Directors Appointed to Run CNEWA Operations in Northeast Africa

NEW YORK — Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of CNEWA, announced the appointment of Argaw Fantu as regional director for CNEWA activities in Ethiopia, replacing Gerry R. Jones, who has concluded seven years of distinguished service to CNEWA and is now entering into retirement. “We are most grateful to Gerry and his family,” Msgr. Kozar said, “for sharing his talents and dedication to the church of Ethiopia with us.”

“Argaw brings many talents and a breadth of experience in his new role as our regional director,” said Msgr. Kozar. “But more impressive than all his experience and talents is his profound display of faith. Argaw considers himself a missionary, and he has invited his wife and two young children to share in this ministry. We look forward to his great service.”

Based in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, CNEWA works through local church networks, providing schooling and hot meals to needy children; formation and education for seminarians, religious sisters, priests and members of the laity; and support for the elderly, the poor and the disabled.

Msgr. Kozar also confirmed Sister Lettemarian Mogos, D.C., as regional director for CNEWA’s efforts in Eritrea. “Sister had undertaken this role provisionally in some very challenging circumstances,” Msgr. Kozar said, “and her dedication, honor and service are profoundly appreciated. I have just returned from Eritrea,” he continued, “and experienced firsthand her love of the church and her desire to serve the poor. CNEWA is blessed.”

An agency of the Holy See founded in 1926, Catholic Near East Welfare Association works for, through and with the Eastern churches to identify needs and implement solutions.

Contact: Michael La Civita
Chief Communications Officer
Tel: (212) 826-1480, extension 550

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