Two Pittsburgh Catholic leaders given major roles in charity

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In the past month, two prominent Pittsburgh Catholic leaders have taken major roles with Catholic Charities USA, one of the largest faith-based social service networks in the country.

Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh was appointed as a liaison between the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the conference's president, according to a news release issued by the diocese Tuesday.

Ann Rodgers, a spokeswoman for the diocese, says Bishop Zubik's role will be to act as a link between the two Catholic organizations, passing questions, concerns and information from one to the other.

A month ago, Sister Linda Yankoski, president and CEO of the Holy Family Institute in Emsworth, which provides a range of services to families and children as well as substance-abuse and mental health counseling, was elected chair of Catholic Charities USA's Board of Trustees.

Sister Yankoski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, an international women's Catholic order that focuses on families, had been on the board for six years and will be chair for a two-year term.

Sister Yankoski also serves on several local and national boards, including the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Council on Accreditation in New York City and FEI Behavioral Health in Milwaukee.

The Catholic Charities USA website says its agencies serve 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds through an array of housing counseling, family strengthening, disaster response and other programs.

Robert Zullo: or 412-263-3909.

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