Call To Faithful Citizenship Is At Heart Of 2012 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

January 24, 2012 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—The challenges of living one’s faith in the public square and protecting the lives and dignity of the poor and vulnerable are the focus of the 2012 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, which will be February 12-15, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

“Faithful Citizenship: Protecting Human Life and Dignity, Promoting the Common Good,” is the theme of this year’s gathering, and speakers and workshops will explore the social ministry implications of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the call to political and civic responsibility published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and reissued ahead of the 2012 elections.

The assembled Catholic social ministry leaders will also visit representatives of Congress to present proposals and concerns about policies affecting the most vulnerable people in the United States and around the world. The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is sponsored by USCCB and 14 Catholic partner organizations including Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Catholic Labor Network, Conference of Major Superiors of Men, National Catholic Rural Life Conference, National Catholic Partnership on Disability and the National Council of Catholic Women.

Among the plenary speakers are Carolyn Woo, the new president and CEO of CRS; Arturo Chavez, president of the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC); John Carr, executive director of Justice, Peace and Human Development for USCCB; as well as Mark Shields and David Brooks from the PBS News Hour.

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Keywords: Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, 2012, February 12-15, Catholic Relief Services, CRS, Carolyn Woo, John Carr, Justice Peace and Human Development, USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, Faithful Citizenship: Protecting Human Life and Dignity, Promoting the Common Good, Arturo Chavez, MACC

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