by William A. Donohue
This is the last issue of Catalyst to be released from the league’s publications office in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In a move to consolidate, the publications office will move to New York.
The Catholic League was founded in 1973 by Fr. Virgil Blum, S.J. A professor at Marquette University, Fr. Blum naturally chose the Milwaukee area as the site of the publications office. In 1990, when Fr. Blum died, the national headquarters moved to Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, but the publications office remained in Wauwatosa. Then, in November 1992, the national headquarters moved to its present site in New York City; the publications office remained unchanged.
When I took over as president of the Catholic League in July, 1993, the board of directors closed several chapters around the country that had been funded by the national headquarters and replaced them with volunteer chapters. The Operations Director who worked with the chapters was C.J. Doyle, stationed in Boston. But in the fall of 1994, Doyle left to found the Massachusetts Catholic Action League. That left the publications office as the last remaining satellite office. The move to consolidate, then, is part of the natural evolution of the organization.
The Catholic League has been served with distinction by John Pantuso, the chief of the publications office, and by his staff, including, most especially, attorney Nancy Gannon. Many thanks to all of them for a job well done.Members should send all correspondence to the New York office. We hope that everyone will bear with us while we accomplish this difficult transition.