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November 15, 2021, San Diego, California – “We are committed to putting the Gospel into action in this sacred work we undertake these days.”
That was the message of Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) in her recent Presidential Address during the 2021 CCUSA Annual Gathering in San Diego, California. In attendance were CCUSA professionals, volunteers, and partners who serve in agencies throughout the United States
In her address, “What Time Is It?” Sister Donna noted the suffering that people in the United States have undergone in the past year and a half from the pandemic, racial violence, the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, natural disasters, and the trauma of migrants and refugees who come to the United States seeking safety. After these difficult months, “I believe this is a time for healing,” she said. “This is a time for hope, a time to be reinvigorated.”
Sister Donna enumerated the various ways that CCUSA staff and volunteers reached out to suffering people in the United States in the past months: through food distribution; distribution of supplies such as masks, face shields, and hand sanitizers to protect people from the virus; help for people facing eviction, as well as emergency housing, senior housing, and units of supportive, affordable housing; support to migrants and refugees coming from the southern border and, most recently, from Afghanistan and Haiti; mental health and wellness services; and workforce development and job training.
Finally, Sister Donna spoke of the mandate of Pope Francis to bring hope to all who are suffering and in need. “Regardless of race, creed, nationality, social status, orientation, or age, we extend our care so people may reclaim hope and live a full life,” she said. “Catholic Charities is a profound expression of the healing ministry of the Church.”
Watch Sister Donna’s entire Presidential Address.
November 11, 2021, Notre Dame, Indiana – Sister Corinne Florek, OP, was recently profiled in the Alumni section of the University of Notre Dame’s website as one who invested not for profits, but for economic justice and the common good.
A 1980 graduate of Notre Dame’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, Sister Corinne spent the next 40 years involved in community investment. She founded the Religious Communities Investment Fund (RCIF) and is a consultant for the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Portfolio Advisory Board. Both organizations give low-interest loans to nonprofit organizations that serve communities of people in need.
“This is not venture capital; this is common good capital,” Sister Corinne told Maura Sullivan Hill, author of the article, “Investing for the Common Good.” Read the entire article on Sister Corinne’s work for economic justice and the common good.