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February 16 (Presidents' Day) Catholic Lobby Night
April 7 Adjournment of the General Assembly “SINE DIE”
Bishops' Statement on the Migration Crisis
The familiar words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, "Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me," speak compellingly to us today as we witness the plight of the more than 50,000 unaccompanied children fleeing to our country to escape the ...
See How the Candidates Responded to Survey of Key Election Issues
Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) has posted on its website (www.mdcathcon.org/elections) all of the candidate responses to its 2014 election surveys. Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys Maryland candidates for the U.S. Congress, governor and General Assembly about their positions on issues of interest to ...
Down Syndrome Information Bill to be Signed by Governor – May 5
The parents of children with Down syndrome have been heard. They want more information – accurate information – provided to new parents who receive a pre- or post-natal diagnosis that their child has Down syndrome.
Thankfully, the Maryland General Assembly passed unanimously on the last day of session (at 11:57 pm ...
The Dignity of Work
"It is through free, creative, participatory and mutually supportive labor that human beings express and enhance the dignity of their lives. A just wage enables them to have adequate access to all the other goods which are destined for our common use."
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium
Throughout the history of ...
Bishops of Maryland Urge Fair Treatment of Workers
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recognize January as Poverty Awareness Month. In a statement titled The Dignity of Work, Maryland’s Catholic bishops call attention to the needs of the poor and the backbone of Maryland's workforce - the low-wage earner and working families, and urge their fair ...
Maryland Catholic Conference Welcomes Andrea Garvey
The Maryland Catholic Conference welcomes Mrs. Andrea Garvey, Esq. to the position of associate director for respect life. She replaces Nancy Paltell who retired earlier in the summer.
“Being the mother of three young boys really has made me cherish life and want to protect those blessings. This opportunity places ...
Maryland Bishops Statement on Immigration Reform
The people of Maryland embraced an important first step in the fair treatment of our immigrant community when they voted last year to uphold our state's DREAM Act allowing them to attend our public colleges and universities. Thanks to that victory, undocumented immigrant students in Maryland now have the ...
Bishops of Maryland Call on Congress to Pass Immigration Reform
Maryland’s Catholic bishops call on Congress to pass immigration reform as soon as possible, recognizing that an appropriate balance of necessary border safeguards is required with consideration of the human needs of immigrants “who have come to our country seeking the same dream as our own ancestors,” they wrote ...
The Urban Church
Earlier this week, Bishop Denis J. Madden, whose vicariate includes Baltimore City, and Spiritan Father Evod Shao, pastor of St. Edward Church in West Baltimore, led a prayer walk through the violent streets surrounding the parish. They were joined by a number of parishioners and others from the neighborhood who ...
Maryland Catholic Conference Welcomes Garrett O'Day
The Maryland Catholic Conference welcomes Mr. Garrett O'Day, Esq. to the position of associate director for education and family life. He replaces Ellen Robertson who left the position in the fall to work for Maryland's Department of General Services.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to advocate ...
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