YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Parishioners of Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church are saying farewell to a beloved leader of their congregation.
Father Gregory Maturi is leaving after six years. Sunday marked Maturi’s last mass at the south side church.
Maturi helped start “Operation Redemption,” a project to reduce crime on Youngstown’s south side. The organization was born out of the 2010 shooting death of Angeline Figmonari in the parking lot of the church. Other deaths and violence followed Figmonari’s shooting, prompting Maturi to start a grass-roots effort to get state and federal help in fighting crime.
The church also worked with the city of Youngstown to get rid of abandoned homes in the community.
After Sunday’s mass, Father Maturi held a reception where he spoke with members of the church.
“Every day was something different. You never know what the next day would bring. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve fed, we’ve shared, we’ve driven around the city trying to help problems,” said parishioner Victoria Allen.
In the catholic community, priests are assigned to new locations every six years. Father Maturi says his new location will not be Youngstown, but he will know the specifics later this week.
Maturi said he is sad to leave but is following the Lord’s plan.