Fr. Mario Dorsonville Named Vice President of Catholic Community Services and Director of Spanish Catholic Center

February 17, 2005

Reverend Mario Dorsonville, a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington who has served most recently as parochial vicar of St. Mark the Evangelist in Hyattsville, MD, has been named Vice President for Mission of Catholic Community Services (CCS), the region’s largest non-government provider of social services, and as Director of the Spanish Catholic Center (Centro Católico Hispano). The appointments went into effect last week.

Fr. Dorsonville was named vice president of CCS by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, who established CCS in July 2004 to serve as the parent corporation for four of the Archdiocese’s social service agencies: Catholic Charities, Spanish Catholic Center, Anchor Mental Health and the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute. Together, these agencies provide a broad range of social, educational and medical services to 120,000 people in the Washington metropolitan area.

Ed Orzechowsi, president/CEO of CCS, welcomed Fr. Dorsonville to his new assignments, “I am very pleased that Cardinal McCarrick named Fr. Dorsonville as vice president for mission, and am happy Father accepted my request to serve also as executive director of the Spanish Catholic Center. He brings with him tremendous energy, a commitment to serving the people and a strong knowledge of the needs of the community.”

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Fr. Dorsonville was ordained in 1985 as a priest of the Archdiocese of Bogotá. He served as an associate pastor, pastor and high school and university chaplain in Bogotá. He received his licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá in 1991, and a doctorate in ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1995. While completing his doctorate, he assisted with Hispanic ministry at Good Shepherd and Christ the Redeemer parishes in Northern Virginia from 1992-1994. He briefly returned to Bogotá to serve as chaplain for the National University of Colombia from 1995-1996. From 1997-2004, Fr. Dorsonville was associate pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda, MD. In 1999, he was incardinated as a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and in 2004, was named parochial vicar of St. Mark in Hyattsville.

The Spanish Catholic Center, established in 1967, provides medical, dental, immigration, legal, education and social services to over 40,000 clients, primarily new Latino immigrants in Mt. Pleasant, Gaithersburg and Langley Park.

Susan Gibbs
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