|Some people God has designated in the Church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then, gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues—I Cor 12:28
Any good initiative requires a lot of different gifts, and it requires that people set their egos aside and be willing to work together to achieve a common purpose. Among those gifts is one that is hidden and often unappreciated: the gift of administration. And yet, without it, nothing good can really be accomplished on a large scale. In Solidarity with South Sudan, we have two administrative centers: one in Juba, the capital city, and another in Rome. These two centers together employ about ten people who are involved in the day-to-day service of the various apostolic projects on the ground in South Sudan. Among them are several based in Rome: an Office Manager, a Fundraising Director, a Fundraising Officer, and a Mission Promoter. In Juba, the capital city of South Sudan, we have an Executive Director and numerous others involved in managing the administrative hub, managing finances, overseeing various initiatives, and responding to the needs and exigencies of each of the apostolic projects. The work of the Fundraising Director is largely hidden and unsung, but without her tireless efforts, much of the good that happens on the ground in South Sudan could not go forward. While administration is not listed among the Laudato Sì goals, in fact it is indispensable for the realization of any of those goals!
20 September 2023
Fr. David Gentry
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