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Catholic Charities’ annual gala is the agency’s signature fundraising event enabling staff to continue its crucial work.  Save the Date for the 2022 Gala – April 3, 2022, held at DeSales University.

As we celebrate together, in the midst of God’s many blessings, we congratulate this year’s honorees, Frank J. Ford and Monsignor Robert J. Wargo. Both these humble servants set a remarkable example to all of us by generously and compassionately opening their hearts to those in need.

Save the Date, April 3, 2022!!

We’re Back!!!  and very excited to be able to come together again for the 2022 Gala on April 3, 2022 at DeSales Universtiy!

More information to follow…stay tuned!!

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Ticket sales will begin in the new year, January 2022.

Stay tuned for more ticket information.

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Reverend Monsignor Robert J. Wargo 
Pastor Emeritus, St. Joseph the Worker, Orefield

Monsignor Wargo was born in Williamsport, PA.  He attended St. Canicus School, Mahanoy City, and Immaculate Heart High School, Ashland.

He studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary near Philadelphia. He was ordained a priest in 1972.

The new priest’s first assignment was as assistant pastor, St. Patrick, Pottsville.  He also served as Regional Director of Vocations, West Schuylkill County; Assistant Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown; Pastor of Immaculate Conception, St. Clair; Pastor of Sacred Heart, Palmerton; Diocesan Vocations Director; and was name Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker in 1990, where he served until his retirement earlier this year.


Frank J. Ford

Mr. Ford serves as President of St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus.  He joined the network in 1997 and has held a number of roles in both finance and executive administration, which have included President of the Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s, Chief Financial Officer of St. Luke’s Hospital – Miners and Quakertwon Campuses, President of St. Luke’s Allentown Campus and President of St. Luke’s Sacred Heart Campus.

Prior to joining St. Luke’s, Mr. Ford held financial management positions at Mack Trucks, Inc. and Crystal Brands Retail.

Mr. Ford is a native of Allentown and graduated from DeSales University with a B.A. in Economics and Lehigh University with a Master os Business Administration.  He also serves as a trustee of DeSales University.

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