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Catholic Charities' executive director departs as agency expands its mission

Published Sep. 13, 2018

Times Staff Writer

Mark Dufva, executive director of Catholic Charities, is no longer on the job. The announcement came on the very day of a groundbreaking ceremony for the agency's first affordable housing in Citrus County.

Catholic Charities president Frank Murphy said Dufka's Sept. 7 departure followed a recent review. Dufka had been with Catholic Charities in the Diocese of St. Petersburg for four and a half years.

"It was agreed upon," said Murphy, who announced the decision in a letter to Catholic Charities' board and employees. He said the agency will conduct a search for a replacement and currently doesn't have anyone in mind.

Murphy said Bishop Gregory Parkes, who was installed head of the diocese that spans Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties almost two years ago, has set several goals for Catholic Charities as part of diocese's "courageously living the gospel" mission.

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In his letter announcing Dufva's departure, Murphy described him as "a man of true faith" who "felt it was time to transition leadership" during the bishop's "new vision moving Catholic Charities to become more focused on building Catholic Impact Initiatives in partnership with parishes across all five counties."

Murphy said Catholic Charities, which has a $10 million annual budget and runs 27 programs, will expand its focus in the areas of affordable housing, helping refugees — many of whom have settled in Hillsborough from Iraq, Iran and Syria in recent years — and the homeless.

Contact Waveney Ann Moore at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283. Follow @wmooretimes.

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