Two Mount Alums Named 2012 Washingtonians of the Year
Washingtonian Magazine recently named Msgr. John Enzler, S’73, Catholic Charities president and CEO; and John Kane, C’84, president and CEO of the Kane Company, as “Washingtonians of the Year 2012.”
Msgr. Enzler was recognized for his more than 40 years of experience as a priest, leader and advocate serving the needs of the most vulnerable in our community, and more specifically, for his work in starting many ministries where the need was unmet.
He took over as President and CEO of Catholic Charities in July 2011 and has placed special emphasis on engaging the community, growing the volunteer base and strengthening Catholic Charities infrastructure, stressing our good works in serving our neighbors in need and that we serve everyone, not just Catholics serving Catholics. Under his leadership, Catholic Charities has seen significant increases in fundraising from a wide range of sources, as well as greater community visibility.
“We’re just getting started in how much good the community and Catholic Charities can accomplish together,” said Msgr. Enzler. “As a D.C. native, this is a great honor. And it reflects all the staff, volunteers and especially clients at Catholic Charities who bring the courage and hard work to make miracles happen.”
Msgr. Enzler was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1973 and was named Monsignor by Pope John Paul II in 1985. He is also a Trustee Emeritus at the Mount and served as one of the co-chairs of the university’s successful Generations fundraising campaign — which raised more than $60 million.
Kane was also recognized for the work he performs for others. Kane leads the country’s largest commercial moving company. The Kane Company currently has 11 subsidiaries, and a nonprofit organization, the Kane Furniture Bank — which offers free surplus office furniture and supplies, from chairs and desks to pens and binders, to nonprofit organizations. Since 2011, more than 250 groups have used the service.
The Furniture Bank is one of the many ways Kane gives back. He has served on numerous non-profit boards — including Goodwill Industries, Capital Area Food Bank, and University of Maryland Shock Trauma Hospital. He was a member of the Mount’s Board from 1998-2005, and his wife Mary, C’84, is a current board member. The Kanes feel so strongly about giving back, each of their three children spends a year working for a charity after graduating from college.
"It [the award] reinforces to all of our employees that Team Kane is more than just trying to make money. It's about taking care of those in our community who can't take care of themselves and need assistance to get another chance. We are investors in the community," said Kane.