NCR Today: People from across the United States have gathered in the center of the U.S. for Harvesting Hope in the Heartland, the Catholic Charities USA 2015 annual conference.
Ten years later the memories still linger for Carol Spruell, as if they happened yesterday but perhaps were a lifetime ago.
She remembers the chaos, despair, uncertainty and the cries for help from so many and workweeks that had no end in the days and months following Hurricane Katrina. She also remembers the lines, droves of desperate people who had lost everything in Katrina's floodwater, who were seeking any modicum of relief, whether it was articles of clothing, a bus ticket to a relative's house outside of the area or assistance in finding a place to live.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: "I have been very fortunate and believe that people should give back to the community whenever possible."
Dominican Sr. Donna Markham has been selected the new president of Catholic Charities USA, the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Markham succeeds Fr. Larry Snyder, the current president, on June 1.
Markham becomes the first woman to lead Catholic Charities, which was founded in 1910. Snyder is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and will return to the archdiocese.
Fr. Larry Snyder's 10 years of service as president of Catholic Charities USA are made up of countless "moments," he said, that illustrate how the national network of local agencies are working to "bring about a society that cares for all God's children."
The priest made the comments during the annual Catholic Charities gathering Oct. 4-7 in Charlotte.
Snyder will leave the post in February to become vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in his home St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.
NCR Today: Catholic Charities USA president Fr. Larry Snyder is resigning after nine years as head of the organization to take a position at University of St. Thomas.
Faith and Justice: The goal of the White House order is laudable, but it remains to be seen how the bishops and the church will handle it.
From a press release published June 11 by Catholic Charities USA:
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) announced today that Brian R. Corbin will join the organization on August 4th as the Senior Vice President of Social Policy where he will oversee CCUSA's social policy team and manage the organization's advocacy and government affairs efforts.
NCR Today: Federal contractors will now be required not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. How will the bishops take it?
Making a Difference: For countless poor human beings in the shadows of our nation and world, it is not the most wonderful time of the year.