What a special evening it was when members of the Board of Directors, Membership Board and staff of Catholic Charities came together to honor Sr. Patricia “Pat” Cairns for her dedication, vision and hard work that was so instrumental in helping Catholic Charities of Shreveport to become a reality and not just a dream.
Hosted by board members Nona Dailey, Bess Elder and Patti Harper, and held in the lovely home of Ms. Dailey, the gathering shared special thoughts about their time spent with Sr. Pat. Bishop Michael Duca spoke about the extensive research and hard work Sr. Pat put in to help him decide if the Diocese of Shreveport could and would support a Catholic Charity agency. After reviewing her findings, they both agreed that it was time to move forward and for the diocese to open Catholic Charities of Shreveport.
From the very beginning, Sr. Pat, Board President, has been one of our strongest mentors and supporters, sharing her extensive knowledge and wisdom from her many years as a Catholic Charities Executive Director in Pittsburgh where that agency enjoyed great success under her leadership. She has also served as Executive Director of Lafayette Catholic Service Centers, Executive Director of Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in Milwaukee and other positions of leadership. Sr. Pat is an award winning expert in social work and management and has spent her life dedicated to doing work that helps the poor and vulnerable in many areas.
After the Bishop’s remarks, the group honored Sr. Pat with a gift designating her as a Founding Member of Catholic Charities of Shreveport, supported by the donations of board members and staff. She is about to begin a new chapter in her life but will forever be a part of our agency. We’ll miss her so much but are happy for her well-earned retirement.