Saturday, April 23, 2011

Activist retires after 26 years with Diocese of Salt Lake City

Back in 1985, Dee Rowland was reluctant to take a job working for the Catholic Church because she feared she might not be pious enough. That concern apparently hasn’t been an issue: For the past 26 years Rowland has served as the government liaison for the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Now, however, her retirement is at the door.

"Dee Rowland has been an outstanding member of the diocesan family for many years now," said Monsignor J. Terrence Fitzgerald, vicar general of the diocese.

In addition to her position as government liaison, Rowland has represented the diocese on many public boards and committees. She also oversees the diocese’s Peace and Justice Commission and coordinates the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

"Dee Rowland has been the superb director of the Government Liaison office of the Salt Lake Diocese for so many years that it is difficult to imagine that work without her," said the Most Rev. George H. Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco, who supervised Rowland while he was Bishop of Salt Lake City from 1995 to 2006. "Dee witnesses to the Gospel’s and the Church’s teaching on peace and justice in such a clear, compassionate and generous way that she has the respect and affection of even those who disagree with her, and certainly of us who don’t." Read more>>>

Source: Laura V. Sausedo, Intermountain Catholic

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