New Year Transition at CE Helm Continues Faithful Mission

Dear CE Community:

I am pleased to announce that I am handing over the reins of the CE presidency and editorship to noted Catholic writer and editor, Harold Fickett as of today, January 1, 2010. I will remain closely involved with Catholic Exchange as a member of the Board of Directors, editor-at-large and goodwill ambassador for the organization.

I want to thank all those who contributed to our year-end fundraising campaign, as its success has enabled us to bring Harold on board.

Harold Fickett has written many books, including works of fiction like The Holy Fool, biographies including Flannery O’Connor: Images of Grace, and works of inspiration and journalism, including Conversations with Jesus and The Living Christ.  He has written for such publications as The National Review, Books & Culture, and even A convert from evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism of more than 20 years, Harold was heavily involved in developing the Catholic new media publication, GodSpy.  He also co-founded the influential arts and religion journal Image.  Catholic Exchange will benefit greatly from his leadership.

After nearly ten years as President of Catholic Exchange, I have found my interests turning more and more in the direction of producing films.  This was spurred by my involvement in the distribution financing and promotion to Catholic audiences of The Passion of the Christ, the production of the Champions of Faith films, and my involvement in other film productions.  I now have the opportunity to work as a producer of major film projects, for which I am deeply grateful to God.  This change has been coming for some time, but I did not want to relinquish my role with Catholic Exchange until I had found the right new leader to replace me.

I want to thank everyone who has supported Catholic Exchange during the past 10 years.  You have made my service an honor and a privilege.  You have kept me company in our spiritual pilgrimage, and for that I will always be grateful.  Our sojourning together will not be ending, just entering a new phase.  I am looking forward both to my work as a film producer and to contributing to Catholic Exchange from a different perspective.

God bless you, my friends. I’ll be talking to you soon, I’m sure, through the pages of Catholic Exchange.


Tom Allen


Harold Fickett writes:

My thanks to Tom for his kind introduction and to the Board of Directors, officers, and staff for the trust they have placed in me.

I consider Catholic Exchange a sacred trust, as I’ve come to know how much its users are sustained and encouraged by its features and articles.  I want you to know that Catholic Exchange will continue in its faithfulness to the Church’s teachings.  We will speak from the heart of the Church to the hearts of men and women for whom Christ suffered, died, and rose again.

The mission of Catholic Exchange is crucial to how we live individually and collectively.  Evangelization entails allowing God to conform us more and more to the image of Christ; it means demonstrating God’s love to our families, friends, neighbors-and strangers and enemies, as well; it involves witnessing to God’s truth, goodness, and beauty; and it compels us to build a more hospitable, just, and peaceful world for believers and unbelievers alike.

Pope Benedict has enunciated Christ’s call to build a “civilization of love”: “We must have the courage to create islands, oases, and then great stretches of land of Catholic culture where the Creator’s design is lived out.”

That’s what Catholic Exchange has been all about and will continue to be about.

I see the next phase of Catholic Exchange’s life as being directed, particularly, to supplying resources with which to create these islands, oases, and great stretches of Catholic culture.  The web is becoming an ever more efficient means of connecting people with one another and groups with the educational resources to carry out specific missions.

Going forward we hope to offer additional e-publishing resources, webinars, social networking, video conferencing, and more.  I’ll be communicating more about this soon.

Right now I would just like to say thanks to Tom and the Board once again and express how eagerly I look forward to communicating with Catholic Exchange’s large and growing audience.

Every good thing,

Harold Fickett

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  • Tom,
    I’ve been a CE reader since 2004 and looking back over the years, I wish to thank you and your team for putting the fire of our Catholic faith back into my life that had fizzled out by years of corporate life.

    I’m so happy to be associated with you bunch of Evangelical converts to Catholicism who have put the sizzle of the Holy Spirit into my cradle Catholic faith. It’s an irony that the Catholic Church is the original and largest Evangelical Church but Catholics generally are flaccid in their faith, but Protestant Evangelical Churches who are supposed to have less of the Holy Spirit seem to rock.

    Thank you Tom for helping me on my faith journey and God bless you in your interests.

    Congratulations and looking forward to furthering my faith development under your stewardship.

    Happy New Year to everyone…

  • noelfitz

    I am very grateful to Mr Tom Allen and all in CE for the wonderful apostolate in which they are involved. Over the years I have been supported and encouraged by CE and wish it every success in the future. I am particularly grateful to Mary K for her sound and robust contributions.

    I enjoy our lively and spirited discussions, always within commitment to the Church. At times not everyone shared my views, but our disagreements are never personal or lacking in charity. They reflect the universal nature of the Church with different views in politics among faithful Catholics, while our solid shared faith remains the same. However I do hope I have always been fair and straight in expressing my opinions and have never hurt anyone.

    I welcome Mr Fickett as our new leader and am sure he will continue the excellent patterns set by Tom. In CE there are many converts to Catholicism who bring their own insights and traditions to us cradle Catholics. I welcome these, as I also appreciate the loyalty and commitment of cradle Catholics. We may seem a bit casual at times, but like in all good families we basically get on well anmd have deeployalties.

    I am inspired by the remarks of Harold, and hope in the future we will continue exchanging views and encouraging each other and building up the Church.

  • goral

    Thanks to all the staff at CE and a Happy 2010 to all.
    As long as the roots of our wonderful Editor are not severed,
    all is well in the garden.

    Video conferencing? Not sure, some of us are a little camera shy.

  • pfmacarthur

    Thank you to Mr. Allen and welcome to Mr. Fickett! I greatly appreciate being able to be a part of Catholic Exchange.

    Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur