Ministries

mINISTRIES AT THE DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN

A diocese is a portion of the Lord’s Vineyard which the Pope entrusts to a diocesan Bishop. Serving six counties in Northeast Ohio, the Diocese of Youngstown offices labor under the stewardship of Bishop David J. Bonnar. Diocesan offices support ministers and ministries in our parishes, schools, charities, and Catholic lay organizations to cultivate the fruits of faith, hope and love. Some of our ministries are required of every Roman Catholic Diocese, such as Archives and Finance. Other ministries are appointed by the Bishop to serve particular needs of our faithful or our communities. Our main offices are located next to the Cathedral of St. Columba in Youngstown. To learn more about each of our ministries, click the links below for resources and announcements.

Learn more About Our mINISTRIES

Chancery

Office of the Bishop

Coordinates the schedule, projects and priorities of the Bishop.

Office of the Vicar General | Special Projects and External Affairs

The two Vicars General are the primary contacts for diocesan personnel and policy. Msgr. John Zuraw serves as moderator of the Curia, appointed to oversee the management of the diocesan offices. Msgr. Robert Siffrin manages relationships with other Catholic entities in the diocese as head of special projects and external affairs. 

Office of the Chancellor

The official record keeper manages and reports official diocesan statistics and collections.

Communications Department

Amplifies the voice, plans and priorities of the diocese through press releases, multimedia content, social media, print magazine, podcasts, Cathedral filming, and website management.

Diocesan Archives | Curator of the Patrimony

Collects, preserves and makes available the permanent and official records of the diocese–its people, parishes, churches, institutions and association—including after church closures.

Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

By praying, studying and working together with the leadership and people of non-Catholic communities, they increase unity among all people of faith.

Ministerio Hispano

Supports Hispanic/Latino Catholics in the Diocese, providing information and Masses in Spanish and events focused on Hispanic/Latino life and culture.

Rural Life and Ministry

Collaborates with county farm bureaus and fair boards to identify and serve spiritual and social justice needs in rural communities.

Safe Environment | Child Protection

Promotes safety, healing and justice by coordinating compliance with training and background checks of staff and volunteers at all diocesan entities, investigating claims of abuse, and providing assistance to victims. 

Missionary Discipleship

Office of Youth & Young Adult Accompaniment

Strives to form disciples for Jesus Christ through a ministry of presence, programs, and missionary service.

Canonical Services

Office of Conciliation | Matrimonial Dispensations | Tribunal | Appellate Section of the Tribunal

Led by the Judicial Vicar, this department oversees matrimonial permissions, dispensations, invalidity, and conciliation; clergy applications for dispensations from the obligations of Holy Orders from the Holy See; and other matters of Canon Law.

Clergy & Religious Services

Office of Clergy & Religious Services | Continuing Formation of Clergy | Priest Personnel

Responsible for all matters pertaining to clergy and vowed religious including assignments, retirements, serving outside the diocese, leave of absences, sick leave, attending to the needs of senior priests, and processes of incardination or excardination.

Vocations

God continues to call men and women of all walks of life to accept His invitation to lovingly serve the Church and His People in many different ways. Contact this office to explore how God could be inviting you.

Permanent Diaconate

Supports Permanent Deacons in their active involvement in community, in their outreach to the poor and the marginalized, and in their fostering of the Eucharistic communion of the Church, to sacramentalize the Church’s service.

Vowed Religious

The primary point of contact for Vowed Religious serving in the Diocese of Youngstown. Consecrated Life is to mirror Christ’s way of life, which is a rich manifestation of Gospel values. 

Pastoral and Educational Services

Office of Catholic Schools

Provides leadership, support, and supervision for our 25 Catholic schools and seven Early Childhood Centers to be an integral, viable element of the diocesan mission of education.

Office of Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Provides resources, consultation, networking for catechists, recruitment, and oversight for lay ecclesial ministers in all areas of parish life. 

Ministry with Persons with Disabilities

Supports efforts towards the inclusion of all people in sacramental preparation, liturgical ministries, and community building.

Diocesan Library

Offers books, DVDs and audio books about bereavement support, bible study, devotionals and prayer.

Campus Ministry

Serves various Catholic, private, and state colleges and universities through providing opportunities for worship, service, spiritual formation, and education.

Office of Worship

Enables the People of God to better celebrate the presence of Christ in worship and sacraments. Coordinates ordination ceremonies and other special liturgies at St. Columba Cathedral.

Office of Worship | Music

The goal of the musical branch of the Office of Worship is to provide any and all musical support to priests, parishes, and music directors in the diocese.

Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry

Provides coordination and information for marriage preparation, enrichment, and pro-life advocacy.

Development & Stewardship

Annual Diocesan Appeal

Continues to provide resources for Catholic Charities outreach and support the faith of all parishioners through our many diocesan ministries.

Diocese of Youngstown Foundation

Advances Christian stewardship by promoting legacy gift opportunities and by offering prudent financial practices that together provide funding for the long-term needs of the diocese.

Propagation of the Faith and Missions

Encourages all Catholics to join in the Church’s mission to bring Christ to all nations (ad gentes) and by witness to the Gospel to bring all nations together as one People of God. We encourage membership and participation in the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Financial Services

oFFICE OF fiNANCIAL sERVICES

Responsible for the financial and administrative services and operations of the diocese, including the central offices, parishes and institutions. 

Information Technology

Ensures the security and integrity of digital information including administering accounts, servers, and hardware for diocesan offices.

Social Services

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown

Through tangible assistance and other essential services, Catholic Charities extend the love and compassion of Jesus Christ to those who are poor, vulnerable, and without hope. Serves as the point of contact for Catholic health care centers and St. Vincent dePaul Societies.

Office of Peace and Justice | Prison and Jail Ministry

Serves as the point of contact for ministry with incarcerated people, pro-life ministry, Catholic Relief Services, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Cemeteries

Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services

Catholic Funeral & Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown (CFCS) is a charitable organization founded in faith and dedicated to providing education, support and professional services. We have four convenient locations throughout the Diocese of Youngstown.

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