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Kerry Alys Robinson to be New Catholic Charities USA Head

Kerry Alys Robinson, a philanthropist and expert in Catholic leadership, will take over as president and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities USA, the domestic humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in the United States, whose affiliates assist more than 15 million people annually.

“The Gospels call Catholics and all people of goodwill to serve those most in need of our aid,” Robinson said July 25. “The staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities agencies around the country answer that call every day: feeding the hungry, comforting the afflicted, and welcoming the stranger. I am deeply honored and profoundly humbled to be a part of this life-giving mission.”

There are 167 member agencies and 3,900 locations of Catholic Charities in the United States, including five U.S. territories. The organisations work on a variety of initiatives, such as helping migrants and refugees, providing housing assistance, providing disaster relief, providing health care, and training for new jobs.

According to Neal Black, head of the board of Catholic Charities USA, “Kerry’s entire professional life has been devoted to serving and improving our Church.” According to him, the board unanimously and enthusiastically decided to pick Robinson after conducting “a thorough national search.”

After eight years as president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, Sister Donna Markham, OP, is leaving this summer. Markham praised the selection of Robinson.

“I am confident that her visionary leadership, devotion to the Church, and sincere commitment to serving those in need will bring out the best in our staff, volunteers, and supporters,” she said.

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