Fr. Domenic Rossi
Fr. Domenic Rossi
Fr. Domenic Rossi, founder and first Executive Director of Bethesda Project - from 1979 through 1997 - will return to the leadership of this highly successful organization.
Effective July 1, 2010, he
will replace the retiring Angelo Sgro who has served in that position for the past ten years.
Rev. Domenic Rossi founded Bethesda Project, with the help of members of a prayer group at Daylesford Abbey, in 1979.
and friends were responding to the significant message of the prophet Isaiah that to truly please God you must "share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless.
This inspiration coincided with a request from Sister Mary Klock of Mercy Hospice that the group take in and support, on a long-term basis, the still vulnerable graduates of their women's shelter at 13th and Pine.
In 1982, after several years operating in a rented facility, Bethesda Project
purchased and renovated its first permanent home for 16 formerly homeless women at 11th and Spruce Street and the rest, as they say, is history.
Over the next 9 years Bethesda Project
, under the leadership of Father Rossi
, developed and opened five more facilities and ran two Church Shelter programs becoming a leading provider of housing and shelter services to the homeless.
This was all accomplished at a time when there were far fewer resources available for the development of affordable housing for the poor than there is today.
In 1991 Father Rossi
was reassigned by his
Norbertine Order to lead a parish in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Father Rossi returned to the east coast in 1997 to become pastor of St. Norbert Parish in Paoli, PA.
leadership at St. Norbert's resulted in a dramatic increase in membership at the main line parish with a vibrant community of worshipers that has become a major supporter of the work of Bethesda Project
, both financially and in providing a tremendous corps of volunteers.
It was obvious to all that Fr. Rossi
never lost his
commitment to the homeless and his
parishioners were eager to follow his
"It gives me great comfort to know that I am leaving Bethesda Project in the capable hands of Domenic Rossi.
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