As Catholics, we are called to love our neighbor. Our response to those in need can take the form of direct assistance: food, clothing, housing, or provision of appropriate counseling and treatment services. But we are also called to address underlying issues which prevent people from achieving their full potential.
In the Diocese of Rochester, our efforts at advocacy are coordinated by the Diocesan Public Policy Committee (DPPC). The DPPC advises the Bishop on public policy matters, meets with legislators, and works to encourage parish participation in social justice advocacy. We address issues at the local, state, national and international levels.
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On Wednesday, Aug 18 at 1 p.m. ET we will be streaming a Facebook Live on the hunger crisis in Madagascar with Megan Gilbert and Tanja Englberger. Conflict is one of the leading causes of extreme hunger around the world. But in Madagascar, climate change is the driving force behind a hunger crisis that is leading families to make desperate choices. Tune to hear on what long-term solutions are needed to help farmers adapt.
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CRS Campaign - September
Everyday conflict and persecution force people to flee from their homes, seeking shelter and safety in lands foreign to them. On World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis calls each of us to ”move towards an ever wider we.” In the spirit of this call, join Catholic Relief Services and be a part of our community working toward a better world for all. Together, WE can make a difference for all!
CRS Campaign - August
August is the perfect opportunity to lift your voice to end hunger and support migrants and refugees around the world! During the congressional recess, join us in our movement to end global poverty and create a better world for all!
We are each called to be stewards of this beautiful land that God has entrusted to us. Celebrate the Feast of Saint Kateri, patroness of ecology, this month by urging Congress to protect programs that help people care for their land and feed their families. Share your voice and ensure the world becomes a better place for all those who are vulnerable!
Join us for a fun conversation with CRS parents about the questions they get about #Lent from their kids. We'll answer them & show you how to virtually travel around the world to experience Lent as a family with #CRSRiceBowl.
🗓️ Feb 17, 2021
🕐 1 pm ET
2022 Diocesan Public Policy Agenda
- Letter from Bishop Matano
- Letter to the Governor
- Prayers of the Faithful
- Bulletin Education
- Petition form for 3 signatures/page
- Postcards (4 signatures/page)
- Petition form for 10 signatures/page
- Graphics for social media
- Special Instructions for Monroe County Parishes
- 2022 Diocesan Public Policy Agenda
- 2020 Public Policy Packet
**PLEASE READ for Monroe County Parishes: We encourage you to use to the website www.dor.org/petition when possible, or use the postcards with special instructions in the document above.
Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love
- Full Resource Packet
- Cover Letter
- Resources Available
- Prayers of the Faithful
- Bulletin Reflections
- Backgrounder Inserts & Scripture Reflection
- Book Study Resources
- Practical Steps for Eradicating Racism
- Combatting Racism – Educational Resources
- “Open Wide Our Hearts”
- Advocacy Opportunities
- Catholic Charities J&P Staff