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Litz Main to serve as Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8/18/2023

Litz Main will serve as Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri’s next Executive Director, beginning September 18, 2023.

The Board of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri has selected an experienced charities professional to serve as the agency’s next Executive Director. Litz Main will begin her work on Monday, September 18.

Litz Main (pronounced LEE-tz MAY-n) comes to Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri from her current position at Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, where she is the Director of Language Services.

Main is bilingual in English and Spanish and looks forward to incorporating her life experiences with her work in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Her innovative approach and strong background in business administration has helped expand the charitable outreach and language services of her current agency. In accepting this position, she will relocate to central Missouri and is excited to bring her gifts and talents to this community. She said her dedication to charity and mercy is motivated by her Catholic faith.

“My Catholic background and relationship with God have always been at the center of what I do. It is inspiring to see how Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri serves as a beacon of hope in this community, delivering services with compassion and reflecting the love of Jesus,” said Main.

“I am excited to lead Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri,” she shared, “I look forward to using my experience to help strengthen the work of this very important agency.”

Main will replace Sr. Kathleen Wegman, who was appointed as interim executive director in early April.

“We are incredibly thankful to Sr. Kathleen Wegman, SSND for her leadership of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri during the interim. Her commitment to serving those in need helped ensure the agency remained focused on our mission as we conducted a national search for our next executive director,” said Mike Maag, President of the Board for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.

“We are thrilled that Litz Main has chosen to come help us take our agency to the next level,” Maag continued, “We know there are great needs in our community for charity and mercy and I am confident that Litz is the right person to help us meet these needs.”

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is the charitable arm of the Diocese of Jefferson City. The agency responds to the needs of people in 38 counties regardless of faith, culture or situation. In 2022 the agency provided services to more than 6,000 individuals across a variety of programs, including mental health, housing and financial counseling, food security, health and nutrition education, disaster preparation and response, family reunification through immigration legal services, and refugee resettlement.

“I welcome Litz Main to our diocese and I thank her for taking on the responsibility of leading Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri,” said the Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight, Bishop of Jefferson City.

“Charity and mercy are central to our identity as Catholics. The work of this agency is an important part of our service and ministry as a diocese,” he continued, “As the new executive director, we will look to Litz for leadership as we seek to express this merciful aspect of our spirituality. Please join me in praying for her success as she begins her service.”

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO), an entity of the Diocese of Jefferson City, responds to the needs of people in 38 counties regardless of faith, culture, or situation. Catholic Charities provides services including mental health, housing and financial counseling, food security, health and nutrition education, disaster preparation and response, family reunification through immigration legal services, and refugee resettlement. For more information, visit cccnmo.diojeffcity.org.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Ashley Wiskirchen

Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri
awiskirchen@cccnmo.org
MEDIA CONTACT:
Jacob Luecke

Diocese of Jefferson City
jluecke@diojeffcity.org