Catholic Charities is leading the Diocese of Camden in 40 Days of Francis, a time of preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia. In this reflection series, published in The Catholic Star Herald each week of 40 Days of Francis, leaders in the community will reflect on particular issues of poverty in the Diocese of Camden and how people of good will can respond, in the spirit of Pope Francis, to the “cry of the poor.”

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From The Catholic Star Herald, Sept. 24, 2015       Mike Jordan Laskey is director, Life and Justice Ministries, Diocese of Camden. What’s your favorite Pope Francis story? Mine might be the time — just a few weeks into his papacy, when he celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at a prison so he could wash the […]

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From The Catholic Star Herald, Sept. 17, 2015       Sister Veronica Roche is a Sister of St. Joseph who serves as a pastoral associate at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral Parish in Camden. Every Sunday at every Mass the people of our parish pray for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform. Though present political discourse, family detention […]

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Poverty of mind, body and spirit

From The Catholic Star Herald, Sept. 11, 2015       Andy Zmuda is director of program operations and integration for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden. He holds a doctorate in couple and family therapy from Drexel University. With his wife Karyn of 28 years he has three children and two grandchildren. For the last few […]

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From The Catholic Star Herald, Sept. 3, 2015       Curtis Johnson is executive director of the Diocesan Housing Services Corporation, Inc., a non-profit of the Diocese of Camden that operates eight affordable housing facilities in the Diocese of Camden, seven of them for seniors. One day, I received a call from an applicant for […]

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From The Catholic Star Herald, Aug. 27, 2015         Sister Mary Lou Lafferty, O.S.F. is Prison Ministry coordinator, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden. Learn more about becoming a prison ministry volunteer here: CatholicCharitiesCamden.org/Prison-Ministry. In New Jersey, as in every other state, mass incarceration prevails, especially for those who are poor and destitute, those […]

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From The Catholic Star Herald, Aug. 20, 2015         Kevin Walsh is executive director of the Fair Share Housing Center of Cherry Hill, a nonprofit group that advocates for fair housing policies in New Jersey. He is a former board member of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Camden and, with his children […]

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