New Director sought for Camp Crucis

In September Bishop Iker announced that Marie Cullen, the Executive Director of Camp Crucis, our diocesan summer camp and year-round retreat and conference center, had decided to retire. He said:


A search process is under way for a new Executive Director of Camp Crucis. I am sorry to say that after nearly eight years at the helm, Marie Cullen has submitted her resignation to me, effective Sept. 30, stating that she feels that it is now time for new leadership in this vital diocesan ministry.
We are deeply grateful to Marie for the fine job she has done at Crucis, not least of which was leading us through the very significant expansion of our facilities there after a highly successful capital fund drive. Several new buildings and other enhancements will long stand as a tribute to Marie’s tireless efforts on our behalf. The camp is no longer known as just a summer program for kids, but provides excellent facilities for year-round use for all ages.
Marie also has served in recent years as Director of Youth Ministries and as the trainer in our seminars on the prevention of sexual misconduct. Plans are well under way for finding replacements for her in these positions as well, but it goes without saying that she will be deeply missed in a number of ways.
A word of gratitude is also due to her husband, Jim, who was a partner in every way in Marie’s work at Crucis. We will never know how much hard work he actually put into various projects at the camp, saving us a considerable amount of funds by donating his labors. Thank you, Jim!

A reception in honor of the Cullens will be held at St. Vincent’s Cathedral Church in Bedford, on Sunday, Oct. 10, following Evensong at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited. An appropriate gift to the Camp, in thanksgiving for Marie’s work there, is being discussed by the Board of Managers at this time. If you would like to make a donation for this purpose, please make your check payable to the Diocese, marked "Cullen project," and mail it to 2900 Alemeda Street, Fort Worth, TX 76108.



On Oct. 4, 2004, the Camp Crucis Board of Directors announced that Brian Polley has been appointed Summer Camp Program Director for 2005. A veteran of the Camp Crucis staff and leadership team, Brian is currently finishing studies at the University of Texas in Austin and is scheduled to graduate in December.

Brian's responsibilities will include program and staffing for the summer camp for 2005, and he will report to the new Executive Director when he or she is named.

Applications for the Executive Director position are no longer being solicited. The Camp Crucis Board is in the process of screening applicants and a decision is expected soon.

- updated Nov. 12, 2004