Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Justice newsletter

The Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops promotes awareness of Catholic social teaching and opportunities to live the Baptismal call to love God and neighbor. You can sign up for their monthly newsletter here.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

In solidarity

Bishop Richard E. Pates, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace,  and Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, recently wrote to Congress to urge appropriate funding of the poverty-focused and humanitarian accounts in the fiscal year 2015 appropriations. From their letter:
Based on advice from our partners and CRS staff on the ground, we are deeply concerned about humanitarian funding. International Disaster Assistance, Migration and Refugee Assistance, and Food for Peace must be able to respond not only to the crises of today but also their potential escalation. And of course, should another major natural disaster occur or conflict erupt, some contingency funding is necessary. We urge that these accounts be funded at least at the levels of fiscal year 2014.  
We fully support the Administration’s request to increase funding for peacekeeping; $300 million of that would fund the nascent force in Mali. The proposed Peacekeeping Response Mechanism is a creative response to ensure flexibility should crises escalate, such as the violence in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. We support this proposal. Peacekeeping operations not only help to contain violence, but also enable organizations like CRS to provide humanitarian assistance. 
You can read more here.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

In the Amazon

For the month of April the Jesuit 2014 calendar, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus, focuses on Vicente Cañas, a Spanish Jesuit brother who lived among the indigenous tribes of the Amazon for nearly twenty years.  To learn about the life of a man who, ‘through the Spiritual Exercises, found the interior freedom to offer his very self to Christ,’ go here. 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sister Maureen Joyce Soup Kitchen Annual Dinner

Sister Maureen Joyce Soup Kitchen Annual Dinner: Tuesday, April 22 at Wolfert’s Roost Country Club. Come out for an enjoyable evening to support the Sister Maureen Joyce Center, serving hot meals in the West Hills neighborhood of Albany. We are honored that our Bishop celebrates this event with us. Tickets are available – visit for more information or contact Sr. Betsy Van Deusen at 453-6650.  Tickets are $125. All proceeds to benefit the soup kitchen run by Catholic Charities and Blessed Sacrament parish.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Schedule for Catholics at the Capitol

Catholics at the Capitol — Wednesday, March 19
Outside Convention Center

9:00 A.M. – LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS BEGIN (continue throughout the day)
Legislative Office Building and State Capitol
Some participants will attend pre-scheduled meetings with elected representatives.

Convention Hall

11:15 – 11:30 A.M. – AWARD PRESENTATIONS
Convention Hall

11:30 – 12:00 P.M. -  LUNCH
Boxed Lunches will be served in the Convention Center where you may sit to dine or take your lunch to Meeting Room 6 to enjoy it there!

Convention Hall
The New York State Council of the K of C, led by State Deputy Carmine Musumeci, will be praying the Rosary for all those advocating with lawmakers. Come join them!

from the Convention Center to the Cathedral
led by the Knights of Columbus

1:30 P.M. – MASS
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Madison Avenue

Madison Avenue

To register, go here.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Save the date

March 19 is the New York State Catholic Conference’s 2014 public policy day, Catholics at the Capitol. It will be at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. To register, go here.
Join with the Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops of New York State for a day of workshops and advocacy on issues of grave importance. Many participants will meet with their legislators. Others will be a visible symbol of Catholic unity in the halls of the state Capitol. Everyone will participate in Mass with the Bishops. Lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee, although donations to offset costs are gratefully appreciated . . .

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Friday, February 07, 2014

A new blog

Please visit Deacon Walter's blog about religion and politics at