What a joy it has been to review my first year as president of CNEWA and reflect on the many blessings this year has brought to all those we are able to serve throughout our world. The boundless generosity of our donors and benefactors has enriched so many.

For me personally, one of the great gifts of this year has been the opportunity to travel to the regions CNEWA serves and to meet those carrying out so many great acts of love. What a privilege to see firsthand the great work being undertaken on behalf of the Holy Father. In the short videos throughout this consolidated Annual Report, you’ll be able to witness some of those journeys. I hope that you will get a sense of the enthusiasm and faith that I experienced. It really is keeping alive the spirit of Pentecost!

It is a spirit — or rather, the Holy Spirit! — that reassures all of us of God’s abiding presence, and that offers to all of us gifts of consolation, wisdom and hope.

Thank you for sharing in that spirit with me — and for sharing your prayers and your gifts. Thank you, most of all, for sharing in this great adventure that is CNEWA.

Know that your intentions are remembered in countless prayers whispered by me, and by so many others you may never know: men, women and children whose lives and futures have been transformed because of your love. On behalf of all of them, and all of us in the CNEWA family: Thank you! May God bless you for your kindness and generosity.

Msgr. John E. Kozar