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2019

Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota hosts Catholic environmental leader

The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) hosted Tomás Insua, founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, whose mission is to “bring Laudato Si’ to life.” Anne Cullen Miller, president of CCF, told The Catholic Spirit that the foundation plans to highlight climate change in upcoming programs....

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FADICA member Tom Healey in Commonweal: How Bishops Can Restore Public Trust

From the article: “Regaining the trust of the public means demonstrating the values of accountability, transparency, and co-responsibility—values that undergird successful leadership and management cultures across many sectors. This new culture and its values must be accompanied by measures that show how people and structures are performing, and steps for taking remedial action when those measures aren’t met.”...

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US bishops elect first Hispanic president

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez as their new president during their fall gathering. From America magazine: “Archbishop Gomez, a priest of Opus Dei, is described by those who know him as someone who cares for victims of clergy sexual abuse, an advocate for the L.A.’s homeless population and a proponent of Laudato Si’,’ Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. Archbishop Gomez was described in 2017...as the ‘protégé’ of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.”...

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Pax Christi promotes the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative Statement

Representatives from 21 countries participated in an April gathering at the Vatican as part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, through its parent organization, Pax Christi International, Vatican News reported. Drafted following the meeting, a statement promoting nonviolence, available here, reads, “As Christians committed to faithfully following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are called to take a clear stand for active nonviolence and against all forms of violence.”...

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Tribal leaders gather at Notre Dame to consider ways to reduce poverty

A forum focusing on alleviating poverty among Native American populations took place at the University of Notre Dame in October, Catholic News Service reported. The summit, attended by American Indian tribal leaders and hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on Native American Affairs, will release recommendations to help alleviate poverty....

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Catholic bishops propose initiatives to help the Amazon

Close to 200 Catholic bishops spent three weeks in October in Rome discussing how to assist the Amazon region of South America, paying special attention to evangelization, countering violence, and supporting environmental sustainability, America magazine reported. The article highlights a quote from Cardinal Michael Czerny: “With the Amazon burning, many more people are realizing that things have to change. We cannot keep repeating old responses to urgent problems and expect to get better results.”...

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Efforts to reduce poverty among Native Americans

A forum focusing on alleviating poverty among Native American populations took place at the University of Notre Dame in October, Catholic News Service reported. The summit, attended by American Indian tribal leaders and hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ subcommittee on Native American Affairs, will release recommendations to help alleviate poverty. From the article, “The U.S. Census Bureau reports approximately 3 million people whose primary race is Native American or Alaska Native. Of those, about 40 percent live on reservations or trust lands, and a high percentage fall well below the poverty level. About 20 percent of Native Americans are Catholic, but proposals coming out of the gathering are expected to be applicable to all Native Americans, according to meeting organizer Father Michael Carson, assistant director of Native American affairs for the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church.”...

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FADICA and Catholic Anti-Trafficking efforts

FADICA’s research on efforts to combat human trafficking, Agents of Awakening: Review of Anti-Human Trafficking Activities at U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities, was featured in an October story appearing in U.S. Catholic. From the article: “A 2018 report from Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities found that more than half of the 200 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities surveyed conducted some form of anti-trafficking work.”   Another FADICA-backed anti-human trafficking group released a new video chronicling its history. U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking thanked FADICA members for their encouragement and support as they launched. The USCSAHT participated in a meeting in Rome of Talitha Kum, the international network of women religious working to end human trafficking. An officer from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious who represented USCSAHT at the Rome meeting wrote that the group is “thriving thanks in large part to the vision of Margaret Nacke, CSJ, and the support and encouragement of FADICA! We’ve come a long way in five years. Thank you!”...

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Sharing the Tools to Safeguard Children, Members learn more from Hans Zollner, S.J.

On March 25, FADICA, the Gregorian University Foundation (GUF) and the Leadership Roundtable co-hosted a meeting with Fr. Hans Zollner, SJ, to learn firsthand about the Vatican’s ongoing work to address sexual abuse within the Church.  Fr. Zollner, a theologian and psychologist, is president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a key advisor to Pope Francis on sexual abuse.  He was also part of the organizing team for the February 2019 Vatican meeting of bishops on the Protection of Minors in the Church. At the New York City gathering, Fr. Zollner shared some of the critical next steps in the wake of that global meeting.   The Centre works to build a culture of safety within the Church, and educates and trains church personnel from around the world in safeguarding best practices -- through both in person and e-learning programs.  Fr. Zollner described the importance of fully confronting the impact of abuse, a major goal of the February Vatican summit, and at the same time providing safeguarding training and adopting procedures protect minors.  The March gathering emerged from FADICA’s fall 2018 pilgrimage to Rome, during which FADICA members participated in a workshop at the Gregorian University on child protection organized by Fr. Zollner and his Centre and University colleague Sr. Karolin Kuhn....

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B.J. Cassin, Innovative Catholic Education Philanthropist, Receives FADICA’s 2019 St. Katharine Drexel Award

For Immediate Release Washington, D.C. - Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), the leading network of Catholic philanthropists in the U.S., has chosen B.J. Cassin (of Los Altos) as the 2019 recipient of its St. Katharine Drexel Award for exemplary contributions to Catholic philanthropy. ...

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Achieving Greater Impact in Faith-based Philanthropy and Fundraising

By Alexia Kelley, President & CEO of FADICA This blog post originally appeared in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's blog, Fresh Perspectives from the World of Philanthropy I am delighted and honored to have recently joined Lake Institute on Faith & Giving Advisory Board. Its mission itself is an inspiration, as is the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from leaders across faith traditions to advance the field of faith-based philanthropy. ...

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St. Katharine Drexel’s 5 Inspirations for Catholic Philanthropists

By Kielce Gussie, FADICA’s Undergraduate Philanthropy Leadership Intern Most Catholic philanthropists at some point will hear about St. Katharine Drexel, patron saint of philanthropy, and will hopefully have the opportunity to learn more deeply about her life spent dedicated to serving people in need. St. Katharine is an especially inspiring figure for Catholic philanthropists – and here are at least five reasons why. ...

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FADICA's Human Trafficking Report Featured in National Catholic Reporter

FADICA's report that studies what Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. are doing to combat human trafficking has been featured in a new article by National Catholic Reporter on January 11, 2019, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Agents of Awakening: Review of Anti-Human Trafficking Activities at U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities was spearheaded by FADICA's International Philanthropy Working Group, in which FADICA members take action on international, critical areas of concern for Catholic philanthropists. ...

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