New Tools for Your Best Advocacy and What’s Ahead for Congress
Spring is in full bloom throughout much of the United States—and we couldn’t be happier! The rebirth of the earth and the deep joy of Easter have renewed our commitment to confronting global poverty with and on behalf of our poorest brothers and sisters. We’re also unveiling some new resources and tools, our priorities for 2015–2016—and a brief video with none other than Ben Affleck! Read More >>
Catholics at the Capitol: Report Back From the 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
For more than 20 years, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering has provided Catholics in the United States with the opportunity to network, advocate for social justice, and form leaders in service to the Church and society. This year’s theme, “To Go Forth: Encountering Christ in the Heart of the World,” helped place our work, ministry and advocacy in the context of our lives as missionary disciples and pilgrim people. Read More >>
Hearts on Fire: Young Catholics Energize the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
In early February, the weather on Capitol Hill was characteristically drizzly and chilly. A few miles away at the Omni Hotel, however, the atmosphere was electrifying. There, advocates of all ages—clergy and social ministry leaders alike—gathered for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, or CSMG. And a group of young activists took it all in. Read More >>
Following Pope Francis’ Call: Caring for Creation and Confronting Global Poverty
This summer, Pope Francis is expected to release his second—and perhaps most anticipated—encyclical on ecology. This formal proclamation and call to action comes at a critical time, as negative environmental effects are increasing and the world’s poorest communities are suffering disproportionately. Read More >>
Do Something Extraordinary: Dr. Jerry Zurek Walks the Talk
Dr. Jerry Zurek has been teaching at Cabrini College, located in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for more than 40 years. As an educator and mentor, Dr. Zurek finds inspiration through his students. This all-star advocate is a former Carnegie Foundation/CASE Professor of the Year for Pennsylvania, and his Twitter biography describes him as being interested in “journalism for the common good and global issues of social justice.” Read on to discover the distinctive and passionate work of Dr. Zurek and his students. Read More >>
Join Us at the Social Action Summer Institute
The Archdiocese of Portland will host the 29th annual Social Action Summer Institute, or SASI, on human and natural ecology. Held from July 19 to July 23 at the University of Portland, SASI offers education, professional development and advocacy training for diocesan and parish social action ministers. Rooted in the principles of Catholic social teaching, SASI provides a forum for people to explore social issues in the light of Scripture, Church teaching and theology. Registration is now open!
Just for You: The New CRS Resource Center
The CRS Resource Center offers an array of ministry tools for prayer, formation and action with a global perspective. With resources suitable for all ages, our resource center allows you to search for the materials you need to form disciples to live out Christ’s call to care for the poor and vulnerable everywhere.
Children’s Books on Putting Faith Into Action
New children’s books about putting faith into action are now available from the USCCB and Loyola Press! Green Street Park is a story about Philip and his neighbors, who imitate the model of St. Francis of Assisi by caring for creation in their own community. In Drop by Drop, Sister Mary Jerome’s classroom receives a visit from Mr. Mike from Catholic Relief Services. Mr. Mike helps the students “journey” to Burkina Faso, where they learn how lack of water affects a little girl named Sylvie and her family. Care for God’s creation is the theme of both books, so they will help families, parishes and schools prepare for Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical this summer.