Nancy Yuhasz retiring as chancellor of Diocese of Youngstown

Staff report


Bishop George V. Murry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has announced that Nancy Yuhasz will retire July 1 as chancellor of the diocese after 40 years of service.

In 1974, she began at the chancery office as a secretary and was appointed chancellor in 1996. She was the first layperson to serve in the position in the diocese. At that time, only 12 of the 189 dioceses in the United States had laywomen chancellors.

“On behalf of the entire diocese, I thank Nancy for her many years of dedicated service to the Church. She has been an excellent administrator and wise adviser to three bishops and I, personally, will miss her very much,” Bishop Murry said.

Before becoming chancellor, Yuhasz was assistant chancellor and administrative assistant to the late Bishop James W. Malone. She also worked with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and the late Auxiliary Bishops Benedict C. Franzetta and William A. Hughes.

In addition to her canonical responsibilities as chancellor, Yuhasz also was responsible for administration of the Child Protect Policy, media and public relations, human resources, and myriad various additional duties.

Yuhasz earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Youngstown State University and a master’s of business administration degree in church management from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Donaldson, Ind.

“It has been a privilege to be able to work with the clergy, parish staffs and parishioners of our diocese for these many years,” Yuhasz said. “The chancery staff has been like a second family, and I will miss these dedicated individuals with whom I’ve worked.”

Bishop Murry named Monsignor John A. Zuraw as the new chancellor. He has served in parishes and is pastor of St. Rose Church in Girard. Monsignor Zuraw also served in other diocesan positions and is director of the Permanent Diaconate program.

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