Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, June 25, 2018

LoisNesciHARTFORD – Archbishop Henry J. Mansell has announced the appointment of Lois M. Nesci as chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford, effective July 1. Ms. Nesci succeeds Rose Alma Senatore, who will retire as CEO but continue in her capacity as director of charities for the Archdiocese.

Ms. Nesci currently is the chief operating officer for the agency and has held that position since 2006. In her nine years with Catholic Charities, Ms. Nesci has served in a variety of roles at the agency with steadily increasing responsibilities. She is credited with bringing several improvements to the management process of the agency in the areas of strengthening program leadership, human resources, information technology and performance quality.

Prior to her work at Catholic Charities, Ms. Nesci’s experience in the field of human services included Brightside for Families and Children in West Springfield, Mass., and Gray Lodge in Hartford. She earned a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in education and religious studies from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, where she will continue to serve as a member of the board of trustees.

Archbishop Mansell has asked Ms. Senatore to continue in her role as director of charities, a part-time position representing the Archbishop on the trustee boards of the colleague agencies of Catholic Charities: St. Agnes Home, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Francis Home for Children and the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry.

In addition, Ms. Senatore will assume oversight of such archdiocesan programs as immigration and affordable housing, and administration of the Emergency Assistance Fund of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

Archbishop Mansell stated, "The Archdiocese of Hartford and Catholic Charities are richly blessed by these developments. Lois Nesci brings extensive experience in state of the art knowledge to her new position as CEO of Catholic Charities. We are delighted at the same time that Rose Alma Senatore will continue to work on special programs and activities connected with Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese. Our joy is multiplied by this outstanding combination of two terrific leaders in these positions of extraordinary importance."

Reflecting on her appointment, Ms. Nesci said her focus will be in three areas: "One is to continue to advance the mission of Catholic Charities, and that is to provide services to the most vulnerable, based on the social teachings of Christ. Two is to continue to remain compliant with all our funder expectations. And then third is to ensure that our services are of the highest quality."

She added, "I look forward to continue to serve in this role, which I believe to be a calling more than simply a position in the hierarchy."

Catholic Charities is the largest nongovernmental provider of human services in the state of Connecticut and has been the licensed, accredited social service arm of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven Counties for 90 years. The agency serves 30,000 people of all faiths annually from 34 locations throughout the Archdiocese and is an employer of more than 500 social service professionals.

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