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VMM Hires New Executive Director

Greendale, WI, February 14, 2011

The Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM) is excited to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director.  Vic Doucette has been the Director of Programs & Publications for the National Federation of Priests' Councils (NFPC) in Chicago since 2002. He has produced 18 publications and DVDs and the quarterly newsletter, Touchstone. He has experience in business and development, training, grant writing, cultivating sponsors and creating marketing materials.  He has coordinated 41 programs and symposiums to date for over 2,000 people across the country, and in 2008, he chaired the planning committee for the National Ministry Summit in Orlando where over 1,200 lay and clergy leaders gathered to look at the future of the Catholic Church and parishes. He has taught English at an orphanage in Peru; worked in a clinic in Ghana, and participated in a medical mission in Bolivia.

In addition, he has collaborated with many other organizations across the country such as the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, Catholic Relief Services, Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, the National Association for Lay Ministry and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management on wide variety of major events and projects. Doucette has also been Director of Youth Ministry and Adult Education at several Catholic Parishes in Wisconsin and Illinois.  He holds a Master's Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago and is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Doucette is also Charter Board Member of The Upper Room (a national telephone counseling service for priests), Chairman of the Board for Still Point Theater Collective, and a Consultant with The 8th Day Center for Justice, Chicago. 

VMM is an international, independent, ecumenical, lay missionary movement rising out of the Roman Catholic social justice tradition. The mission and vision of VMM emphasize our belief in the equality of all peoples and a commitment to sustainable change through social justice efforts. Founded in 1969 by Edwina Gateley, VMM recruits, trains, and supports missioners who are committed to sharing their lives, resources and skills as they collaborate with overseas project partners to promote peace, social justice and human empowerment of the poor and marginalized. VMM missioners become community resources during their terms of service; the transfer of skills from one person to another is a fundamental way of giving witness to VMM's vision of "Working Together in a Divided World." In 41 years, more than 2,000 missioners have served in 26 countries on five continents.

If you would like more information on how you can become involved with VMM and its work, please contact Jennifer at vmm@vmmusa.org.

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