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McCullough resigns as head of Catholic Charities

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07261/818505-100.stm

Patricia McCullough has announced her resignation as executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Ms. McCullough has served in that position since March 2006, overseeing the many outreach programs of Catholic Charities. Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Ms. McCullough served as a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.

"When I accepted this position, I made a commitment to stay until the Agency had expanded its outreach to those in need, furthered the collaboration with parishes and community leaders and organized the effort to open the Agency's Health Center," Ms. McCullough said in a statement released by the diocese.

"My commitment to the Agency has been all encompassing. Now that these tasks have been accomplished, I need to devote time to my father who is seriously ill, to my son, a high school senior, and to my daughter, and then consider several political and charitable opportunities which have been broached to me."

The resignation was announced by John D. Goetz, president of the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities.

Mr. Goetz also announced that Susan L. Rauscher has been named interim director while continuing to serve as the secretary for Social Concerns of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She began her tenure with the Diocese as the director of its Office for Social Awareness. Ms. Rauscher has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities since she was appointed to that position by then Bishop Donald W. Wuerl in 2002.

Catholic Charities provides leadership in mobilizing the resources of Catholic parishes and the wider community to serve the needs of families and individuals, regardless of their religious affiliation in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties.

Catholic Charities serves an estimated 90,000 people annually in Southwestern Pennsylvania through child-care support, counseling, refugee placement and housing for the homeless.

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