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How many poor people there still are in the world! And what great suffering they have to endure! After the example of Francis of Assisi, the Church in every corner of the globe has always tried to care for and look after those who suffer from want, and I think that in many of your countries you can attest to the generous activity of Christians who dedicate themselves to helping the sick, orphans, the homeless and all the marginalized, thus striving to make society more humane and more just.

- Pope Francis
(Address of Pope Francis)

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Steubenville serves God’s people in need in our local community, and seeks to form a more just society through various outreach and advocacy activities.
Special Events
25th Annual Health Attachments Conference, November 23-24, 2015. Click here for more information.

Mission Statement
“The mission of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Steubenville is to serve God’s people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures and to call all people of good will in our communities to do the same.”
Services Offered
Catholic Charities offers emergency assistance and referral to diocesan-wide social services agencies.
Diocesan Catholic Charities Board
The Diocesan Catholic Charities Board has been in existence almost as long as the diocese itself.  Current members are:
  • Michele Santin, Director of the Office of Family and Social Concerns (Catholic Charities)
  • Ruth Ann Turner, Diocesan Social Services Coordinator
  • Msgr. John C. Kolesar, Pastor of St. Casimir Parish, Adena, and St. Adalbert, Dillonvale
  • Fr. Wayne Morris, Pastor of Corpus Christi, Immaculate Conception, Saint Michael, and Saint Stephen in Noble County
  • School Sister of Notre Dame Joan Marie Van Beek, Director of Sacred Heart Retreat House, Torch
  • George Bain, Athens
  • Bernard Brandon, Jacobsburg
  • Yvette Nau, Caldwell
  • Elane Renzelli, Wintersville
  • DeDe Kidder, Toronto