Mid-America Province Hosts NAPCC Development Directors
Mrs. Stephanie Pedersen, provincial director of development and missionary activities, assisted by Mrs. Meghan Allen-Curtis, director of special events, hosted the annual meeting of Capuchin mission/development directors of the North American Pacific Capuchin Conference Feb. 25-28 at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden CO. For the first time in the 22 year history of the meeting, lay staff members were invited to join the directors, which drew a record attendance. Sixteen participants from the New York-New England, Detroit, New Jersey, Western American, Central Canadian, and Puerto Rican jurisdictions, were joined by Br. Mark Schenk of the Order's general (international) council; Br. Michael Scully, president of NAPCC; and Br. Helmut Rakowski, general secretary for mission animation and general promoter of economic solidarity. The group briefly visited the provincial development office and archives center at St. Francis Friary in Denver, but spent most of its time discussing such things as fiscal transparency, stewardship, the effects of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, invitations of Generation X to join the Capuchin Family as friend, volunteer, benefactor and advocate, ongoing commitment to the international Capuchin office of economic solidarity, collaboration among the various mission and development offices, planned giving business plans, and the potential of launching a collaborative web site. The group, which will seek formal recognition from NAPCC next month, tweaked its mission statement to read: "NAPCC Mission/Development Directors are committed to working together in economic and fraternal solidarity for the good of the Capuchin jurisdictions in NAPCC in collaboration with the Office of International Economic Solidarity for the benefit of the worldwide Capuchin Order."