Elmira resident Tony Barbaro, associate diocesan director for Catholic Charities of Rochester, was honored by the New York State Council of Catholic Charities Directors at its annual convening in Albany on March 12.
Barbaro received the Vincenza DeFazio Award for outstanding contributions to the work of the state’s Catholic Charities directors. The Auburn native has served diocesan Catholic Charities for 27 years. From 1985 to 2003 he was executive director of Catholic Charities of the Southern Tier, overseeing the transformation of the organization into four subsidiaries. Since then, he has been associate diocesan director. Barbaro also served on the state Council of Catholic Charities directors from 1993 to 2007.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College. He and his wife of 42 years, Joyce, have two sons, Christopher and Joseph.
Kathy Dubel, justice-and-peace director for Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler, received the Vincenza DeFazio honor in 2005 with Barbaro serving as her presenter.