Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA, released the following statement on the passing of Steve Saldana, CEO of Catholic Charities of San Antonio

Jul 06, 2012, 12:12 ET from Catholic Charities USA


ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The Catholic Charities community mourns the loss of a dear friend and lifelong advocate for the poor with the passing of Steve Saldana.  After Steve's battle with lymphoma came to an end on Thursday, we remember his fifteen years of service at Catholic Charities of Antonio, filled with passion and dedication, touching the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need.

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"While Catholic Charities of San Antonio delivered a comprehensive and diverse set of essential social services throughout Steve's tenure, he was instrumental in establishing Catholic Charities of San Antonio's leadership in disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and in the operation of the nation's largest refugee resettlement program, resettling more than 800 refugees per year.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family, the family with whom he served at Catholic Charities of San Antonio, and the families and communities he touched on a daily basis through his service."'

About Catholic Charities USA:
Catholic Charities USA's members provide help and create hope for more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. For almost 300 years, Catholic Charities agencies have worked to reduce poverty by providing a myriad of vital services in their communities, ranging from health care and job training to food and housing. In 2010, Catholic Charities USA celebrated its centennial anniversary.






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