unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.' He said to them, 'Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.'Luke 4:16-19, 21
Because the work of promoting peace, protecting life and ensuring justice is integral to our faith, this work is shared by several programs and offices in the Diocese of Arlington that act as resources to parishes and individuals.
Photo by Debbie DeVoe/CRS.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ overseas relief and development agency. Learn about its mission. Our diocesan CRS Office supports CRS programs locally. We educate parishioners about the work of CRS and how it relates to our faith. We assist local parishes in connecting to programs offered by the national office, including Fair Trade and Operation Rice Bowl. Rice Bowl donations fund both international relief efforts and a local grant program that supports rural food programs. Read more.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD),
"Justice is inseparable from charity, and instrinsic to it. Justice is the primary way of charity." (Caritas in Veritate, #6, 2009).
CCHD is the U.S. Bishops’ campaign against poverty, helps people in need here in the United States to break out of the cycle of poverty. CCHD funds programs that help people develop job skills, start businesses, and improve their neighborhoods and their children’s schools. Click here to find out about the annual collection.
CCHD is funded by a second collection taken up in most U.S. dioceses each November. Twenty-five percent of the amount collected in the Arlington Diocese stays in the Diocese to support anti-poverty efforts located here. All funding applications for projects located in the Diocese are reviewed to ensure that they meet CCHD funding criteria and that they comply with the social and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. See more about our Diocesan CCHD work here.
Photo: Mike Moon of Family Farm Defenders. The Madison, WI food coop helps bring quality food to market at fair prices in an economically depressed area. (Credit: Sam Lucero)
JustFaith. JustFaith Ministries offers a number of programs for adults seeking to further their spiritual journey following Jesus Christ into compassion toward justice. The weekly programs include books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. JustFaith has been offered in at least a dozen parishes in the Diocese of Arlington since 2003. More than 700 people have participated in the program locally, and nationwide, JustFaith graduates number more than 30,000.
Parish Social Ministry supports and cultivates parish-based social ministry, social justice, and community development activities in partnership with parishes and other community organizations. Working with parish staff and lay leaders, the outreach program serves as a resource for ideas, information, and services to help needy persons.
Peace and Justice Commission has a mission, rooted in Christ, to advise and collaborate with the Bishop of Arlington in promoting evangelization, formation and advocacy in the Diocese for true justice and peace by fostering resolute dedication to the sanctity of life and the dignity of every human person, as expounded by the principles of Catholic social teaching.
Respect Life Office embraces the task of restoring respect for all human life from the moment of conception until natural death. Envisioning four foundational aspects of the pro-life movement, Bishop Paul S. Loverde focuses our mission on prayer, education, action and sacrifice.
Virginia Catholic Conference engages in advocacy on respect-life, social justice, and education issues through contacts with state and federal lawmakers, grassroots advocates, and media outlets. The Conference acts on behalf of Bishop Francis DiLorenzo (Diocese of Richmond) and Bishop Paul Loverde (Diocese of Arlington) and has established an active legislative network of Catholics across the state. Visit the web page and use the convenient “Join the Network” feature to receive regular alerts and updates.
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