Donate - JFA blockThe Justice For All awards dinner has the dual purpose of honoring the extraordinary service performed by the individuals receiving Justice in Action awards, and raising funds that allow Catholic Charities to provide direct assistance to those they serve throughout the diocese. Catholic Charities will serve more than 1,800 individuals and families within the six southern New Jersey counties that make up the Diocese of Camden with the funds raised by the dinner. Since its inception in 2004, the dinner has raised more than $640,000. Every penny is used to end crises, prevent evictions and utility disconnection (electric, gas and oil), provide food and prescription needs, and create stabilization within families.

The Justice for ALL dinner’s purpose is threefold:

~ To raise funds for direct assistance to clients in the communities we serve, specifically for programs including the Family & Community Services Centers, Refugee Resettlement, Adoptions, and Counseling Services. Funds raised are for the unrestricted use of those programs for distribution directly to individuals and families in need.

~ To promote the “Judicious Growth” of Catholic Charities in our region by identifying, cultivating and engaging individuals who are committed to the Vision and Mission of Catholic Charities and will become partners with us as we fulfill our mission over time.

~ To promote awareness of social justice issues and the needs of the poor in the Diocese of Camden by selecting and honoring people and organizations, who by their actions, have demonstrated their commitment to social justice and the needs of the poor.

 

2017 JUSTICE IN ACTION HONOREE

Joseph William Cardinal Tobin, C.Ss.R, is well known for being a proponent and protector of the rights and dignity of those who are most in need of his protection – including and especially immigrants, refugees, and the marginalized.

Reflecting the persona of Pope Francis, Cardinal Tobin is a humble servant to the poor, and a fierce advocate for human rights. He is a true son of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Founder of the Redemptorist congregation of which he is a member, exuding piety and grace. 

Photo by Gary Gellman

In November of 2016, Pope Francis named Cardinal Tobin to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Newark. In assuming this post, he shepherds one of the most diverse regions of the country. It’s a role for which he was well prepared. He has travelled extensively in developing nations and speaks English, Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese, as well as reads several other languages.

Cardinal Tobin is the personification of Pope Francis’ guidance that the Church should emphasize humility and service to the poor. It should be multicultural, and welcoming all to worship. It should reach out to other faiths and stand up for immigrants and refugees and advocate for a greater role for women in the church.

In short, Cardinal Tobin is just the kind of leader – in the spirit of Francis – who can help the Church in the United Sates grow in mercy, ecumenism and magnanimity.

Cardinal Tobin emphasizes outreach and protection to the poor and immigrants. He received international acclaim when he defied then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s ban on refugee resettlement.

“What keeps despots, dictators awake at night, what topples evil empires is the little person who goes into the square in the middle of town in the dark of the night and scrawls on the wall, ‘No.’ and I want to say to you, we are the ‘No’ that God scrawls on the wall,” Tobin said in explaining his bold position on refugees. “We are the ‘no’ to a nation who is heartless, who would deport people separating them from their families and their loved ones simply because they are victims of a broken system.”

The oldest of 13 children, Joseph Tobin attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Detroit, and then graduated from St. Joseph’s Prep College, Edgerton, WI in 1970. He continued his education Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, WI, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1975. From 1977 until 1979, he attended Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, NY, earning Masters Degrees in Religious Education in 1977 and Divinity in 1979.

In 1973, Joseph Tobin professed vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Redemptorists. In 1976, he professed perpetual vows with the Community. In 1978, he was ordained to both the diaconate and the priesthood.

Between 1979 and 1991, Father Tobin served as a parish priest at several churches in the Archdiocese of Detroit, as well as serving the archdiocese as Episcopal Vicar; member of the Presbyteral Council, and; official in the Metropolitan Tribunal.

Within the Redemptorist Community, Father Tobin served as a Provincial Consultor from 1984 until 1990, as General Consultor of the Community in Rome from 1991 until 1997, and as Superior General of the Redemptorists in Rome from 1997 until 2009.

On August 9, 2010, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Father Tobin to the Roman Curia post of Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and titular Archbishop of Obba. On October 18, 2012, Pope Benedict appointed him to serve as the Sixth Archbishop of Indianapolis. His Holiness, Pope Francis, named him to the College of Cardinals on October 9, 2016.

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