August 29, 2016
Dear Parish Catechetical Leaders, Staff and Catechists,
I have had the great pleasure of working at the Diocese of Dallas for the past four years. I can't express what a blessing it has been to work with so many of you, to witness your dedication, and to share the mission of deepening the love of Christ in ourselves and in others, with the help of the Holy Trinity. You have been a true gift in my life, and I leave with memories of our shared passion for faith formation and pastoral service.
These past years, it was great to collaborate on many objectives such as strengthening the leadership development programs, the catechetical formation program, enhancing our communication channels and marketing, and bringing a technological presence to our services.
After careful consideration and diligent prayer, I am taking a break from ministry, so that I can pursue a Master's Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.).
My hope and goal is to continue to assiduously serve the people of God. Having worked in ministry for so many years, I wish to complement my background in theology, philosophy, education and bioethics with business and strategic management competence to increase the scope of my impact.
I am very grateful to God for the opportunity to attend the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which is ranked among the best in the nation and in the world. I look forward to learning from excellent professors, to networking with emerging and established leaders in other areas, to interacting with people from diverse faiths and worldviews, and to bringing the Word of God to those that have have not heard it or to where it is but a faint echo.
My favorite Gospel line is Mary's fiat- Ecce Ancilla Domine, Behold, the handmaiden of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your Word. Lk. 2:38. Mary, Our Blessed Mother, is such a model of faith. I am about to take a leap of faith, and I contemplate Mary and her willingness to follow the Lord, even though things were not clear. To her question, "How can this be?", the angel replies, "There is nothing that God cannot do." So, I firmly hold on to Mary My Mother's hand, your prayers that I may be a docile and faithful instrument of God, and my Lord's gaze as I walk forth on this new journey.
My last day with the Diocese of Dallas will be Sept. 16, 2016. I would love to keep in touch. My contact information is: firstname.lastname@example.org and 214-282-0265 (cell). My Facebook is Natalia Lavado.
I will keep all of you in my prayers as well. Thank you for your service of love to the Diocese and God's people.
Charo Lavado (214-379-2848, email@example.com)
Associate Director, Department of Catechetical Services, Diocese of Dallas
Picture With Some of My New Classmates
In the Joy of the Gospel paragraph 203 Pope Francis says, "Business is a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life; this will enable them truly to serve the common good by striving to increase the goods of this world and to make them more accessible to all."
The Department of Catechetical Services thanks Charo for her dedication and we will hold her in prayer as she prepares for a new ministry.
Cheryl Orwig Whapham
Department of Catechetical Services
Diocese of Dallas