The diocesan Chancery has begun a gradual return to in-person operations in the Lawrenceville building. Staff photo
The diocesan Chancery has begun a gradual return to in-person operations in the Lawrenceville building. Staff photo
" The Chancery staff worked tirelessly to maintain online communications.  " Joseph Bianchi chief administrative officer
After being closed for nearly four months, the diocesan Chancery began the gradual return to normal in-person operations in the Lawrenceville building July 6.

Most of the 80-plus staff of the Chancery have been working from home since mid-March to guard against the spread of the coronavirus. Since that time, a detailed safety plan has been developed for a return to the building, which includes alternating workdays and hours; staff wearing face masks when they enter the building and in the common areas, and all undergoing temperature screenings upon arrival. In addition, robust sanitizing measures have also been implemented.

For the Diocese’s leadership, the remote arrangement has been a success by any measure. Kevin Cimei, chief fiscal officer, explained. “The Chancery staff did a tremendous job transitioning to remote work with less than a day’s notice — the operations continued, people stepped up.  Our IT updates enabled us to move instantly to work remotely— everyone could log in from any computer and see their work desktop. People didn’t have to go into the office unless there was a physical need, like postal mail or checks, etc.”

Echoing the praise was Joseph Bianchi, chief administrative officer, who remarked, “The Chancery staff worked tirelessly to maintain online communications and livestreaming, as well as responsiveness to all benefits and insurance issues. A high level of service was maintained for all programs, and the resourcefulness of the team has been inspiring.”

Working remotely will continue for days that staff do not report to the office, and visitors and in-person meetings are not permitted at this time. Chancery officials continue to monitor public health guidance and are poised to adjust the workday plan as needed.