|August 10, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 14 • Oakland, CA|
Leadership changes at Berkeley's School
of Applied Theology
Generations of leadership of the School of Applied Theology were honored at a transition ceremony May 20 that celebrated the retirement of Jim Briggs, who has served as the school's executive director for the past five years, and the hiring of Carrie Rehak, who will assume the post this month.
The school, which conducts sabbatical programs for priests, religious and lay people, offers yearlong and summer programs, as well as shorter "breaks" particularly for those ministering in the Bay Area.
Briggs presented a model of the Golden Gate Bridge — which serves as a symbol on the school's logo — to Rehak.
"I'm looking forward to building on Jim's many contributions," Rehak told the gathering.
Rehak, who has served as director of campus ministry at Holy Names University, graduated with her doctoral degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
She told The Catholic Voice she looks forward "to continuing to build excitement for SAT's vision, programs, and successes: that is to nourish, nurture, and support inspired and inspiring ministries in the Bay Area and beyond. It feels like a perfect fit between my gifts and SAT's offerings: to minister to ministers, lay and religious, to serve those who are in service to others, servant leaders and agents of liberation and transformation."
Briggs said he leaves after his five-year term, with "extreme gratitude." His time at the school has "truly been a blessing in my life."
"This place has woven together so many threads of my past life," he said, citing his 46 years of administrative responsibilities in higher education, including 22 years at Santa Clara University.
His gratitude, he said, extends to those who have come to the school; people "who have given their all to their ministry."
Briggs' dozen grandchildren showed him a little gratitude of their own, flocking to hug him after he received a blessing from Father Mario Prietto, SJ, who had baptized many of them.
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