaining should be lay persons.
All members must be active Roman Catholics with one or more of these needed skills:
* Spiritual Leadership
* Business Leadership
* Finance and accounting for nonprofits
* Legal expertise relative to our needs
* Divine Office expertise
* Public relations
* Development (fund raising)
Those willing to accept the yoke of leadership are encouraged to submit the following to [email protected]:
* Resume, CV or appropriate documentation of experience
* A thoughtful accounting of the skills you would bring to a role on this board
Friends, thank you for your partnership in ministry and your perseverance amid the trials we have shared together. May God richly bless us as we claim the future that unfolds before us.
Peace be with you always,
God’s servant and producer of Divine Office