Above: Bob Bozek with CMSM Executive Director Fr. John Pavlik at a farewell reception in his honor at the CMSM National Office in July. Bob’s last official day in the office was August 31.
Few of our Conference members have been around for all or even most of the seventeen years that Bob Bozek worked with us. A brilliant, learned and talented man and cleric, Bob contributed immensely not only to the daily work of the Conference but also to such latent tasks that researched and composed documents; responded knowingly to correspondence with the Vatican including officials with such titles as under-secretaries and secretaries and prefects; advised wisely on expressions chosen in official documents; cited the Canon Law codes appropriate to any major development or project; and, perhaps most tellingly, assisted in myriad ways with and remained fully aware of the intricacies of statements and standards and citations regarding our CMSM Instruments of Hope and Healing.
A professional with a perfectionist edge, everything that Bob composed and/or edited was completed to his highest standards. He became the institutional memory of the Conference, often pointing out that before being ordained as a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington his heart had long been oriented to affiliation with the Congregation of the Holy Cross. Even though Bob had served a Cardinal in the Archdiocesan offices and spent some years in Rome, he was content and happy to work diligently for us everywhere, feeling welcomed, respected, and affirmed. He is truly a good, even a great man. We will lament the loss of his institutional memory and his wisdom, but we wish him a happy and refreshing retirement in Florida.
Below are some photos from Bob’s farewell party in late July, at which we also wished a fond farewell to Sr. Grace Hertzog from the staff of our partners at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious who share our common office space in Silver Spring, Md. Bob’s last day was August 31.