Diocese Appoints Lavelle Director of Stewardship and Development Business Journal Daily
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Bishop David J. Bonnar, Bishop of Youngstown, has appointed the Most Reverend John-Michael Lavelle as Director of Stewardship and Development. He will remain Vicar for Missionary Discipleship and Pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in Canfield.
Under Father Lavelle’s leadership, the Office of Stewardship and Development will continue to develop and direct the Annual Diocesan Appeal: One in Hope, One in Mission, as well as the Diocese of Youngstown Foundation. Additionally, with the assistance of a fund development specialist who will be added to the staff in the coming weeks, the office will coordinate donation and grant opportunities for the diocese, parishes and schools. The office will also serve as a resource to direct parishes and schools for assistance with various fundraising campaigns.
Lavelle was appointed Vicar for Missionary Discipleship in 2021 and serves on the Diocesan Board of Trustees, the Diocesan Presbyteral Council, the Youngstown Diocese Foundation, and the Regional Catholic Charities Agency Board. He was named Acting Director of the Annual Diocesan Appeal in 2022 and previously served as Pastoral Director of the Youngstown Catholic Television Network, among other roles. He was ordained in 2000 and has served as pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Ravenna, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Niles, and as an associate pastor at Saint Mary Parish, Massillon, and Saint Christine Parish. , Youngstown.
Lavelle holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University, a master’s degree in divine and religious education from Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, and a doctorate in ministry from Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland.
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