Privilege and Honor

9 years ago I was in the right place at the right time, newly retired and seeking part-time employment. My friend, Father Jeff Dauses, was Rector at the Basilica and after Mass one Sunday I asked if he needed any office help. He immediately said, “the Cardinal needs a secretary, but it is only a part-time position.” It took me about two seconds to consider it and I asked if I could apply for the position. Fr. Jeff was helpful in setting up an interview for me with the Cardinal and I was very nervous about it. At the interview I found this kind, soft-spoken man who asked me questions about what I would be able or willing to do for him. We agreed that I would handle his correspondence, drive him when needed, run errands when needed, and just be an all around assistant. When he moved to Mercy Ridge and then to the Little Sisters, I promised I would stay with him until he didn’t need me anymore. It was truly a privilege and an honor to serve him. I learned a great deal about the church while with him and a great deal from him about patience, humility, and grace. This will always be the best work I ever did and I will miss him greatly.

– Jane Runey