November 11, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In a visit to Central America in 2015, Pope Francis cited St. Paul when he said, “As Christians, we have an additional reason to love and serve the poor; for in them we see the face and the flesh of Christ, who made himself poor so to enrich us with his poverty.” With these words, Pope Francis continues to bring our attention back to the poor and our responsibility toward our brothers and sisters “on the margins.” The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) responds directly to this call by addressing the root causes of poverty in the United States.
Often, when juveniles are arrested their record follows them their whole lives, decreasing their chances of finding gainful employment and increasing their chances of reoffending. Together with the Catholic bishops, groups like the Direct Action and Research Training Center (DART) in Miami are working to reduce the number of juvenile arrests, giving children a real chance at success. Thanks to a strategic national grant from CCHD, DART is working with school and law enforcement officials to decrease the number of school-based arrests and promote alternative, constructive interventions that give children a second chance at their future.
This collection is the primary source of funding for CCHD’s anti-poverty grants and education programs, like the grant that supports DART. And remember, 25 percent of the collection stays here in our diocese. This past October, I once again had the privilege of meeting with our parish and community groups who receive the local grants from this campaign. It is always inspiring to me to see how these small seeds grow into fruitful programs to support the dignity of people often on the margins of our communities.
Please help the efforts of CCHD to break the cycle of poverty. Fight poverty in America. Support CCHD in our diocesan collection on November 19 & 20. For more information about the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the groups it funds, please visit www.povertyusa.org.
With prayerful best wishes, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester