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"They All Ate and Were Satisfied"

One of my favorite Gospels is the feeding of the multitude. When thousands came to hear Jesus preach, he recognized their hunger for spiritual sustenance – and their physical hunger as well! In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, we hear a story of faith and care for others, responding to the immediate needs [...]

'A Church Without Charity Does Not Exist'

Last week, members of the global Catholic Charities family (or Caritas, as Catholic Charities agencies are called in many countries), including a representative of Catholic Charities USA, had the great honor of meeting with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. To anyone who has followed Francis’ love and commitment to the least-fortunate in our midst, what [...]

Coming Full Circle

On May 1, Keith Styles joined Catholic Charities USA as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel following a 30 year career as a practicing attorney. In this guest blog post, Keith shares his thoughts about what called him to join the Catholic Charities movement and what his vision is for the organization. My parents always [...]

White House Easter Breakfast Invocation

On April 5, Catholic Charities USA President Fr. Larry Snyder was honored to deliver the opening prayer at the fourth annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast.  At the event President Obama and Vice President Biden joined Christian leaders from across the country who gathered to “pray, reflect and celebrate” the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Please [...]

A Time to Rejoice, Reflect, and Re-Commit

Alleluia! He is risen! As we celebrate the joy of Easter, we can look back together over the 40 days of Lent and reflect on how they’ve changed us. On our journey to the celebration of the risen Savior, Lent gave us the opportunity to consciously be open to the Spirit and focus on giving [...]

What Will Be Your Lenten Legacy?

“Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These powerful words that are the traditional blessing with ashes at the start of Lent remind us of our mortality as we embark on our annual 40-day journey of sacrifice with Christ from the cross to the glory of resurrection. On Ash Wednesday, we often [...]

A Place at the Table

I recently had the great privilege to follow in the footsteps of our Lord during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Seeing the hill of Calvary, praying in Bethlehem, and walking along the same seashore as Jesus Christ did 2,000 years ago filled me with a sense of wonder. That land, while a source of [...]

CCUSA and the Fiscal Cliff

As discussions to address the impending “fiscal cliff” continue, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is working to ensure that policymakers are aware of how their federal spending decisions have the potential to significantly impact the more than 46 million individuals that are living in poverty in this country. As I stated during a recent interview I [...]

Rev. Larry Snyder Issues Heartfelt Appeal to Remember and Help Care For All in Need

Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), issued his annual Thanksgiving message today with a heartfelt appeal to remember and help care for all in need: “This uniquely American holiday is always a time to warmly gather with family and friends, to give thanks for life’s many blessings, and enjoy a bountiful harvest [...]