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Sunday February 25, 2018
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Dear Friends:

Yesterday, John Young, president of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Yakima, announced that he is retiring at the end of December. Click here to read a copy of the message that he sent to staff across the Catholic Charities network as well as our own parish leaders.

On a personal note, I would just want to add how much I will miss John.  We've talked off and on for well over a year about his possible leave-taking and his future plans.  John has built a wonderful team here in the Diocese of Yakima and has moved the agency to be one of the largest on the west coast. We're the second only to Seattle here in Region XII – the Pacific Northwest.  In terms of the west, we're larger than Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  There's a few other agencies larger that Yakima in California.  But very few.  

I raise the size, not so much to boast, but to note that for a diocese like Yakima that is one of the most highly Hispanic dioceses in the United States, we have a Catholic Charities agency very much in tune with our local social service and social ministry needs.  Thus our Church also has an agency able to extend our mission in a much larger way than most local dioceses would have here in the West.  

We have John Young and his fine team to thank for extending the love of Christ, bringing hope into people's lives.  You will be reading more in the coming weeks about the transition process as well as opportunities to thank John for his great ministry and wonderful service.

Let's pray for him, his wife Celia and the new transition they'll be making as they move back home to Alabama to be closer to long -time family and friends.

With my every best wish and blessing,

+Bishop Joseph Tyson