New Holy Name Society president pledges organizational review
Published: October 9, 2007
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- The new president of the National Association of the Holy Name Society said he hopes to revitalize the organization with a thorough review of its structure, which could lead to significant changes by 2009. Joe Ryan of the Archdiocese of St. Louis said the theme for his presidency for the next two years comes from Chapter 12, Verse 49, of the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus says to his disciples: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" Ryan is the 20th president of the Baltimore-based U.S. association, founded in 1274 by Blessed John of Vercelli and dedicated to promoting respect for the holy name of God and the personal sanctification of its members. Also elected during the association's Sept. 6-9 convention in King of Prussia, Pa., were: Joseph LaPointe, Archdiocese of Boston, first vice president; William Harris, Archdiocese of Baltimore, second vice president; James Mannion, Archdiocese of Baltimore, third vice president; Gerry Devine, Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., financial secretary; and Peter Carbone, Diocese of Cleveland, recording secretary.
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