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Alles hired as new CCI executive director 


   BOISE, Idaho - Catholic Charities of Idaho named Douglas Alles the new executive director of the agency. Alles was the interim executive director of Catholic Charities of Portland, in that Oregon archdiocese.
   Alles has also served as archdiocesan director of Social Services for more than 20 years.
   "I am excited that Doug had joined our team,” said Bishop Michael P. Driscoll, founder and president of CCI. “His expertise and experience in the Catholic Charities network is a strong asset as we continue to build up Catholic Charities of Idaho.”
   CCI Board Chairman Mike Kennedy called Alles an exceptional candidate.
   “Doug Alles will bring a lifetime of relevant experience to help our agency continue serving the people and communities of Idaho,” Kennedy said. “We conducted a national search and had a number of very qualified candidates from around the country. Members of our Board of Directors are grateful and enthusiastic at Doug’s willingness to join us at this important time.”
   In a press release announcing the appointment, CCI said board members “sought a candidate who deeply understands the virtues and goals of helping people in the spirit and practice of social teachings within the Catholic Church. With Bishop Driscoll’s approaching retirement, it was important that a candidate would be able to carry on his legacy of service to all people regardless of religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, income, and background.”
   "It is a great honor to join the Catholic Charities of Idaho family,” said Doug Alles. “As the agency transitions into a more stable and robust statewide nonprofit, upholding the social mission of the church is now more important than ever. I look forward to working with the Catholic diocese and the outstanding CCI board and staff, in partnership with local communities, to seek lasting solutions to alleviate poverty, create hope and promote justice.”
   Alles is completing his work in Portland and will begin work at CCI on Oct. 16. He and his wife Jennifer will be relocating with their family from Portland.
   He will succeed Msgr. Andrew J. Schumacher, who has been serving as interim executive director since June.



A Message from Bishop Mike 



Dear Friends in Christ,


   The warm days of summer are upon us! In the life of the Church, this is typically a time when priests in new assignments transition from one parish to another. Priests in these situations always experience a wide gamut of emotions. There is the sadness that inevitably comes from leaving the familiarity of one faith-filled community and all the friendships that developed over the years. There is an uncertainty that comes with not knowing what the new parish will be like. Finally, there is the physical exertion and fatigue that comes with simply packing up and moving.

   For myself, this is also a time of transition. On August 8th I will celebrate my 75th birthday and, as required by church law, will submit my letter of retirement to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 15 years I have spent as your Bishop. In particular, I have been so blessed with the many ways you have all worked with me to build up the Catholic Church in Idaho. I have no doubt our new bishop, whose name and time of appointment is still unknown, will find a diocese that is strong and vibrant. EVEN THOUGH I WILL CONTINUE TO CONDUCT THE ORDINARY PASTORAL GOVERNANCE OF THE DIOCESE UNTIL A NEW BISHOP IS APPOINTED, I ASK YOU TO JOIN ME IN PRAYER that the Holy Spirit guide the discernment and selection of the next Bishop of Idaho and grant him the gifts needed to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Michael P. Driscoll, MSW, DD

Bishop of Idaho










Synod on the Family Synopsis



The Synod on the Family synopsis outlines some good insights on how the Church can better support families.  In this sense, it can serve as a working document for pastoral action.  However, it is important to note that the responses received are PERSONAL OPINIONS and often do not accurately reflect Church teaching on the issues addressed, nor do they represent the position/teaching of the Diocese of Boise. 


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