"It was one thing to get everyone to focus on getting their finances correct and things reported, but the real challenge is: What can we do to enhance the parish missions and the things they want to do and not have them strapped and focused on bureaucracy?"
"The average pastor's calling was not to run a business. Their calling was to support people, care for people, evangelize."
Before coming to the archdiocese, Straub was part of the senior management team at Kane is Able, a logistics firm headquartered in Scranton, Pa., where he oversaw the operations of multi-site teams and was integral in the firm's expansion in six states. He previously worked at The White House under President George W. Bush serving as director of administration, chief financial officer, and acting chief information officer. Straub has held other operational roles at Harvard University and the U.S. House of Representatives.
A native of Lima, Ohio, Straub said his parents were very involved in their parish. As a child, he was an altar server at his parish and attended Catholic school.
During his high school years Straub participated at the March for Life in Washington D.C. and eventually attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
"We would always go through D.C. and it seemed like a great town and when thinking about schools it seemed like a good option, and then once I learned about Catholic University and attended a few sessions there, it was a no-brainer," he said.
Straub, 44, lives in Cohasset with his wife Elizabeth and their four young children. They are parishioners of St. Paul's in Hingham. Their two school-aged children also attend the parish school there.
Straub said that, despite his professional accomplishments, family and home life remain his top priority.
"If you ask what my passion is in life -- I am one of those guys who no longer have hobbies; my hobbies are my children. That's easy to assume because that's all you can do when you walk in the door, you get swamped by the kids, which is a wonderful thing. I spend every waking hour I can possibly have enjoying that."
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