Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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HARTFORD – Two offices of the Archdiocese of Hartford have announced changes to their leadership positions. Lois M. Nesci, since 2011 the chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford, has accepted a position outside of the archdiocese.

Ryan Hinton, former assistant director of the Office of Religious Education and Evangelization, has accepted a position as director of the Office of Family Life.

Ms. Nesci announced her departure through an email to the many staff members, volunteers and supporters of Catholic Charities.

She was chief operating officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford from 2006 to 2011, when she became CEO. While at Catholic Charities, she was credited with helping to strengthen program leadership, human resources, information technology and performance quality.

As CEO, she oversaw the construction of Francis Xavier Plaza, an affordable housing initiative in Waterbury that is expected to open soon. Speaking at the Dec. 12, 2014, Help and Hope Breakfast in Hartford, Ms. Nesci said, “We can only hope for a day when the services of Catholic Charities are no longer needed because the needs no longer exist.”

Ms. Nesci will take a position as chief operating officer at the Center for Human Development, based in Springfield, Mass., providing many of the same kinds of services that Catholic Charities provides.

In her announcement, Ms. Nesci wrote, “It was and has been easy to embrace a mission that has been part of my faith and world view.”

“Although my decision was not an easy one to make, I look forward to continuing to bring help and hope to those most in need,” she wrote.

Marek Kukulka, chief of operations, will serve as the interim chief executive officer, starting Feb. 14.

The Office of Family Life, formerly headquartered in Hamden, moves to the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to marry the passion I have for the family with the mission of the church,” said Mr. Hinton.

He said he views the family as the primary unit of permanent relationships and the core of Christian development. His mission, he said, will be to serve families so that they may answer their call to holiness and become the “domestic church” rooted in Christ.

Mr. Hinton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in pastoral and youth ministry from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. He also attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received a Master of Educational Administration degree and a Master of Education degree.

He and his wife Jessica and two children live in Vernon.