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Diocesan public advocacy efforts

By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

March 11, 2015

As many of you know, the Bishops of New York State, in collaboration with the New York State Catholic Conference, are restructuring our Catholic public policy/advocacy efforts. (See story below)

For several years, many of our parishioners have faithfully attended the annual Catholics at the Capital Day in Albany. This year that event did not take place.  Instead, education and advocacy efforts will focus within the local dioceses.

The Bishops have set the legislative priorities for 2015. The identified issues can be found on the New York Catholic Conference website: (www.nyscatholic.org).

I encourage you to visit this website. Besides learning about the important issues, you will, also, find the icon for the Catholic Action Network. This is an online advocacy opportunity.

I encourage you to raise your voice in support of the issues on the Bishops’ legislative agenda. If you haven’t already, sign up to the action network. 

Join thousands of Catholics from around the State in working for public policies that respect the sanctity and dignity of human life, support families and work for the common good.

Father Kevin O’Brien, Moderator of the Curia, is heading an organizing team that will determine how to best coordinate our Diocesan efforts of education and advocacy in the public policy arena. 

We will keep everyone informed about the team’s progress through parish announcements, communication from the Diocesan Departments, the social media and the North Country Catholic.

As followers of Christ, we are called to create compassionate and just communities on the local, national and international levels. With faithfulness to the teachings of the Catholic Church, we raise our informed voices in the public forum.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts in the past.

We look forward to continuing our dialogue with legislators and being the Living Stones that make our parishes vibrant families of faith that witness to what we say we believe.

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