photo of Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities USA Announces 2015 Volunteer of the Year Finalists

Catholic Charities USA is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award. In recognition of National Volunteer Month, this award honors the contributions of more than 300,000 volunteers who dedicated their time and talents to the Catholic Charities network. The finalists for Catholic Charities USA’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year [...]


Reflections for Holy Week

As the Church prepares to enter the solemn celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, Catholic Charities USA offers the following excerpts from following reflections written by members of the Catholic Charities network to accompany you on your spiritual journey. To subscribe to daily reflections throughout the Lent and Easter seasons, click here. Palm [...]


Joy, Hope, and the Praxis of Charity

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes (“Joy and Hope”), one of the four Apostolic Constitutions resulting from the Second Vatican Council. The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns is hosting a conference focusing on the legacy and impact of this historic document, and what its message of “joy and hope” has [...]

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Reflections on Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C.

Notre Dame students lined both sides of the street from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the university’s cemetery, witnessing in solidarity as ROTC students provided an honor guard for the casket of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. The University he loved and called home paid a fond farewell to the man who led the [...]


One Family Under God

Yesterday, we celebrated the feast of the Epiphany, remembering the journey of the strangers from afar who were drawn by a strange and mysterious light to leave the comfort of their homelands and embark on a journey, led only by a star. They didn’t know what they’d find at the end of their journey – [...]


Silent Night, Holy Night

Silent night, Holy night All is calm, all is bright I admit it – It’s easy to get a little jaded. Every year, the familiar holiday jingles on the radio are used to encourage us to show how much we care for our family and friends by purchasing them the hottest new gadget, car, or [...]


Rich in Diversity, Richer Still in Unity

In 8th-century paintings found in Greek monasteries, she is portrayed with a jeweled crown and a somber expression. Leonardo da Vinci painted her wearing the simple, flowing robes of a Renaissance noblewoman. So-called “Black Madonnas,” which feature depictions of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, with darker skin pigmentation, can be found in countries in southern [...]