FADICA official named to head Boston College 21st-century Church center

BOSTON (CNS) - Erik Goldschmidt, executive vice president of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, known as FADICA, has been named director of Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center.

He succeeds Robert Newton, special assistant to the president who has been interim director for the past 18 months.

Goldschmidt, who took up his new post last month, was a graduate student at Boston College when the center was established in 2002. Calling the center "a gift to the Church and to the Boston College community," he said it "has successfully balanced theological engagement and pastoral need."

The center has explored four focal issues since its founding - handing on the Faith, especially to younger Catholics; relationships among laymen and women, deacons, priests and bishops; sexuality in the Catholic tradition; and the Catholic intellectual tradition.

At FADICA, Goldschmidt coordinated the organization's work with a younger generation of foundation leaders, managed the planning of a conference on Catholic philanthropy and assisted in identifying foundations with a focus on Catholic giving.

He holds master's and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from Boston College, master of divinity and bachelor's degrees from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., and a master's in teaching from the University of Portland, Ore.

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