Woohoo! 3 of Catholic Charities’ Finest Named Among 2018 Bronx Power 50

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Congratulations – and Well Deserved!

Here’s a huge shout out to three of Catholic Charities NY’s finest!  City & State, the NYC-based political journalism magazine, celebrated them yesterday, September 26, 2018, at the Wave Hill public garden and cultural center among the top 50 movers and shakers in the Bronx.  Our Top Three include Bishop John Jenik, vicar for the northwest Bronx.  And they include David Shuffler, executive director of our Catholic Charities NY affiliate, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice as well as Dianne Johnson, our Catholic Charities director of outreach services, each named for the second time to this honored group.  Woohoo!

Why were they chosen?  That’s easy – Please meet them now:

Bishop John Jenik has served as the vicar for the Northwest Bronx since 2006. When The New York Times profiled him in 1996, he was leading masses and vigils in a bulletproof vest on the borough’s most heavily drug-trafficked streets in an effort to reduce crime. More than 20 years later, he still fighting for the borough’s denizens. He made news last year for helping to reopen some of the borough’s streets to be used for recreation.

David Shuffler heads Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, an organization that has been dedicated to rebuilding the neighborhoods along the Bronx River and in the South Bronx for nearly a quarter century. The organization emphasizes political education and organizing, as well as youth and community – and spiritual – development. Shuffler’s organization, which is part of the South Bronx River Watershed Alliance, has also been outspoken about the need to overhaul the Sheridan Expressway.

Bronx resident Dianne R. Johnson is the director of community outreach services for Catholic Charities Community Services, an agency of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York. Under her leadership, a food hub opened in the South Bronx in 2016. The hub serves as a distribution center for fresh produce being delivered to soup kitchens and other, smaller operations that help Bronxites in need. In 2016, Johnson spoke on a United Nations panel discussion about poverty and homelessness.

A shout out also to Catholic Charities Bronx Regional Director Fr. Eric Cruz stood among five speakers chosen for the event. 

Congratulations, Dianne, David, John and Eric.  We’re proud of you and honored to have you on our Catholic Charities team.