In my previous column, I wrote about living “in between.” A few months ago, Legatus headquarters’ move from Florida to Michigan brought me north to Ann Arbor where I began working for Tom Monaghan’s enterprises in 2001. It was like coming full circle.
Now, it’s become clear that God’s plan is for me to move on. After nearly 12 years with Legatus — and 115 issues of this magazine under my belt as editor — the Lord is calling me to something else. This isn’t the place to write about that “something else,” but suffice it to say that it’s something very good.
Working for Legatus has been a dream come true for me. I came aboard as editor in 2005 just as the Legatus newsletter was becoming a magazine. It was thin and pale. I was given the great opportunity to make it beefy, strong and substantive. I sought to make it engaging, to challenge our readers — Legatus members and other Catholics of influence, including all U.S. bishops. With my team of phenomenal writers and skilled designer, I think we accomplished that.
Along with our magazine, Legatus has grown by leaps and bounds with new chapters springing up across the country. Tom Monaghan continues to work at making Legatus the most influential lay organization in the Church today. That’s a tribute to you — Legatus members. I’ve been privileged to tell your stories for nearly 12 years. You’ve taught me so much, and for that I am eternally grateful. You’ve been a source of blessing and inspiration to me.
The most important lesson here is that God’s plans for us are far more spectacular and beautiful than we could ever imagine. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:23: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”
As we move forward, advancing the New Evangelization together, let’s remember to keep our eye on the goal, as St. Paul reminds us. “Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one” (1 Cor 9:24-25).
Please continue to keep me and my family in your prayers. You, in turn, can count on my prayers for you and for Legatus’ continued growth and success. Thank you for your witness, your passion and your love of our Church and its founder, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.