In January 2021, I accepted a one-year extension to my three-year term as Lay Director which ended December 31, 2020. I agreed to this additional year with the understanding that I would resign from the role of Lay Director beginning January 1, 2022. The goal of my acceptance was to provide our community a chance to locate my replacement. Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic continues to negatively impact this search. Bottom line: no one has been identified as a replacement.
While I fully planned to resign December 31, 2021, I also recognize the importance of keeping this position occupied. Simultaneously, I know that if I continue to agree to extend my term until the role is filled, there is a real chance that this search will continue to stall, and a replacement will not be identified.
As a result of much prayer and thought, I have concluded the following action on my part. I am rescinding my resignation date of December 31, 2021 and am extending my term for an additional 6 months. My retirement from the role of Lay Director will become effective July 1, 2022, with or without a replacement.
In the past, a defined search process was followed. Perhaps that process is the roadblock that has caused the interruption in leadership in past years. Also, I feel that the community at large is not adequately involved in the selection process of their Lay Director. At the risk of upsetting those who believe that we must continue to follow the current process, I am asking all Cursillistas of our community, to pray and offer up names of potential candidates for the Lay Director’s position.
Email your selection of names along with your reasons for your nominations to email@example.com. There is no need to provide an extensive commentary with your reason statement. The webservant in turn will forward the names to the Board of Directors for further processing and consideration. The Board will not be given the name of the Cursillista who provided the submission as all names will be forwarded anonymously. If you feel called to fill the role of Lay Director, submit your own name. Let the Spirit move you in this process.
During these next nine months, it is imperative that we as a community seriously work to identify a suitable replacement so that the role of Lay Director will not go empty.
I apologize to any community members who disagree with this change in the method of locating my replacement, but as I stated at the October Ultreya, “Desperate times require desperate measures.” Please don’t let the “other guy” address this situation. Help our community by offering us names for this search. The future of the Cum Christo community is in the hands of its members.
Thank you for your support of the community during my term and continue to pray for me. They are greatly appreciated.
Peace and De Colores!
Jim Keating, Lay Director