New executive director named for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet

Kathleen Langdon has worked at the agency for 9 years

Kathleen Langdon was recently named the executive director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet.

Langdon has served as director of development and communications and also as the interim executive director after executive director Glenn Van Cura left in January. She has worked at the agency for nine years.

The Rev. Ronald A. Hicks, bishop of Diocese of Joliet and the Catholic Charities board of directors both spoke highly of Langdon in a news release from Catholic Charities.

“Ms. Langdon sees her work as her vocation,” Hicks said in the release. “She is passionate about the mission of Catholic Charities and has a very strong Catholic identity.”

David Pezza, board of directors chairperson, praised Langdon’s work in both of her previous roles.

“The Board is confident that she will continue to display strong leadership and carry Catholic Charities forward in pursuing its mission and expanding its reach to those in need,” Pezza said in the release.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet provides programs and services to those who live on low-incomes in the following counties: DuPage, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall and Will.

The agency operates two homeless shelters and seven Head Start centers. The agency also provides counseling, disaster relief services, senior services, as well as support for immigrants and services for veterans.

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Denise M. Baran-Unland

Denise M. Baran-Unland is the features editor for The Herald-News in Joliet. She covers a variety of human interest stories. She also writes the long-time weekly tribute feature “An Extraordinary Life about local people who have died. She studied journalism at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, now the University of St. Francis.