US Bishops’ Justice May Newsletter

Put your faith into action.

This edition of “Notes for Neighbors” can help you put faith in action by loving your neighbor in your own back yard and on the other side of the globe. We hope you will enjoy these resources and share them with others.

Featured Quote from Pope Francis

“Ultimately, true development is measured by concern for human beings, who are the heart of all development: concern for their education, health and dignity. The greatness of any nation is revealed in its effective care of society’s most vulnerable members – women, children, the elderly, the sick, the disabled and minorities – lest any person or social group be excluded or marginalized.”

– Pope Francis, Address to Government Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps,
Cairo, Egypt, Apr. 28, 2017

In the News

The following stories highlight Church leaders’ words and work around recent current events.

1% Does a World of Good – #SavetheAid to Preserve Life-Saving International Assistance

Poverty-focused international assistance accounts for less than 1% of our nation’s budget, but it does a world of good saving millions of lives every year. Despite its small size, deep cuts to international assistance have been proposed. We need to speak out now to stop these proposals from becoming a reality, with untold negative consequences for our brothers and sisters around the world. You can use your voice to urge the Administration and Congress to #SavetheAid and let them know that you support the robust funding of the poverty-focused international assistance portion of the budget.

You can help. Send a message, make a phone call (1-888-562-8232), submit a letter to the editor, engage your legislators on social media, and pray for our brothers & sisters in need. You can also share with others this letter to Congress from the Chairs of six policy committees of the USCCB about the moral and human dimensions of the federal budget and the need to reject severe cuts to non-defense discretionary spending that would affect many domestic and international poverty-reducing programs.

JPHD Launches New Small Grants Program to Foster Social Justice-Hispanic Ministry Collaboration

Forty percent of the U.S. Catholic population, and 54% of Millennial Catholics, are Hispanic. Our communities can become more vibrant, and our efforts more successful, when we listen to, learn from, and form relationships that reflect the diverse faces of the body of Christ. To help diocesan social justice and Hispanic ministry staff build stronger relationships, the USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development offices for Education & Outreach and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development are pleased to announce a new small grants program.  In 2017, we will offer up to 20 grants of $1,000 each to “kick start” new collaboration, or strengthen existing collaboration, between social justice and Hispanic ministry staff at the diocesan level.  The grants are intended to support collaborative projects around know-your-rights work, leadership and formation efforts, the process of the V National Encuentro, and other important areas. To help spark ideas, please see this handout on Hispanic ministry-social justice diocesan collaboration (bilingual version also available) from JPHD and the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry.

May 16 Webinar for Social Justice and Hispanic Ministry Diocesan Staff

The USCCB Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, in collaboration with the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry, is pleased to invite you to special webinar on May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT, to help social justice and Hispanic ministry diocesan staff form or strengthen relationships in order to become aware of common interests, good work already happening, and potential areas for collaboration.  The webinar will feature pairs of panelists from social justice and Hispanic ministry in the (arch)dioceses of Hartford, Orange, St. Cloud, and St. Petersburg. They will share examples of collaboration around formation of leaders, know-your-rights work, immigration and workers’ rights advocacy, and the process of the V National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry.  Ideally, social justice and Hispanic ministry diocesan staff will gather to participate in this webinar together, though individuals are also welcome to sign up when that is not possible. RSVP for the webinar here.

New Faces of Immigrants Resource

USCCB Justice for Immigrants is highlighting “Faces of Migration” to share the real stories of undocumented students, refugees, asylum seekers, families who fear separation, and others. Access the resource here and share it with your networks.

Webinar on Food, Farmers and Climate Change

Join Catholic Climate Covenant for a May 24 webinar on “Give Us Our Daily Bread: Food, Farmers, and Climate Change” at 3 p.m. EDT. Register here. The webinar will focus on how our food supply is impacted by climate change and how Catholic Rural Life is responding to the impacts of climate change on farmers, especially small family farmers.

As always, thank you for your work to proclaim the Church’s social mission and inspire solidarity with our neighbors.