New CEO appointed to the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People
Friday, 21 April 2023
L-R: Br Seán Kelly (Provincial Minister), Mr Brian Friel and Br Kevin Kiernan (Capuchin Day Centre)
The Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless has announced the appointment of a new CEO following an open recruitment campaign led by Crowe Consulting.
The new CEO, Mr. Brian Friel, comes to the Day Centre with extensive experience in the homeless sector including almost 15 years working as part of the senior management team at Peter McVerry Trust and having previously volunteered in the Day Centre earlier in his career.
The Provincial Minister of the Capuchins in Ireland, Br. Seán Kelly, welcomed the appointment: “Both the Friars and the Board of Management of the Centre are delighted to have secured someone of Brian’s standing in the homeless sector to drive the ongoing work and continued development of the Capuchin Day Centre. His broad experience and established capacity in the homeless sector coupled with his previous affinity with the Capuchins makes him an ideal fit for the role.”
Br. Kevin Crowley, who founded the Capuchin Day Centre in 1969 and retired last year at 87 years of age, sees the appointment as a necessary step to ensure that the work he began almost 54 years ago on behalf of the Irish friars continues to meet the needs of those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
As the current Capuchin director in the Centre since Br. Kevin’s retirement, Fr. Kevin Kiernan also welcomed the appointment: “Given that the Day Centre remains a key apostolate of the Irish Capuchin Franciscans, the friars will always play an active role in the day-to-day life of the Centre and the appointment of a new CEO will ensure that we continue to pair the values and ethos of the Capuchin Franciscan Order with best practice in service provision.”
The new CEO will formally take up the post on 1st July 2023.