About the Author

Jack began his professional career working at an inner city settlement house, The Huntington Family Center, in Syracuse.  Subsequently, he served as the Mayor’s Youth Coordinator, until beginning work on September 1, 1971 with Catholic Charities in Syracuse.  For the past forty years, Jack has continued his association with Catholic Charities in New YorkState, working for the New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops for six years prior to beginning his tenure with the Roman Catholic Diocese of  Rochester.

Highly regarded by his colleagues throughout New York State, and Catholic Charities USA, Jack’s abilities to recall the specifics of the events that helped to shape the Catholic Church in New York and public policy in New YorkState are widely admired.  Jack is quoted as saying that, “It is the rich history and significant contributions made by the New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops that inspired me to write a series of histories.”  Six volumes of the history of the New York State Catholic Conference written with the approval of the Bishops of New York State are presented here, in electronic format to ensure broad access to these works. A seventh history, Spirit Alive! Fifty Years of Consistent Life Advocacy and Parish Social Ministry in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester was written by Jack as a gift to Bishop Matthew H. Clark on the occasion of his thirtieth anniversary as bishop of the Diocese of Rochester.   In 2009, Jack wrote a History of the Providence Housing Development Corporation 1994-2009 on the occasion of the their fifteenth anniversary celebration.  In 2010, he published a History of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester 1910-2010 in recognition of its one hundredth anniversary.

For these works and his contributions to Catholic Charities across the county, Jack was recognized in September 2010, when he was presented a Catholic Charities USA Centennial Medal, given to one hundred individuals or organizations who have contributed significantly to the work of the national organization in its 100 year history.  In March 2011, Jack was presented the J. Alan Davitt Exemplary Service Award by the Bishops of New York State in Recognition of his many contributions to the New York State Catholic Conference.

The Diocesan Board of Rochester Catholic Charities presented him the Bishop Clark Award in September 2012.  He received the Bishop Francis J. Mugavero Award from the New York State Council of Catholic Charities Directors in March 2013.  In December, 2016, Jack received the Father Trott Award presented by Catholic Charities of Livingston County and in March 2018 the Heart and Soul Award from Catholic Charities Community Service.

Jack makes his home in Victor, New York and when not working or writing, he is likely to be found on a golf course.

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