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Bishop Murry names Carattini as social concerns director Print E-mail
Friday, 09 March 2018 15:02

Following a nationwide search, Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., has appointed Stephen Carattini, veteran businessman and charitable agency administrator, as diocesan director for social concerns effective March 1.


Carattini, who most recently served as chief executive officer (CEO) with Catholic Social Services in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, Canada, had a successful 18-year professional career as an executive in the international transportation and logistics industry before discerning a vocation within the faith-based charitable sector in 2003.

He had also served as CEO for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver, and director of immigration and refugee services with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

In his position as director for social concerns, Carattini will oversee the Offices of Catholic Charities, Social Action, and Hispanic Ministry, as well as the Annual Bishop’s Appeal for Catholic Charities and Church. He will also serve on the Diocesan Administrative Board, a body of leaders in the chancery offices who serve as advisors and consultors to Bishop Murry.

Carattini fills the vacancy left by Salvatorian Father David Bergner, who retired last June, having served as diocesan vicar for social concerns for two years. Rachel Hrbolich, diocesan director of Catholic Charities, had served as interim director of social concerns.

“Mr. Carattini is a proven leader with numerous accomplishments throughout his impressive professional career,” noted Msgr. Robert J. Siffrin, diocesan vicar general and moderator of curia.

“His expertise in strategic leadership and organizational management, along with his understanding of Catholic identity and his passion for Church ministry, will benefit the Diocese of Youngstown,” Msgr. Siffrin commented.

In addition, Msgr. Siffrin said that Carattini will “advance the mission of the Department of Social Concerns: to promote the themes of Catholic social teaching through service, advocacy and convening; to welcome and engage Hispanic Catholics into enthusiastic participation in the life of the Church; and to challenge parishes and individuals to live the Gospel message of love by putting faith into action.”

Carattini’s appointment follows a national search facilitated by Catholic Recruiter Associates of Ridgefield, Conn., and the recommendation of a local search committee of community and religious leaders from across the diocese.

Born in New York City, Carattini grew up in Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, and Iran. He holds a master’s in theology from St. Thomas University in Houston, and a bachelor’s in international relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington.

Carattini and his wife Michelle were married in 1985 and have two children. In the summer of 2012, he walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage through France and northern Spain.


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