I recently submitted my resignation to Bishop Ronald Hicks, informing him that after 10 years of service to support those in need in our Joliet Diocese, that I plan on moving on to another endeavor. I have accepted a position at Catholic Kwandong University in the Republic of Korea. I will be a professor in the International Relations & Education Institute department. The President of Catholic Kwandong University is a priest and the University itself is operated by the local Diocese.
The University is in the same town where I taught when I was a Peace Corps volunteer. In fact, it is only a couple of miles from my Korean family’s house.
This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I am looking forward to this next stage in my life’s journey.
I certainly look back at my time at Catholic Charities as one of great joy and a true sense of accomplishment. I had the opportunity to work with so many gifted team members, volunteers, Board members, Diocesan colleagues and an inspiring community. You all work in your respective ministries with commitment, passion and tireless enthusiasm as you help the people of God find hope and success in their own lives. You have done all this by carrying out the Corporal Works of Mercy in this ever evolving, challenging world in which we live. You are truly blessed.
Likewise, it has been a blessing for me. As I continue my journey, I thank you for being a part of it. Such kind, generous, compassionate, professional, competent and all around good people have added so much to my life. I am so very blessed to have had an opportunity to share part of me with you. I will never be the same. A part of my heart will always be with you.
Take good care and God Bless.
Glenn Van Cura