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Bishop appoints media relations chief for Diocese

YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop David Bonnar of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has appointed Justin Huyck as coordinator of media relations for the Diocese effective Sept. 1.

The coordinator of media relations is responsible for the implementation of communication policies and programs that support the church.

Huyck was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and was raised in New York. He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he studied government, with a master’s degree in theology and liturgy from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Before arriving in northeast Ohio, he served communities in Albany, N.Y.; Kingston, Ontario; and Chicago.

Since 2013, Huyck has served as pastoral associate and director of adult faith formation at St. Michael the Archangel in Canton. At St. Michael’s and in his previous communities, he has supported various aspects of parish life, including liturgy, adult faith formation, retreats, small faith groups, and youth and young adult ministries, as well as pastoral planning and development of parish leadership bodies. He has been an active collaborator and innovator for multiparish, diocesan, ecumenical and interfaith projects.

He is the author of two books of biblical spirituality: “From Home to Home: Finding Meaning in Mobility” and “Baptism: Alive in Christ.”

Huyck is married to Dr. Julia Jones Huyck, associate professor of hearing sciences at Kent State University and program coordinator of speech language pathology and audiology. They have two children.

“Justin’s skill set in written, verbal and interpersonal communication provides the Diocese of Youngstown with the opportunity to proactively promote the work of the church through a variety of communication avenues,” Bonnar said.

“I am grateful that Bishop Bonnar has invited me to support this vision by calling me into this new role. By strengthening our means of communication, the church can give voice to the diverse ways that our parishes and people experience the light of Christ and are called to participate in the Church’s mission of testifying to the light,” Huyck said.

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