Cardinal appoints two new members to cabinet

BRIGHTON — Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley appointed two new members to the Archdiocese of Boston’s administrative cabinet, according to a July 18 statement. Sister Marian Batho, CSJ will fill the newly created cabinet position of secretary for regional services and Scot Landry will be the secretary for institutional advancement/chief development officer.

Sister Marian will assist the cardinal in his goal to streamline and decentralize the archdiocese’s administrative structure, the statement said.

“The major focus of my ministry will be serving the people of the archdiocese at the parish level,” said Sister Marian. “Vibrant parish life is central to the cardinal’s goals for the future of our archdiocese.”

Sister Marian will also continue her service as delegate for religious. She has been the primary liaison for the more than 2,800 men and women religious in the archdiocese.

“We witness our faith at work through the ministry of Sister Marian, who brings a lifelong commitment to the people of the Church, as well as a wealth of experience and wisdom,” said Cardinal O’Malley in the statement. “We are also extremely grateful for Sister Marian’s insights and participation in the financial operations review project during this past year and her tremendous respect for and dedication to this important work.”

Sister Marian has also served as the special events coordinator for the archdiocese, overseeing activities celebrating the Jubilee Year in Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Regis College in Weston and earned two masters degrees in financial services and management from American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. She is also a former president of Aquinas College in Newton.

Landry, who will begin his role as secretary for institutional advancement/chief development officer on Aug. 1, will be responsible for raising funds to benefit the archdiocese’s many different ministries and agencies including the Annual Catholic Appeal, Leadership Advancement Services, Parish Stewardship and communications.

“I love the Church and am excited to serve Christ in this way together with Cardinal Seán, the cabinet, development team, clergy, deacons, religious and other lay leaders,” he said in the statement. “We welcome all who are willing to generously share their talents and resources to assist the Church in passing on our great faith, celebrating the sacraments and serving those in need.”

Landry co-founded the Boston Men’s and Women’s Conferences which were attended by over 8,500 Catholics in March. He has previously served as chief operating officer in the computer software and services industry and has overseen national brand marketing programs. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College.

“We look forward to welcoming Scot to the archdiocese as he brings significant business sector experience to his new position,” said Cardinal O’Malley. “Scot’s deep faith and commitment to the good of the Church will serve us well as we continue our efforts of rebuilding the Church of Boston. His ministry will play a key role in enabling us to continue and strengthen the important programs which are central to our mission in serving the needs of Catholics throughout the archdiocese.”

Landry is originally from Lowell and currently resides in Belmont with his wife and children, including a newborn son, Dominic, who arrived the day after his father’s new job was announced.

The streamlining of the archdiocese’s administrative structure has included the consolidation of positions of the cabinet. The first of those occurred over a year ago when the positions of the communications secretariat and public relations secretariat were merged into one position. The positions of pastoral services and ministerial personnel secretariats were merged on July 1.

These appointments are part of the ongoing restructuring of the cabinet, the statement said.

In the statement, Father Richard Erikson, vicar general and moderator of the curia said, “These appointments reflect Cardinal Seán’s sincere efforts to enhance lay and religious ministry and leadership in the archdiocese.”

Other recent appointments include Father Erikson as vicar general and moderator of the curia and James McDonough as chancellor of the archdiocese.