Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 57, No. 17 Speaker to give firsthand account of trafficking By Maria Guzzo Staff Writer LATROBE — When she was 15, Marlene Carson, Ph.D., said a neighborhood couple befriended everyone, joined the local church, gained the confidence of parents and children, and made their house the “safe spot” to visit. Carson’s parents were shocked when police busted this ideal couple for selling the neighborhood teens, including Carson herself, into prostitution. “The term human trafficking didn’t even exist back then,” said Carson, 55. “It was the neighbors. That’s what they did. They built up our trust; they were there when nobody else was there. They set the stage, and they knew what they were doing.” Carson will be telling her sto-ry, reviewing the signs of traffick-ing and offering prevention tips at the third annual Day of Prayer and Awareness for Human Traf-ficking, Feb. 10, from 1-4 p.m. at Saint Vincent Grove, Latrobe. MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT PRAYING FOR LIFE: Susan Parrish, left, and Rachel Burke, parishioners of St. Raymond of the Mountains Parish, Donegal, pray the rosary as part of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Day of Prayer Jan. 19 at the Bishop Connare Center, Greensburg. For more on this year’s March for Life, see page 5. Salt and Light awards honor good works By Maria Guzzo Staff Writer GREENSBURG — This year’s Salt and Light Award winners have helped food bank clients, coat drive recipients, families and children involved in the church, and people suffering from addictions. Now these winners will be honored for their good works at the 20th annual Catholic Charities’ Communities of Salt and Light Awards Dinner Thursday, April 19, at the Stratigos Banquet Centre, North Huntingdon. The dinner, a fundraiser for Cath-olic Charities, has raised nearly $1.2 million since the first event in 1999. All net proceeds are used to help people in need within the four-county diocese in the form of tempo-rary emergency financial assistance with food, utilities and other essen-Continued on page 3 20TH ANNUAL COMMUNITIES OF SALT AND LIGHT AWARDS DINNER THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 6 P .M. STRATIGOS BANQUET CENTRE, NORTH HUNTINGDON TICKETS: $130 For information about tickets, advertising/ sponsorships and raffle/basket donations, contact Heather Rady, 724-837-1840, ext. 1540, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The annual lists of Lenten activities and dinners will be published Feb. 8. Send information to news@ dioceseofgreensburg.org by Jan. 31. tials. Funds are raised from attendees, sponsorships, and a silent auction and basket raffles held throughout the evening. Paul Whalen, a parishioner of St. Paul Parish, Greensburg, will be hon-ored for humanitarianism. Thomas and Alice Zaucha, parishioners of St. Thomas More University Parish, Indi-ana, will be honored for philanthro-py. The Westmoreland County Drug Overdose Task Force, with a mission to support community efforts to re-duce overdose deaths and substance use, will be honored as the Outstand-ing Human Services Organization. “These individuals and organi-zation are exemplary examples of Catholic stewardship and service,” said Msgr. Raymond E. Riffle, man-aging director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg. “They serve their sisters and brothers in need in our diocese with generosity, charity and justice. But they do this in quiet, unassuming ways; not for any personal recognition. This is true Christian witness in action.” Whalen will be honored for dedicat-ing many hours and years to serving Continued on page 2 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Deacon William J. Hisker is the new director of the permanent diaconate program. PAG E 3 PAGES CS1-CS14 Celebrating staff, students during Catholic Schools Week: Jan. 28-Feb. 3.