Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, Diocesan Administrator, announces that Rachel Hrbolich will assume responsibility for the oversight of activities previously assigned to the Department for Social Concerns, in addition to her role as the Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities. Corresponding with Hrbolich’s administrative appointment, the third floor of the chancery offices will be known as the “Department of Catholic Charities,” effective January 4, 2021.
In addition to her primary responsibilities with the Catholic Charities Affiliate Agencies—Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County; Catholic Charities Regional Agency, serving Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties; and Catholic Charities Serving Portage and Stark Counties—Hrbolich will be responsible for supervising diocesan prison ministry, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and Catholic Relief Services efforts. She will also serve as the diocesan liaison with Catholic health care institutions, nursing homes, and St. Vincent De Paul Societies.
Historically, the Diocesan Department for Social Concerns has served as the administrative arm of the Church for coordinating social service and social action efforts throughout the diocese. Most notably, the department houses the Office of Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation. Much of the department’s work has centered on providing oversight, coordination and support for the work of the Catholic Charities Affiliate Agencies serving the diocese.
Budget considerations and staff adjustments over the past two years have “right-sized” the department to meet the current needs of the Church. The Department of Catholic Charities currently consists of five full-time and two part-time staff members.
“I am thankful for this opportunity, and anticipate the new responsibilities entrusted to me,” Hrbolich remarks. “Having worked in tandem with the previous Director for Social Concerns over the past two and a half years, I am confident in my ability, and in the competence of my staff, to carry out the department’s ministries in a pastoral and professional manner to serve the needs of the church and the broader community.” Hrbolich resides in Newton Falls, where she and her husband and daughter are parishioners at St. Mary and St. Joseph Church. Hrbolich has served the Diocese of Youngstown for 26 years, and has been the Director of Catholic Charities since 2017.