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Catholic Charities USA President Joins White House Delegation for the Canonization of Mother Teresa

Pope Francis to declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a Saint at the Vatican on September 4

It was announced today that Catholic Charities USA President and CEO, Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, is part of a special Presidential delegation traveling to the Vatican to attend the canonization of Mother Teresa.

The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, will lead the delegation which also includes the Honorable Kenneth Hackett, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Department of State, The Honorable Suzy George, Deputy Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff, National Security Council and Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services.

“Mother Teresa awakened people to the plight of those living on the margins,” said Sister Donna. “The obligation is now ours to continue her mission and work to transform the systems that perpetuate the injustices that keep persons and families in poverty.“

Catholic Charities is a loving neighbor that serves people in need with an open, compassionate heart, a strategic, problem-solving mind and with a soul anchored in a steadfast Catholic faith.

For more than 100 years, CCUSA’s mission has been to help those living in poverty, assist those struggling to make ends meet and provide compassion and care to help them through troubled times. National in scope, Catholic Charities agencies are entrenched in the communities they serve. They have established relationships and are able to provide the services that are uniquely aligned with the needs of the clients regardless of background or religious beliefs.

  • About Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 8 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. 

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