Tom Dobbins

Emeritus Board Member (former chair)
Episcopal Region II
New York

Tom Dobbins, emeritus board member and former chair, is the Justice and Peace Coordinator in the Department of Social and Community Development of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York; this Department is responsible for working with the 300 + parishes in the 10 counties of the Archdiocese – encompassing New York City and its northern suburbs - to promote the social mission of the Roman Catholic Church. Dobbins is also the producer of a national radio program on Sirius/XM’s Catholic Channel entitled “JustLove”: a show highlighting “the work of the Church in the world”, including such issues as: domestic anti-poverty initiatives and international aid, migration, refugee resettlement, racial and ethnic equality, and interfaith dialogue. Dobbins is a lawyer by training, but began his career in healthcare administration prior to his working with the Archdiocese in the areas of public policy, prison ministry and social justice education. Dobbins’s current position in the Office of Justice and Peace allows him to wear many different hats in his work, overseeing diverse projects that include: partnering with the Interfaith Center of New York on the Catholic-Muslim Social Services Partnership Program; teaching a full semester course on The Social Mission of the Church to candidates to the Permanent Diaconate at the St. Joseph’s Seminary – Dunwoodie; coordinating the annual Public Policy Forum Day with the New York State Catholic Conference in Albany, and in June 2015 was invited by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs to participate in a Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity held at Castel Gandolfo and the Vatican in Rome, Italy.

He currently also serves on two national boards: The Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors and Good Shepherd Volunteers.

Tom represents Episcopal Regions II and IV covering New York, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.