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2013

Cardinal Wuerl named to Vatican's Congregation for Bishops

Pope Francis today named Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops. The responsibilities of the congregation include moderating all aspects of episcopal appointments, assisting bishops in the correct exercise of their pastoral functions, handling ad limina visits (regular visits to Rome by bishops every five years) and establishing episcopal conferences and reviewing their decrees as required by canon law.  Learn more about Cardinal Donald Wuerl and this appointment....

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Opening Doors: Women in Church Leadership

“Let us not reduce the involvement of women in the church, but instead promote their active role in the ecclesial community.”  Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013, Brazil

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CMMB Receives $2 Million Challenge Grant for Haitian Health Care

In Haiti, many citizens suffer from preventable diseases and malnutrition, and poverty is often a barrier to essential medical treatment for women and children suffering from such illnesses as HIV/AIDS.  Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has provided $2 million to Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) to build a 30-bed facility in Cotes-De-Fer, Haiti. ...

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Women Religious Ask Pope for World Day of Prayer Against Trafficking

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After Pope Francis entrusted two Vatican academies to study the problem of human trafficking, a group of women religious asked the pope to raise greater awareness in the church about the issue by establishing a worldwide day of prayer and fasting. ...

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Catholic Medical Mission Board Co-sponsors Nuba Mountains Food Crisis Event

The people of the Nuba Mountains--a disputed region in Sudan that shares a border and ethnic ties with South Sudan--are starving, reports a recent article by the National Catholic Reporter. A Catholic bishop and Catholic medical missioner visited the United States earlier this year to speak for the Nuba people and seek an international intervention to halt aerial bombings, open roads to allow food relief to be brought in, and to require the parties in conflict to negotiate peace. Bishop Macram Max Gassis, who heads the diocese of El Obeid in Sudan and South Sudan, and Dr. Tom Catena, a volunteer physician, presented a briefing in February on the food crisis in the region, at an event co-sponsored by Caritas International and the Catholic Medical Mission Board and held at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City. To learn more about the crisis in Sudan and Catholic Medical Mission Board’s work, visit the following links: http://ncronline.org/news/global/bishop-doctor-say-sudan-food-crisis-provoked-aerial-bombinghttp://www.cmmb.org/supporting-mother-mercy-hospital...

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Congratulations to FADICA's Board Member, B.J. Cassin, and Bebe Cassin

Congratulations to the Cassins and the Healeys, members of FADICA. The National Catholic Educational Association will honor them with the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award on October 7th in Washington DC. The Seton Award is NCEA's highest honor, given in recognition of significant contributions to Catholic education. B.J. Cassin founded the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation in 2000 to establish quality Catholic college preparatory middle and high schools in economically challenged communities. ...

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Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking Meet in Washington

A new initiative launched with assistance from two FADICA members, Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, is comprised of women religious from across the country who are leading ministries for trafficking victims, and anti-trafficking efforts.  ...

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Sustaining Catholic Schools Through Board Development

FADICA member, and President of the Healey Education Foundation, Christine Healey was recently published in Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. ...

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National Leadership Roundtable holds Regional Meeting

More than 80 leaders attended the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management's Regional Roundtable—Philadelphia on September 30, 2013, at the Union League Club in Philadelphia. ...

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FADICA President speaks to “The Francis Factor”

At the Inaugural Public Dialogue of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, FADICA President Alexia Kelley emphasized servant leadership as a key “factor” in Pope Francis’ papacy.  ...

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Hilton Prize to Anti-trafficking Organization

The 2013 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize has been awarded to ECPAT International, End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, a global network of organizations and individuals working together for the elimination of child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children. The $1.5 million prize will focus on efforts in Africa. Visit http://www.hiltonfoundation.org/prize for more information....

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Flatley Foundation Makes Multi-Million Dollar Gift and Matching Grant

The Boston-based Flatley Foundation has made a multi-million dollar gift and matching grant to NPH USA, which supports the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters.”)  NPH creates ‘families for life’ for abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting homes, providing healthcare and educational programs.  18,000 children have grown up in the NPH family, founded by Fr. William Wasson.  For more information visit: www.nphusa.org....

