President of Catholic Charities USA impressed with Omaha
As president of Catholic Charities USA, Father Larry Snyder is well aware of the problems facing immigrants in this country.
But he told the Catholic Voice Wednesday, Jan. 31, he sees those issues being addressed head-on in Omaha.
"You see the Juan Diego Center, which is so welcoming and working so hard to try to help immigrants get legalized," Father Snyder said. "It is an amazing thing and a great sign of hope."
Father Snyder toured the Juan Diego Center and the Omaha Campus for Hope during a three-day visit to Omaha, beginning Jan. 30.
"I heard a client at the Campus for Hope say 'I am grateful to Catholic Charities because they believed in me when I could not believe in myself.' I think that is what the campus is all about," Father Snyder said. "Giving people hope so they can start to believe in themselves again."
Father Snyder also joined Dr. Scot Adams, executive director of Catholic Charities Omaha, at the annual board of directors meeting Jan. 31.
"I think it is good for the board to hear national perspectives," said Adams, who will be leaving his position in March. "Father is relatively new at Catholic Charities USA and with my position in transition; it helps the board to have some connectedness to him."
Father Snyder also commented on the resignation of Adams, who will leave Catholic Charities Omaha effective March 31, 2007.
"Being here in Omaha on Scot's home turf and seeing the respect that the people who work for him have for him, and the respect the board has for him just validated what I have thought all along - that he has done a wonderful job," Father Snyder said.
"His replacement is going to have to be someone who is very knowledgeable about social service delivery," he added. "This is not just a job, but a vocation, a calling."
Father Snyder, a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, has been president of Catholic Charities USA since 2004.
"I really enjoy traveling around and visiting the different agencies, because that is what energizes me," Father Snyder said.