A Farewell to Vanessa

Dear Friends of Faith Connections,

Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt, the Program Director of Faith Connections, has accepted a position as the Manager of Mission and Values at Providence Healthcare beginning March 20, 2017. Though we are saddened at her leaving, Vanessa goes with our blessing and our prayers for her and her family as she navigates this transition. The presence and collaboration of our volunteers is even more necessary in the days ahead.

We at Faith Connections will miss our valued colleague and dear friend as we reflect on the many gifts she has brought to this ministry: intelligence, joy, creativity, theological expertise, organizational and administrative skills. And that is just the beginning of the list!

Please pray that we may find a suitable, capable young adult to enable Faith Connections to continue to thrive. A job description is available below and the application process is in motion.

— Sister Mechtilde O'Mara, CSJ - Ministry Director, Faith Connections, and
— Leanne Kloppenborg - Administrator, Fontbonne Ministries


My heart is filled with gratitude for eleven years of grace; March 13, 2017 will be my last day at Faith Connections (although I am confident that I will not be a stranger to this wonderful ministry).

It is an honour to be the new Manager of Mission and Values at Providence Healthcare. As some of you may know, Providence was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and their legacy and values remain a core piece of Providence’s identity. My role will be to continue to integrate this mission, vision, and heritage into Providence’s day-to-day operations.

As with all new beginnings there is some mourning. Being the Program Director of Faith Connections has been a great joy! I have loved every minute of serving the young adult community – being with you, dreaming with you, laughing and crying with you, planning and working with you. Thank you for blessing me with your confidence and friendship. I would also like to thank all of you who have supported and worked with Faith Connections. I have learned much from our collaborations and enjoyed embarking on new challenges together.

I ask for your prayers for both Faith Connections and myself in this time of transition; and I will definitely be praying for all of you. I look forward to continuing to make “faith connections” with you in the future.

Faith Connections will continue to offer all its regular programming and I know it will continue thrive with the wisdom of the Sisters and the energy of the staff and volunteers.

— Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt

If you know anyone who might be a great Faith Connections’ Program Director please encourage them to apply: here is a link to the full job posting.