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Friday, 30 August 2013 07:34

Even though my time as Editor/General Manager of the Catholic Exponent “officially” ended on June 28, I have been putting together the July and August issues with our staff while the nationwide search for a new Editor/General Manager took place.

 

 

Now that Pete Sheehan, a Youngstown native, has been named to those posts effective Sept. 3, I will complete my time with this newspaper by working with him on the Sept. 13 issue before moving to a newly-created part-time role with diocesan archives. I am looking forward to meeting new challenges. For yours truly, it’s an ideal, gradual step-down from the pressures of editing a newspaper while simultaneously keeping me involved in the diocesan Church. I am grateful for the opportunity.

 

The transition gives me one last chance to thank the Catholic Exponent staff, past and present, for the good times, the laughter, and the important and fulfilling work we have shared through the years. It also affords me the opportunity to welcome Pete, a Cardinal Mooney graduate, back to his hometown.

 

A former staffer once told me upon leaving that “you care too much about this newspaper.” But I believed then and I believe now that – aside from the priorities of one’s faith and family – the Editor/General Manager’s role here is to care deeply about every aspect of this publication and to work tirelessly, with the staff, to help it better serve diocesan Catholics.

 

It has been a privilege to serve as Editor/General Manager of the Catholic Exponent since 1996. While I will surely miss the role and its constant interaction with our readers, I leave this post knowing that the Exponent is in good hands, with an experienced staff and the arrival of a talented, faith-filled individual to carry on the important work of the Catholic press in this six-county corner of our challenging modern world.

 

Welcome, Pete. The staff joins me in wishing you a smooth transition into your new role and a long and enjoyable tenure. As for me, it’s time to enjoy some restful, sleep-filled nights free of the pressure of deadlines. Now that’s a sentiment editors everywhere can identify with. All the best!

 

— Lou Jacquet