Father David J. Bergner Named Vicar for Social Concerns
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00


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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT May 5, 2015
SUBJECT         Father David J. Bergner Named Vicar for Social Concerns for Diocese
                        of Youngstown 

MORE INFO     Monsignor Roert J.Siffrin Vicar General, Diocese of Youngstown
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The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, has
appointed Reverend David J. Bergner, SDS, PhD, MSW as Vicar for Social Concerns for
the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Father Bergner will begin his tenure with Catholic
Charities on July 1, 2015.

A priest of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians), Father Bergner has devoted a
significant portion of his life and ministry to the work of Catholic Charities. He earned a
Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and a PhD in social work
administration from the Catholic University of America. In addition to service with Catholic
Charities organizations in Washington, DC, Wilmington (DE), Richmond (VA), and
Milwaukee (WI), Father Bergner served for 20 years as a United States Naval Reserve
chaplain.

He also held various leadership positions within the Society of the Divine Savior. As
provincial, he worked as part of a management team responsible for the operations of his
religious order and its charitable works, including the placement of 105 priests and
religious brothers throughout 23 archdioceses and dioceses in the United States,
Tanzania, Italy and the Philippines.

Father Bergner is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the
Academy of Certified Social Workers, and Catholic Charities USA.

"I am both pleased and privileged to welcome Father Bergner to the Diocese of
Youngstown," states Reverend Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, Vicar General and Moderator of
Curia for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. "His entire career has been spent serving
and advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable people at home and around the globe.
His pastoral and executive leadership, as well as the wealth and diversity of his
professional experience, are tremendous assets that will help to further the mission of
Catholic Charities in our diocese to serve the needs of the poor and marginalized."

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is the administrative arm of the Bishop for
carrying out social concerns activities, and shares the mission of Catholic Charities USA:
to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call
the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same. Catholic Charities is
devoted to meeting basic human needs, strengthening families, building communities, and
empowering low-income people.

For more information, contact Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin at 330-744-8451. 

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