During a June 22 luncheon hosted in the Diocesan Chancery, Lawrenceville, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and Chancery staff bid farewell to Stephen J. Nicholl who retired after 12 years of service as diocesan director of development.
“Steve came to the Diocese at the right time,” Bishop O’Connell said of Nicholl.
“Thanks to his energy and enthusiasm, the Diocese launched its largest and most comprehensive capital campaign ever, ‘Faith to Move Mountains,’” the Bishop said. “He provided both the motivation and the inspiration to so many of our donors and pastors, leading the campaign to an unparalleled goal. His faith-filled approach to our Annual Catholic Appeal also yielded great success on behalf of diocesan ministries.”
“In addition to his fundraising expertise, Steve is a man of great personal faith and that was evident in everything he did for the Diocese,” said Bishop O’Connell. “He will be greatly missed in his retirement but he leaves behind a wonderful staff who will carry the torch forward competently and successfully into the future.”
Nicholl came to the Diocese in 2011 with more than 30 years of professional management and fundraising experience including marketing, community and government relations. As the director of the Diocese’s Development efforts, he shepherded the Annual Catholic Appeal, but also spearheaded other fundraising initiatives. Most importantly, he dedicated himself to establishing relationships with the parishes, offering guidance and support as they worked to fulfill their fundraising efforts.
Nicholl grew up in Hazlet and was a member of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel. He currently lives in Succasunna with his wife, Eileen, with whom he shares two children and four grandchildren.