Diocese of Youngstown Launches Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church
Monday, 26 January 2015 00:00

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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor

FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT January 26, 2015
SUBJECT 2015 Liturgy Day

MORE INFO Mr. Pat Palombo  Office of Development/Stewardship 330.744.8451 x325  

Bishop George V. Murry, S.J. of the Diocese of Youngstown will formally kick off the 2015
Annual Bishop's Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church at 10:00 a.m., Monday,
February 2, 2015 with a press conference at the Catholic Charities Regional Agency 319
West Rayen Avenue, Youngstown.

At the press conference, Bishop Murry will unveil the 2015 Bishop's Appeal goal of
$4 million,

the largest one-year goal in the history of the Appeal. With this commitment to Charity and
Church, nearly 50,000 individuals throughout our six-county diocese will benefit from the
services and ministries ranging from assistance with food, utilities and housing, to
supportive case management and social services. The Diocese of Youngstown
encompasses Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull Counties.

The majority of the funds generated through the Annual Appeal directly benefit the services
provided by Catholic Charities. For every dollar raised for Charities through the Appeal, an
additional two dollars is leveraged through other grants, contracts and other revenue sources.

While the vast majority of Appeal dollars are donated by Catholic households, Catholic
Charities serves all qualifying individuals, as resources allow, regardless of their religious

In visits to each of our counties in preparation for the 2015 Appeal, Bishop Murry has
echoed the words of Pope Francis, challenging the Church to be like a "field hospital,
caring for the wounded," reminding us that our "wounded" are the hungry and thirsty; the
homeless and infirmed; the forgotten and abandoned.

The Annual Bishop's Appeal will be announced in parishes the weekend of February 7-8,
with commitment weekend being celebrated the following weekend, February 14-15. The
Appeal will continue throughout the Lenten and Easter Seasons, concluding on
Pentecost Sunday, May 24.

For more information, contact Mr. Pat Palombo, Diocesan Director of Development and
Stewardship or visit www.doygiving.org.

               Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown
 Fact Sheet 

  • Catholic Charities is the administrative arm of the Bishop for carrying
    out the social concerns activities of the Diocese of Youngstown.
  • Rooted in the Diocese of Youngstown’s mission “to minister to the
    people in the six counties of Northeastern Ohio (and) to the world
    community,” Catholic Charities provides services to people in need,
    advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and
    other people of good will to do the same.  Catholic Charities is devoted
    to helping meet the basic human needs, strengthening families, building
    communities and empowering low-income people.
  • Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County, Catholic Charities Regional
    Agency, Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties, and
    Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities are the four member agencies
    of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation.  These
    four member agencies maintain ten service sites from which to provide
    social and housing services.
  • In addition to providing social and housing services, Catholic Charities
    also offers the following: legal immigration services; pastoral outreach to
    migrants and newcomers; criminal justice and detention ministries;
    coordination of minority concerns and racial justice efforts; local
    coordination of Catholic Relief Services and United States Conference
    of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services efforts; local
    coordination of Catholic Campaign for Human Development efforts;
    parish social ministry; education on public policy; and rural life ministries.
  • More information about Catholic Charities can be found on its website: