Longtime Catholic Charities Champion Honored with the Vincenza DeFazio Award

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Ros -Award Recipient  

R-L: Catholic Charities Associate Executive Director, Talia Lockspeiser & Vincenza DeFazio Award Rcipient, Mary Ellen Ros 

By Zachary Davis 

Albany: The New York State Council of Catholic Charities Directors honored long time Catholic Charities employee Mary Ellen Ros, for her 20-plus years of service on February 10th.  Ms. Ros was given the Vincenza DeFazio Award for outstanding contributions to the work of New York State Council of Catholic Charities Directors. The award is named after a Catholic Charities attorney who tragically died in June 1992 after 17 years of helping those in need.

The award was presented to Ms. Ros by Catholic Charities Associate Executive Director Talia Lockspeiser, who delivered remarks on behalf of Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. “My congratulations to Mary Ellen Ros for this award – well-deserved for many reasons. In particular, Mary Ellen’s competent, compassionate, professional work has literally enabled thousands of families to receive the assistance needed to rebuild their lives after 9/11 and Super Storm Sandy.  Her ongoing efforts in offering strategic and operational support to Catholic Charities agencies and programs in the lower Hudson Valley continue to positively impact the lives of our neighbors in those communities.  So many are better for her work.”

Ms. Ros, who is currently serving as Manager of Special Initiatives providing consultant services to Hudson Valley agencies within the Catholic Charities Federation, is a fitting recipient. Her vast 20-year career within Catholic Charities of New York has led her to truly live out Catholic Charities’ mission of providing help and creating hope. Ms. Ross started with Catholic Charities in 1998. Since then, she has held numerous positions including Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services, through which she oversaw services in the areas of eviction prevention, food security, employment, and immigrant services. She was responsible for implementing the agency’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Ms. Ros has also worked as Director for Hudson Valley Services and has managed the New York State Disaster Case Management program covering 34 counties affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, as well as the 13 New York counties affected by Super Storm Sandy.

Catholic Charities of New York congratulates Ms. Ros and thanks her for her service to New Yorkers in need. She has impacted countless of communities and her work will continue to inspire Catholic Charites staff for years to come.


NOTE: The award reception is part of the Council’s two-day convening February 10-11, in Albany, in which Catholic Charities personnel from throughout New York State advocate with elected and state agency officials on important issues of concern to the poor and vulnerable.

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