Grassroots Advocacy

Bringing Faith to Grassroots

"Politics is one of the highest forms of charity because it seeks the common good."  ~ Pope Francis

The Church's voice in the public square is not liberal or conservative, Republican or Democratic. It is a voice for the sacredness of all life, the dignity of every human person, and hope for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers. Join with Catholics across the state who are lending their voices to building the common good in Maryland. Get educated. Get mobilized. Get active. Learn how to make your voice heard in the public square. You can make a difference!

Parish Legislative Ambassador and District Captain Project

We're building a parish grassroots network through the state and need you!

There's a role for everyone, depending on your level of interest:

1. District Captain

District Captains work directly with the Conference's Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach to organize all parishes in their legislative districts with the help of the Parish Legislative Ambassadors in the parishes. District Captains will be asked to commit to the position for a year (open for renewal). They receive a small quarterly stipend, and attend regular training sessions. 


  • Active member of the parish

  • Recommended by pastor

  • Established relationships with the pastor and members of the parish staff 

  • Ability to forge new relationships with pastors at other parishes in the district and coordinate with PLAs in the district

  • Organized and able to implement Conference initiatives district-wide

  • Social media savvy

  • Able to represent the Church’s position on issues, independent of personal political views

  • Able to maintain regular communication with the Conference

  • Access to reliable transportation

  • Energetic interest in Church teaching and public policy



  • Small quarterly stipend
  • Professional and social networking


Click here for the complete Application for District Captain.

Click here for District Captain Duties.

2. Parish Legislative Ambassador

Parish Legislative Ambassadors are nominated by their pastor, and work with their District Captain (if applicable) and the Associate Director of Advocacy and Outreach to assist in the grassroots work of the Maryland Catholic Conference at their parish.

Parish Legislative Ambassador responsibilities include:

  • Serve as point of contact for parishioners on the work of the Maryland Catholic Conference 

  • Work with your pastor to distribute educational and advocacy materials from the Conference through parish’s communication channels (i.e. bulletin, Flocknotes, email, app, etc.)

  • Use resources provided by the Conference to become familiar with the Church’s position on issues and educate others at your parish on the issues

  • As needed, engage parishioners in grassroots advocacy on key legislative issues during the legislative session

  • Participate in the monthly conference calls

  • Conduct registration drives at your parish for the Conference’s Catholic Advocacy Network

  • Recruit parishioners and community members to attend the Conference’s annual Catholics in Annapolis event in February, and assist with or provide leadership for attendees from your parish 

  • Actively communicate with legislators on issues via Catholic Advocacy Network 


CLICK HERE for a full list of PLA Duties and Qualifications


Click here for a Parish Legislative Ambassador Application form.

(NOTE: Your pastor MUST sign the application form to confirm his nomination of you for this role)

***In the event you can no longer serve as PLA or District Captain, you must notify the Maryland Catholic Conference 

Want to learn more about the District Captain and Parish Legislative Ambassadors projects?

Read a complete description of our advocacy program by clicking here


Kate Alexander
Associate Director
Advocacy and Outreach
410-269-1155 or 301-261-1979

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