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HARTFORD – The Archdiocese of Hartford has awarded local grants totaling $106,500 to five organizations for 2016-17, thanks to funding from the National Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an annual collection conducted in the archdiocese on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Local grants were presented to the Brazilian Worker Center in the amount of $15,000; United Action Connecticut Inc. in the amount of $8,500; and St. Rose of Lima Parish in New Haven in the amount of $13,000.

National grants were given to the Naugatuck Valley Project in the amount of $30,000 and United CT Action for Neighborhoods in the amount of $40,000.

To receive a CCHD grant, an organization must benefit people living in poverty, and those people must have a dominant voice in the organization. The organization must demonstrate both the intention and capacity to work effectively toward the elimination of the root causes of poverty and to enact institutional change. Its philosophy and mission must be consonant with Catholic moral teaching.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair said the CCHD makes a difference by helping people in such very crucial areas as employment, housing, health care and education.

According to the archbishop, donations to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development “are at the service of the corporal works of mercy … and help build up a society in which people can have a voice and can have a healthy sense of their inherent dignity.”

Lynn Campbell, archdiocesan director of the CCHD, expressed her gratitude to parishioners who contribute to the CCHD every year at Thanksgiving, and said that she hopes that their generosity will continue.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the CCHD in 1970 for the purpose of helping empower low-income people to address the root causes of poverty.

For additional information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development visit

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.