Mary Mancarini Campbell named executive director of USCCB national collections

Mary Mencarini Campbell has been named executive director of the Office of National Collections of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She has served as interim director of that office since November 2013 and as director of Catholic Home Missions since 2011. She succeeds Patrick Markey, who stepped down in 2013. The USCCB Office of National Collections manages special collections held in U.S. parishes throughout the year.
“Mary Mencarini Campbell has served the bishops with extraordinary dedication for almost a quarter century in various responsibilities. The energy she continues to bring to the essential work of the National Collections, her love of the Church’s mission, and her commitment to the countless people served by those collections, are a true gift that demonstrate her generous service to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Msgr. Ronny Jenkins, general secretary of USCCB, who made the appointment.
Mencarini Campbell has worked at the USCCB since April 1990. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. She is a lifelong parishioner of the Archdiocese of Washington and has served as a parish catechist and as a member of the alumnae board at Elizabeth Seton High School. She is a contributing author to “Living Justice, Proclaiming Peace,” published by the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, and speaks and presents on topics related to Church fundraising, the home missions, domestic poverty and Catholic social teaching.
U.S. dioceses participate in 14 national collections approved by the USCCB for specific needs of the Church. These collections are taken up in parishes often as an additional collection after the Sunday offertory. Eight of the collections are the responsibility of the Office of National Collections: the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, the Church in Central and Eastern Europe, the Catholic Communication Campaign, the Church in Latin America, Peter’s Pence, the Catholic Relief Services Collection, and the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.

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