The Good News: October 2023


World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the missions and missionaries of the world, will be celebrated on October 22 this year. This collection on the second-to-last Sunday in October is a unique, global effort for the entire Church to provide for the building up of more than 1,000 local churches in Asia and Africa, the Pacific Islands,  and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help, and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace. Visit


Davis shakes hands with the deacon, while receiving his scouting award.
Davis Young of Christ the Servant parish in Canton receiving the Pope Pius XII award. Photo by Cindee Case.

The Diocese of Youngstown’s Catholic Committee on Scouting invites all Scouts to consider earning their Catholic religious awards. These awards are available for all ages and genders and include the BSA’s Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards and the USGSA’s Family of God, I Live My Faith, The Spirit Alive and The Marian Award. The Catholic Committee on Scouting has resources available to any Scout who wishes to pursue these awards. For more information, email Bob Granchie at


The diocese still has a limited number of tickets available to the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis next summer. This 10th congress will be held July 17 to 21, 2024. Diocesan tickets include a five-day pass to the NEC and hotel accommodations. In order to receive a free ticket, you must register through Corporate Travel for hotel reservations and travel accommodations. For more information, email

Maddie DiSalvatore working as a youth minister
Maddie is pictured on the far right.

Madeleine “Maddie” DiSalvatore is the diocese’s new director of Youth and Young Adult Accompaniment, Discernment, Formation and Missionary Discipleship. With DiSalvatore’s appointment, the Department of Missionary Discipleship will expand to include accompaniment, outreach and programming with high school youth and young adults in their twenties and thirties. She will also establish a strategic plan and oversee the diocese’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Council, coordinate established and new youth and young adult ministry events, support parish youth ministers in collaboration with the diocesan Office of Lay Ecclesial Formation and more. DiSalvatore comes to the diocese after serving as campus minister at John F. Kennedy Upper School. She is a graduate of Walsh University and was actively involved in the youth ministry core teams at her home parish of Our Lady of Peace and at Saint John School, both in Ashtabula. Maddie is pictured above, doing youth ministry work, on the far right. 

The Department of Missionary Discipleship also recently welcomed Michael Houy, who previously served as an intern for Catholic Charities and has been hired as the department’s fund development specialist. Other new hires in the diocese include James Chismar and Tom Onestak, who have joined the Financial Services Department as parish auditors. Welcome, all!

Father Jonah Pollock, O.P., has been named Chaplain and director of campus ministry at Youngstown State University. Bishop Bonnar expresses his gratitude to Father Allan Moran, O.P., provincial prior of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, for presenting Father Jonah for this ministry, and to the Dominican Friars for their ongoing ministry in the Diocese of Youngstown. Father Jonah professed simple vows as a Dominican friar in 2004 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2009. Among his pastoral assignments, Father Jonah has served as a parochial vicar at the Church of St. Mary in New Haven, Connecticut, and at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena in New York, New York, then as a hospital chaplain for the Dominican Healthcare Ministry in New York City and more recently as director of that ministry.  


In addition to Catholic Charities’ #GivingTuesday campaigns and events, the diocese is also taking part in and facilitating parishes’ involvement in the international fundraising day on November 28. Parishes, schools and diocesan Catholic organizations can register to participate in this day of fundraising through #iGiveCatholic, and it is free of cost—with all donations going directly to the organization. #iGiveCatholic provides resources and online help to walk organizations through the registration process, but you can also contact Michael Houy (, to help you set up your online giving profile and secure offline giving envelopes for your parish, school or organization. Registration closes on November 3.


Judges walk in procession during the 2022 Red Mass
Photo by Cindee Case

The annual Red Mass for judges and attorneys is on Friday, October 13, at noon. This year, Father John Sheridan, who recently received his cannon law degree, will be the homilist and Bishop Bonnar will be the celebrant. The location for the Mass was still undecided at press time, so visit for more information. RSVPs are required by October 4. Contact Mary Fioramonti at to RSVP.

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