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YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop David Bonnar has established a new Department of Communications for the Diocese of Youngstown, effective July 1.

Bonnar has integrated all communications and publishing operations, including internal and external communications, as well as operations and personnel of the Catholic Exponent (the diocesan newspaper) and the Catholic Telecommunications Network of Youngstown (CTNY, the diocese’s radio, television and multimedia ministry).

Official said the consolidation of CTNY with the diocese’s social media efforts was previously announced in September 2021, with a new social media studio in the diocesan offices in Youngstown to replace the former CTNY studios in Canfield.

In February 2021, Bonnar named communications as one of five priorities for the diocesan church in his pastoral letter, Testify to the Light, with a mandate to establish an integrated communications approach and a focus on social media engagement.

Bonnar said the Department of Communications is charged with innovating the diocese’s print, digital, television and radio presence, building upon the award-winning legacies of CTNY and the Catholic Exponent.

“In my inaugural pastoral letter I identified communication as one of five priorities as we move forward together. It is imperative that we utilize every means possible to proclaim what Pope Francis calls the Joy of the Gospel and invite people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ who is always with us on the way. We cannot allow Jesus or his continued presence in the Church to become muffled or irrelevant. I am excited about the team we have assembled for this effort.” Bonnar said.

Concurrent with the establishment of the department, Bonnar announces the appointment of department personnel:

• Justin Huyck as director of communications. Huyck will assume overall responsibility for the Department of Communications, developing and implementing communications policies and programs that support the diocese and its parishes, schools, and departments implementing. He will continue to serve as the chief point of contact with.

• Katie Wagner as publications editor and associate director of communications. Wagner will lead the diocese’s efforts in innovating its print and digital publishing, building upon the 77-year history of the Catholic Exponent.

• Cindee Case continues as social media minister for the Diocese of Youngstown, leading the diocese’s efforts on social media. In her role, Case develops creative content on various social media platforms, accompanies those who engage with the diocese on social media, and provides social media formation for leaders in parishes and schools.

• Robert Gavalier joins the department of communications as the diocese’s senior multimedia production specialist, after having served CTNY for over 25 years, most recently as general manager.

• Meagen Farrell joins the diocese as communications specialist. She will participate in various communications projects, especially in supporting internal communications between the diocese and parishes and providing training as communications platforms are developed.

• Rev. James Korda will continue as host of the radio program Wineskins, after retiring as president of CTNY in July 2022, thus continuing his 30-year association with diocesan media. Wineskins is streamed online at www.doy.org.

• Brother Dominic Calabro of the Society of St. Paul, will continue to serve as productions assistant for various diocesan initiatives and event coverage. He also served CTNY for over 25 years.

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