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Catholic Charities Welcomes New Executive Director

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach is pleased to welcome a new Executive Director of the agency. Francisco (Frankie) Chevere, J.D., was recommended as Executive Director by the search committee of the Board of the Directors and appointed by Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach. . 

Mr. Chevere holds a B.A. in Economics and Government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has a background in labor and employment law, organizational management, strategic planning, fundraising and program implementation. Mr. Chevere recently relocated to South Florida from Puerto Rico where he served as Executive Director for Puerto Rico Trade & Export Co., located in San Juan. During his four-year tenure as Executive Director, Mr. Chevere was responsible for numerous government programs and agencies that created and expanded small and medium-sized enterprises and promoted the development of entrepreneurs. 

Additionally, Mr. Chevere served for many years as Partner in the Law Firm of McConnell Valdes, LLC., and also as Special Counsel for Morell Bauza & Dapena, LLC. Until recently, he served on the Caritas de Puerto Rico (Catholic Charities of Puerto Rico) Board of Directors. He also acted as a Legal Advisor to the Executive Director of Caritas de Puerto Rico since 2011, providing legal advice on procedures to seek legislative funds and other legal issues, and recently co-chaired a logistics committee to administer Disaster Relief funds for persons impacted by Hurricane Maria. Mr. Chevere lives with his wife in West Palm Beach and has three sons, two of whom also reside in South Florida. 

In a statement released by Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach, welcoming Mr. Chevere, Bishop Barbarito said, “We offer a warm welcome to Francisco Chevere as the new Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Palm Beach. Frankie brings with him a great deal of professional expertise, a rich cultural and educational background, enthusiasm and strong personal commitment to the mission of Catholic Charities. These gifts will enable him to be a great asset to Catholic Charities’ most important work of reaching out to those in need of assistance in various ways throughout our five counties. We look forward to collaborating with him and wish him all God’s blessings.”

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Inc. is a comprehensive nonprofit family service organization with offices located in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River. Established in 1984, the agency’s mission is to serve and advocate on behalf of those who are most poor and vulnerable in the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach through 15 programs and ministries.


About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach provides 15 social services and ministries throughout 8 locations in the Diocese of Palm Beach. Established in 1984, Catholic Charities responds to the needs of the poor and most vulnerable by providing quality programs that serve children, families, and homeless. Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion. Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities. Visit


About the Diocese of Palm Beach

The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach encompasses the five counties of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Comprised of 225,749 Catholics in 53 parishes and missions, the Diocese also serves the faithful community through its elementary, middle and high schools. Visit