Witness of the Church

Building Connections with the New Congress

During the season of Lent, Catholics across the eight New York dioceses reflected on the issue of global hunger and then acted in support of our brothers and sisters most in need here in the U.S. and overseas by visiting with their members of Congress and their staff on this issue which impacts 1 in 9 people worldwide.

In partnership with Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA and the New York State Catholic Conference, Catholics representing several dioceses of New York conducted 20 meetings during this Global Advocacy initiative—building relationships with new members of Congress and continuing relationships with other others.

Mike Lawler from New York State Catholic Conference of Bishops expressed the purpose of the initiative, “the message that our Catholic coalition from New York intends to send during this week of advocacy is that it’s our moral obligation as Americans and as Catholics to protect programming that helps alleviate the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable. […] Our Catholic faith calls us to honor the dignity of every human being. We must ensure that all people have regular access to enough nutritious food.”