Rev. Monsignor Robert J. Siffrin, Diocesan Administrator, announces a new Director of Development and Stewardship. Mr. Lucas (Luke) Politsky has been promoted to serve as Director starting in January 2021, having served as the Office’s Fund Development Specialist since 2018.
As Fund Development Specialist, Luke has worked closely with donors, parishes, diocesan ministries, the Diocese of Youngstown Foundation, and the Diocesan Stewardship Commission to promote stewardship as a way of life through a variety of initiatives, programs, and campaigns. In addition to continuing these activities, the Office of Development & Stewardship under Luke’s leadership will regain oversight and administration of the Annual Bishop’s Appeal, previously the responsibility of the Department fro Social Concerns since 2015.
Luke’s academic background includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership, all from Youngstown State University, Williamson College of Business Administration. He is a member of the International Catholic Stewardship Council and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Mahoning-Shenango Chapter, which he serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
Luke’s background in fundraising includes an internship with the Youngstown State University Office of University Development and past service as President of the Poland School Foundation for Educational Excellence. Before his professional services to the diocese, Luke was employed in a variety of roles at Youngstown State University and continues as a part-time faculty member in the university’s Honors College.
A resident of Poland, Luke is a member of St. Columba Cathedral Parish, Youngstown and Holy Family Parish, Poland, which serves in in a variety of liturgical and spiritual formation ministries. He also serves on the Youngstown State University Newman Center Board of Advisors. Luke was recognized as a Mahoning Valley Young Professional 25 under 35 Honoree in 2018. Mr. Patsy Palombo, previous Director of Development & Stewardship, retired from his position in June 2020 after 40 years of service to the diocese.