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Preserving Our Catholic Stories

Breakthroughs in digitization and computing technologies have led to a digital humanities revolution. Historians can now, in theory, search for every trace of a person, relate themes across documents and write history rich with almost forgotten details.  Technological advances have indeed made a vast body of historical newspapers and documents instantly accessible to scholars and students.  ...

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New Initiatives Promote Civic and Church Leadership Among Hispanic Students

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) are developing new initiatives in Texas to promote civic and church leadership among southwestern college students.   ...

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FADICA Member Makes Case for Managerial Best Practices

FADICA member Tom Healey (Healey Family Foundation) co-authored an article in America magazine about the need for managerial best practices in the Church: More than 450 parishes in 58 dioceses, as well as 54 Catholic nonprofit organizations nationwide, are implementing a comprehensive tool called Catholic Standards for Excellence, which commits them to best practice policies and procedures in fiscal management, governance, human resources and fundraising. Read the full article at: http://americamagazine.org/issue/standard-bearers...

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High Stakes Donor Collaborations

“High Stakes Donor Collaborations” by Willa Seldon, Thomas J. Tierney, and Gihani Fernando in The Stanford Social Innovation Review features inspiring news about major foundations coming together and collaborating to address otherwise unsolvable problems.

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Catholic Schools: a Pathway out of Poverty

Specialty Family Foundation Chair and FADICA member Deb Estes penned a post "Catholic Schools: a Pathway out of Poverty," on the blog of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ms. Estes describes a renewed focus on the long-term sustainability of Catholic schools in light of many challenges, and the work of FADICA's new Catholic Schools affinity group in "supporting, studying and sharing these solutions." ...

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Catholic Schools: a Pathway out of Poverty

Specialty Family Foundation Chair and FADICA member Deb Estes penned a post "Catholic Schools: a Pathway out of Poverty," on the blog of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ms. Estes describes a renewed focus on the long-term sustainability of Catholic schools in light of many challenges, and the work of FADICA's new Catholic Schools affinity group in "supporting, studying and sharing these solutions." ...

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A partnership for Camden schools

FADICA member Christine Healey authored this OpEd, "A Partnership for Camden Schools," which was published  this month in the Philadelphia Inquirer: ...

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SOAR! Awards Over $1 Million in Grants

Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR!)—a  group of lay people who ensure the financial well being  of Catholic religious congregations to care for their elderly and infirm members—reports  that 644 religious congregations of women and men  in the U.S. will benefit from  recently approved grants totaling $1,125,621. ...

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SOAR! Awards Over $1 Million in Grants

Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR!)—a  group of lay people who ensure the financial well being  of Catholic religious congregations to care for their elderly and infirm members—reports  that 644 religious congregations of women and men  in the U.S. will benefit from  recently approved grants totaling $1,125,621. ...

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Advancing Mission: Women Religious in the 21st Century

Thanks to the generous partnership and commitment of two FADICA members, congregations of Catholic sisters will have an opportunity to strengthen their fundraising and development efforts through a new program at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. ...

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Advancing Mission: Women Religious in the 21st Century

Thanks to the generous partnership and commitment of two FADICA members, congregations of Catholic sisters will have an opportunity to strengthen their fundraising and development efforts through a new program at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. ...

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FADICA Welcomes Pope Francis

With sincere joy and heartfelt prayers, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) welcomes Pope Francis.      We join our prayers with Catholics and people of good will throughout the world in sending our blessing to the new Holy Father. ...

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Nurturing our Tradition, Engaging our Future

Over 70 FADICA members and guests gathered earlier this month for FADICA’s thirty-seventh annual membership meeting and symposium, Nurturing our Tradition and Engaging our Future: New Leadership, New Collaboration. The symposium showcased new and innovative leaders from a number of Catholic charitable organizations, including Caritas Internationalis and Jesuit Commons. ...

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