Community Forum on the Refugee Crisis
Monday, 10 October 2016 00:00


NEWS RELEASE                144 West Wood Street,
                                                                     Phone: 330-744-8451
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                                                                     Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw, Chancellor


FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT  October 10, 2016
SUBJECT          Community Forum on the Refugee Crisis
MORE INFO      Rev. David Bergner, Vicar for Social Concerns   330.744.8451 

Community Forum on the Refugee Crisis

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in cooperation with the City of Youngstown and the Dorothy Day House, is sponsoring a community forum entitled “Understanding the Refugee Crisis” on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at St. Columba Hall, Youngstown.  This event is free and open to the public.

Youngstown Mayor John McNally will offer a welcome before presentations by the following:   Rev. David Bergner, SDS, Vicar for Social Concerns, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown; Thomas Mrosko, Director of Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland; and a senior official from the U. S. Department of State.  Dr. Tim Francisco, Professor of English at Youngstown State University, will serve as the evening’s emcee. 

A refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Makorobondo Salukombo Dee will reflect on his life as a refugee in Uganda before resettling in Cleveland.  “Dee” is a graduate of Denison University who now works for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Cleveland. This past summer, Dee participated in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro representing Congo.

There are currently 65.3 million displaced persons throughout the world.  Of that total, 25 million have legal standing as refugees and are free to immigrate.  “Understanding the Refugee Crisis” is an opportunity for those who are enthusiastic about the possibility of refugee resettlement, as well as those who may be resistant, to learn more about the issue, ask questions, and engage in civil dialogue.

For more information, contact Rev. David Bergner, SDS, Vicar for Social Concerns, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, at 330-744-8451, ext. 320 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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