Catholic Charities and Social Concerns: About Us

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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)
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.”

Office of Catholic Charities and Social Concerns

422 Washington Street
Steubenville, OH 43952-5969
Phone: 740-282-3631
Fax: 740-282-3327
Toll Free: 1-800-339-7890 (Ohio only access)
Michele Santin, MA, PCC, LSW 
740-282-3631  ext.122
Ruth Ann Turner
Executive Secretary
Social Services Coordinator
740-282-3631 ext. 121
Services Offered
Catholic Charities offers emergency assistance and referral to diocesan-wide social services agencies.
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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