Amy Jo Hutchison has been named development director of the Franciscan Renewal Center.
She will provide leadership for the planning, organization, and implementation of the FRC’s fundraising and development activities, according to a press release.
Prior to joining the FRC, Hutchison was executive director of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Cave Creek, where she led a successful $25 million capital campaign for a campus rebuild, including a new school, church, and administration/faith formation building.
“We are delighted to have the talent and wisdom that Amy Jo provides our community,” said FRC Executive Director Charles Brown. “From our first meeting I knew the Holy Spirit was involved and the FRC would be the beneficiary of a great leader with compassion, focus, and faith. The entire Development team of Heidi Dwigun, Paula Tobin, and Amy Jo understand our Franciscan Way of valuing the dignity of each person.”
Hutchison brings 20 years of experience serving in the non-profit sector, working in hospice, hospital systems, Catholic nonprofits, and the Catholic Church.
“It is with a grateful heart I have been given the opportunity to join the Franciscan Renewal Center,” said Hutchison. “It is exciting to participate in the Franciscan model of doing the impossible and growing in my spiritual life. I look forward to sharing my work experiences and absorbing 70 years of knowledge of serving people seeking healing and growth in our beautiful desert.”
A native of Phoenix, Hutchison was raised in Oregon on a remote farm in the Willamette Valley and returned to the Phoenix area in 2011. She and her husband are thankful for their multigenerational family that includes their 5-year-old foster daughter, Hutchison’s widowed father, and their Great Dane, Blue.
The Franciscan Renewal Center was founded as a Catholic retreat center, called Casa de Paz y Bien, by the Order of Friars Minor in 1951. Still affectionately referred to as the Casa, the Franciscan Renewal Center remains an active religious community that seeks to follow in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.
Learn more at thecasa.org and connect on social media: TheCasaFRC.
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