Kathy Dubel lauded for longtime service - Catholic Courier

Kathy Dubel lauded for longtime service

Kathy Dubel, justice-and-peace director for Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler, was recently honored by the state Council of Catholic Charities Directors.

Dubel received the Vincenza DeFazio Award in Albany on March 7. The honor is presented annually to a Catholic Charities employee who has a significant record of service with state and national public-policy issues. Dubel has worked for Catholic Charities since 1982.

“I was deeply honored. This is such a wonderful affirmation from colleagues across the state,” Dubel said.

Presenting Dubel’s award was Anthony Barbaro, associate director of diocesan Catholic Charities, who works out of the same Elmira office as Dubel. In his remarks, Barbaro portrayed Dubel as a friend of the poor; a strong advocate on public-policy issues; a community organizer; and a vital contact for parish social-ministry committees. Barbaro noted that Dubel formerly served in the Peace Corps and is currently the volunteer director of Elmira Free Community Kitchen at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, where she is a parishioner.

Also attending the March 7 award presentation was Rochester Bishop Matthew H. Clark, who dedicated his Along the Way column to Dubel in all three regional editions of the March 19-20 Courier. (For the bishop’s text, visit www.catholiccourier.com and click on the “Commentary” tab at the top.)

Dubel holds high praise for Bishop Clark as well, saying that he is “such a strong voice for the dignity of the human person.”

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