Former financial consultant named personnel director
Cathy Larson returns to serve diocesan human resource needs
By Jeff Kurowski
Compass Assistant Editor
"It's like coming home," said Cathy Larson in describing her new
position as diocesan director of personnel. Larson, who has her MBA
from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, previously worked for
the Diocese of Green Bay as a financial consultant in the
department of Finance and Accounting.
"I missed working for the church," she said. "I wanted to come
Larson served as a corporate recruiter/employee relations
specialist at Nsight, parent company of Cellcom, before rejoining
"I was only there for four months, but it solidified me in human
resources," said Larson. "I did hiring, disciplining and,
unfortunately, terminating. It's a good company, but the context
was different. That common thread woven in the church was not
there. I have a real tie to the Catholic Church of Green Bay and
what it stands for."
"Cathy certainly brings many credentials and a real commitment
to the church," said Msgr. John Dewane, diocesan Vicar for
Administration. "She understands what it means to be Catholic and
has a sensitivity when working with people."
In her new position, Larson will not only serve personnel and
human resource needs on the diocesan campus, but will also be
available to assist parishes.
"We are looking to expand that office to work more closely with
the parishes and provide workshops," said Msgr. Dewane. "Cathy's
consulting experience will help in serving the parishes."
"I've been to 48 parishes and went back to several for second
visits," said Larson, who is originally from Racine. "It's
comforting knowing people. There are so many great people working
in the parishes."
"I almost look at it (director of personnel) as a financial
consultant," she continued. "It's taking legal requirements and
diocesan requirements and balancing that with the pastoral
Larson's past professional experience also includes working for
Sargento Foods. Serving the diocese offers benefits not found in
the private sector, she said.
"Profits, money and finances drive businesses," she said. "This
church is not only half people, but half Holy Spirit. We take a
look at budgets, but we also look at the people side of things.
There is a great staff here. The synergy of people here working
together is exciting."
"Everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging," she continued.
"It's nice to see familiar faces and to meet the new people. When I
drove into the parking lot on my first day back, I thought to
myself, 'I used to park here.' It was such a good feeling. I'm so
glad to be back."