July 24, 2022
MORE INFO: R.J. Mangan, Catholic Charities, 330-744-8451, ext.245
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown announces the hiring of Robert (R.J.) Mangan to the newly-created position of Director of Peace and Justice. He began his tenure with Catholic Charities on July 25, 2022.
The Director of Peace and Justice will promote the themes of Catholic Social Teaching, particularly the dignity of the human person, through education, advocacy, and prayer. In this role, Mangan will provide opportunities for the Catholic faithful to engage with various aspects of the Church’s robust social mission, coordinating and collaborating with others of good will to influence public policy for the sake of the common good.
Additional responsibilities to be held by Mangan as Director of Peace and Justice include serving as the diocesan director for local Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) efforts.
Mangan is a graduate of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Theology. Mangan spent a year in the Master of Arts (Philosophical Studies) program at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary from 2018 to 2019. He earned a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College in 2021.
Mangan joins Catholic Charities with experience in history, education, discipleship, and the arts. Previously, Mangan taught Theology and Social Studies as a Faculty Member at St. Hubert’s Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, PA. Mangan’s extensive ministry experience includes participating in Mission Work for Immaculate Conception Church, Berks Catholic High School, and St. Vincent College.
“I am overjoyed at this opportunity to join with the beautiful, Catholic community of the Diocese of Youngstown and to take part in the mission of Catholic Charities. I have worked hard, and many hours, in service to a variety of communities: parishes, nursing homes, college campuses, and high school classrooms, to name a few examples. In my eyes, there is a wonderful opportunity for all of us here in the diocese, should we cooperate with God’s grace in grasping it,” Mangan explains.
Mangan will assume overall responsibility for developing programs and specialized outreach to engage parishes and other diocesan Catholic institutions with the themes of Catholic social teaching; legislative advocacy and public policy; faithful citizenship; justice for immigrants; care for creation; human trafficking; racism, diversity, and inclusion; and other issues concerning the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person. He will serve as a link between the diocese and parish-based social ministry efforts.
“I am excited for R.J. to begin his ministry with Catholic Charities and enhance our current efforts to advocate for those who are poor, vulnerable and marginalized,” states Rachel Hrbolich, Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities. “His role as Director of Peace and Justice will serve as a bridge between the diocese and local community efforts to address injustices and respond to the social issues of our time.”
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown provides service to people in need, advocates for justice in social structures, and calls the entire Church and other people of good will to do the same. The diocesan office is located at 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503. For more information, call 330-744-8451 or visit ccdoy.org