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TMO commends Bishop Italo Dell'Oro's work with Parishes

Jessica Yang

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HOUSTON, TX — The Metropolitan Organization or TMO commended the bishop-elect Italo Dell’Oro’s efforts with the Hispanic community. TMO is an organization of institutions devoted to developing power and leadership among citizens in order to transform the city.

Ana Guerrero Cummings from TMO said, “Bishop-Elect Dell’Oro understood the importance of the 2020 Census and encouraged the faithful across the Archdiocese to complete it. He opened the door with clergy for TMO leaders and organizers to educate and encourage people in 25 parishes to complete the Census. He made a big difference in promoting the Census in a very challenging year.”

Dell’Oro made a public service announcement video in Spanish, in which he explained the importance, safety and confidentiality of the 2020 Census. He also encouraged everybody to participate so all communities would be fairly represented by elected officials and funding properly allocated to the communities to fulfill the real needs of communities.

TMO Organizer Joe Higgs said, “Bishop-Elect Dell‘Oro has a passion for inviting and including immigrants and those on the margins into the full life of our parishes and community. He has a warm and welcoming heart that inspires people to love and have confidence in the Church and their own ability to take action on behalf of their family and community.”

Dell’Oro’s involvement with TMO started in 1992, when he became pastor of Assumption Church. He developed a team of leaders who spoke both English and Spanish leaders to work together for the parish. Moreover, Dell’Oro was also actively working with TMO to organize non-partisan Candidate Accountability Sessions where candidates running for office were presented with the TMO agenda of issues. The Bishop-Elect wanted people to acknowledge what was going on and to be informed about issues as they prepared to vote.

“My husband George Zuckero and I were leaders with TMO at the time and together with Bishop-Elect Italo, we worked to build up a diverse team of leaders at Assumption,” said TMO’s Damiana Zuckero, Assumption Catholic Church. Zuckero also added that Dell’Oro is a perfect choice for bishop and is a wonderful and holy priest.

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