YOUNGSTOWN -- Brian R. Corbin, executive director of Catholic Charities Services and coordinator of health affairs for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, has been elected chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops national advisory council. Corbin has been a member of that body since 1999 as the lay male representative from Region VI, which includes Ohio and Michigan, and served as national secretary in 2002.
The council formed in 1968 includes bishops, priests, women and men religious, permanent deacons and laity. A lay man and woman from each of the 14 regions are elected by each region's bishops.
Corbin, of Youngstown, has served as diocesan director of the office of social action, department of Catholic Charities Services, since 1987 and serves as the national chairman of the management and administrators section of Catholic Charities U.S.A.
Funds for charity
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has given an extra $200,000 to Catholic Charities for emergency assistance needs in the six-county diocese. Allocations are: Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County, $30,000; Catholic Charities of Portage County, $30,000; Catholic Charities Regional Agency, serving Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, $90,000; Catholic Charities of Stark County, $30,000; and Catholic Charities Housing Opportunities, $20,000.
The $200,000 grant comes from regular diocesan reserves.
"The weak economy has created an extraordinary situation that has resulted in job loss and pay cuts for many working people," Bishop Thomas Tobin said. "The purpose of the emergency assistance grant is to help Catholic Charities meet the immediate needs of new client families affected by the current economic conditions, and assist them in planning for the future."
YOUNGSTOWN -- Trinity United Methodist Church will have its monthly video club Feb. 14. A covered-dish supper will be at 6 p.m., and the video, "The Early Church From the Executions of Peter and Paul in Rome to the Death of Augustine in North Africa," will be at 7 p.m. Discussion to follow. (330) 744-5032.
CANFIELD -- A Christian silent retreat for women, "GodQuest," will be April 6 to 8 at the Ursuline Center. The retreat offers time to be alone with God and to prayer, journaling, Scripture and nature. The reservation deadline is March 19.
Other retreats are May 2 to 4 at Spruce Hill Inn and Cottages in Mansfield and Nov. 7 to 9 at River's Edge Inn in Huron. Call (330) 832-3400.
Music, youth programs
FARRELL, Pa. -- A musical program will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at New & amp; Living Way Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ. Musical guests include Sister Dorothy Chester and the New Gospel Ensemble. The church will have a youth conference at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 and 22 and 5 p.m. Feb. 23. There will be local speakers, music and mime shows each night.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A satellite seminar on "Developing Leaders" will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Church Presbyterian. Advance registration is requested so materials can be prepared. Call (330) 782-2611.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown's office of youth and young adult ministry is taking nominations for the fifth annual presentation of the Eagle of the Cross Awards. The award from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry is the highest recognition a diocese can give high school juniors and seniors. Nomination essays must be received by March 7. Call (330) 744-8451, Ext. 281.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Monsignor Michael Cariglio has been appointed judicial vicar and director of the department of canonical services for the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, effective July 1. Monsignor Cariglio serves as adjutant judicial vicar. He will succeed Monsignor William Connell.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Fifth Avenue Community Church will present a program for couples starting Friday with a catered Valentine dinner. The Rev. Dwight Dumas and his wife, Lori, will conduct a marriage seminar next Saturday. On Feb. 16, participants will walk down the aisle to renew their vows. A professional harpist will accompany the ceremony and a professional photographer will be on hand. The cost is $60 per couple for the weekend. Call (330) 746-6677.