A Letter from His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan

Dear Friends of Catholic Charities:

Wherever I go in New York, I run into the good that Catholic Charities does. Whether I’m in New York City or the Hudson Valley, I’m awed not so much by the magnitude of Catholic Charities but by the personal, individual service it provides.

I see a person’s dignity enhanced where everyone is called by name, where they are welcomed and treated with love and respect as members of God’s family. We’ve been doing this in the Archdiocese of New York since day one. And soon, we’re going to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Catholic Charities in 1917.

This is a vibrant family of close to 90 agencies, each with their distinctive charms, history and programs, yet united by common values — most fundamentally that each person is made in the image of God and saved by Jesus Christ, His Son. We have a glorious past and we’re looking to the future to continue to strive to find even better ways of providing help that creates hope in human lives. Our faith and our mission require no less.

I ask you to join us, to support Catholic Charities and all the good that it does, so that together in this community that we love we can make sure there is a place at the table for those who have nowhere else to go.

Faithfully in Christ,

Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan
Archbishop of New York


Executive Director Bio, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan

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Monsignor Kevin Sullivan is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. Catholic Charities is a federation of more than 90 human service agencies that provide help and create hope for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholic and Catholic alike – throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York.

Appointed Executive Director in 2001 after serving as Chief Operating Officer for five years and in other leadership positions for more than 17 years, Monsignor Sullivan continues to represent the Catholic Charities agencies in public policy discussions about issues such as immigration, welfare reform, job development and foster care. Monsignor Sullivan served as a member of the New York City Council Speaker's Commission on Homelessness, the Public Policy Committee of the New York State Catholic Conference and has provided expert testimony about human service issues before Congressional committees. Recently, he served as a member of the NYC Mayor's Commission for Economic Opportunity, as well as Governor Eliot Spitzer's Human Services Policy Transition Advisory Committee. After the 9/11 attacks, Monsignor Sullivan, as Chair of the 9/11 United Services Group, led the coordinated assistance to victims by New York charities. He is Vice-Chair of the NY Human Services Council and now Chairs its Disaster Preparedness Division.

During the 1970s and 1980s, when Monsignor Sullivan served as a parish priest at St. Elizabeth's Church in Washington Heights, he co-founded the Washington Heights-Inwood Coalition and the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, two neighborhood development organizations that continue to thrive. He was a board member of many healthcare organizations including St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center, Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, the Carmel Richmond Housing Corporation and the St. Vincent de Paul Residence. During the 1990s, he served as Co-Chair of the Partnership for the Homeless.

Monsignor Sullivan received a Masters Degree in public administration at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University and a doctorate in Public Administration at New York University. He graduated cum laude from Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception. He has taught in graduate programs at the Mendoza College of Business and the University of Notre Dame where he was a consultant to the dean regarding the College's Masters program in non-profit management. He has taught at New York University and the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School University. Monsignor Sullivan continues to maintain an academic and pragmatic interest in evaluation and performance measurement of non-profit organizations.

Monsignor Sullivan was born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers. He studied for the priesthood at St. Joseph's Seminary, was ordained in 1976 by Terence Cardinal Cooke and named Monsignor by John Cardinal O'Connor in 1999.