Inside the Boston Archdiocese: Part 2

Thank you for your positive response to this blog.  With no publicity, we’ve seen visitors already from as far as Rome, Canada, California, Florida, Texas, and many other U.S. states.  We are still awaiting the big news alluded to in our last post, so in the meantime, we will go to the next level in the organization chart.  If you missed our first post on that, you should start here, and then continue on.

Interim Secretary for Institutional Advancement: Kevin Kiley (while search is underway)

Compensation: Not disclosed.  His predecessor, Scot Landry, was paid $250,000/year

Background:   Graduated from Suffolk University in 1987 and has worked for the Archdiocese for all but two years since 1991.   Most recently has been Director of Budget and Planning and oversaw the move and design of Diocesan offices from Brighton to Braintree.  His brother-in-law, Lt. Colonel Paul Hurley was ordained a Boston priest in 1995 and is currently serving as a Chaplain with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan.

Responsibilities: The Office of Institutional Advancement was previously defined as “a collaborative group of ministries that seek to strengthen the Church’s ability to hand on our faith, grow in holiness and make a profound difference in the world.  The office houses the ministries of The Catholic Foundation.”  With the spinoff of the Catholic Media group, it will probably be redefined very soon primarily as fund-raising once again.

Boston Catholic Insider Comments:  This is a new position for Kevin starting July 1. The search committee for the permanent Secretary is led by multimillionaire power-broker, Jack Connors, Jr., who, along with Chancellor McDonough, was instrumental in ousting the previous Secretary, Scot Landry.  The search committee also includes  Jane Mancini-Puliafico (Vice-Chair and member of the Catholic Foundation Board), Jack McCarthy (Harvard Kennedy School adjunct lecturer, Hauser Center principal, and member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council), Fr. Robert Murray, Fr. Brian Kiely, Fr. Bryan Parrish (newly appointed Assistant Vicar for Administration and Special Assistant to the Vicar General), and Kevin Gill (background unknown).

Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs: Terrence (Terry) Donilon

Compensation: $166,304 (reduced 5% in 2009 to help balance the budget)

Background: former director of public relations for Shaw’s Supermarkets.  Has served in his role for the Archdiocese since April 2005.  Prior to Shaws, he has been a senior VP at Regan Communications and was previously the press secretary to Rhode Island governor Bruce Sundlun. He is a Rhode Island native and a 1984 graduate of Emerson College.  His brother, Michael Donilon, is currently Counselor to Vice President, Joe Biden, was Biden’s traveling advisor during the Obama campaign, and worked on the campaigns of President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John F. Kerry  among others.  Terry has another brother, Thomas Donilon, who is deputy national security adviser to President Obama. Michael and Thomas used their joint political clout and muscle to help derail the 1987 Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork.

Boston Catholic Insider Comments: Donilon’s role has appeared to mostly be one of reactively issuing comments in response to various public controversies to try and placate the media or appease angry Catholics (both liberal or conservative). The PR firm of Rasky Baerlein has been working with the Archdiocese for a number of years, and is still engaged on a retainer with Donilon.

We will keep covering the rest of the cabinet secretaries and more news as it occurs, so come on back and visit again.

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