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Archdiocesan news briefs for November 2021

Barry University president gets contract extension

Mike Allen, president of Barry University.

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Mike Allen, president of Barry University.

MIAMI SHORES | The Barry University Board of Trustees has granted a new 10-year contract to President Mike Allen, the institution’s seventh president. Allen joined Barry in July of 2019 and has skillfully marshaled the university through the worst of the health crisis, never pausing its forward-moving progress, while laying an impressive framework for the future, according to a statement issued by the university. This new agreement follows three consecutive academic years of freshman enrollment growth and incredible achievements for the institution. Barry is listed as one of the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Social Mobility among National Universities and was named one of America’s Top Colleges in 2021 by Forbes.



Child welfare group joins CarePortal

MIAMI | St. John Neumann’s Hope, Heart & Home ministry is now a registered partner on a new child welfare platform, CarePortal. This new statewide initiative pairs families in need of assistance with local faith institutions and community organizations who can help meet specific requests. CarePortal works this way: A caseworker enters a request for a foster family on the platform. Recent requests have been for items such as diapers, a bunk bed frame and a crib. The request goes out to all the churches registered on the site near the foster parents' zip code. The church’s CarePortal administrator relays the need to those in the network, then responds to CarePortal with the part of the request the church can meet. John Gentile is Hope, Heart & Home’s CarePortal administrator. Those who are interested in helping with requests can reach out to him at [email protected]