In responding to the call of Christ on the Cross and the example of Pope Francis, the Most Rev. Gary M. Gordon, Bishop Liaison to Correctional Ministry for the CCCB has initiated Catholic Connections: a Restorative Justice Network in Canada. We invite you to join our Canada wide community of Catholics involved in prison ministry, re-integration and restorative justice activities. Visit our website at www.ccinrj.ca to find out more.
The decision by the Canadian Government to reduce funding to DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE by 65% brings to a halt much of the progress that has been made in these countries, as many of these organizations will no longer have the capacity to continue to assist communities. Instead of continuing to eliminate the vulnerability of communities to the effects of poverty, these communities could now see deteriorations in the gains that have been made.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE estimates that it will need to reduce the number of organizations that it supports by approximately one-third, significantly reduce support to those that it continues to work with, and will need to end programming altogether in some countries. Although DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE will make every effort to remain true to its mission, it will no longer be able to have the widespread impact that it once did. An impact that promoted human rights, strengthened democratic practices and lifted millions of people out of poverty.
CIDA's ongoing support of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE's international development work since 1968 has permitted the organization to advance significant changes in the Global South by providing institutional support to grassroots and civil society organizations that are actively working to ensure that poor and marginalized communities have a voice in society. These groups include women, indigenous people, youth, peasant farmers and other segments of the population that suffer the most from the effects of poverty due to unjust laws and structures that perpetuate exploitation and an unequal distribution of wealth.
Please see the Impact of CIDA Funding Cut Reductions document from May 2012 for more details: Special Information Bulletin on CIDA Cuts
Click here to download a PDF copy of Bishop Henry's letter regarding the Hunger Crisis in West Africa.
The Diocese is accepting financial donations for Pakistan Relief.
You may contribute by making a cheque earmarked "D&P Pakistan Relief" and payable to:
- Your Parish or
- "R.C. Diocese of Calgary"
All donations will be forwarded to Development & Peace. For more information, contact the Social Justice Office.
ARE YOU CALLED OF GOD TO MINISTER TO EX-OFFENDERS? If so, this is your opportunity. Let's Journey Together (LJT), an ecumenical prisoner aftercare and reintegration program, provides training and facilitation to men and women who are willing to mentor ex-prisoners in their local area. After training, mentors are responsible for providing support, encouragement and guidance to ex-offenders participating in the program by meeting with them regularly to listen and to share their compassion, knowledge and experience. The mentor also introduces the participant to members of the community and assists them in becoming involved with the community. If you are interested in or have questions about this important ministry, please contact Deacon Gary Haney, program coordinator at 403-923-4279 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me."