Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden’s Justice in Action Awards honor organizations that exemplify the Catholic values of reaching out to the marginalized of society and building a more just community for all. In the Jewish tradition, these same values, expressed in a different way, are enshrined in the mission statement of Jewish Federations across the country in […]

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Ricardo V. Taylor

Ricardo Taylor dedicated 42 years of his life to the children of Pennsauken as an educator and later as an administrator in the Pennsauken School District and a member of the Pennsauken Township Board of Education. He served nine terms as Mayor of Pennsauken and continues as a member of the Delaware River Port Authority […]

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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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Christina Silvaria and Stephen Ellsworth

Christina Silvaria attended the World Meeting of Families congress along with her fiancé, Stephen Ellsworth, and the two of them found that the congress, “was way beyond [their] expectations.” Both Silvaria and Ellsworth are uniquely committed to serving others.  For them, a highlight of the week was joining with Catholic Relief Services, which made it […]

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The Reemmer Family

Sometimes the moments of greatest meaning for families are found in the midst of the hubbub of life. For those families lucky enough to be part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last week, being part of the hubbub was exactly what they were hoping for. Zoe Reemmer (10) of Egg Harbor Township, […]

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The Cotto/Reyes family

“I see miracles all the time,” says Ivette Cotto who, along with husband Pedro Reyes and two of their five children, attended the World Meeting of Families theological congress this week. When it comes to the World Meeting of Families week of events, Cotto says, “It was a miracle for me to be there.” The […]

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The Shields Family

Vicky Shields believes the best way to bring children up in the faith is by parents getting involved and bringing the kids along. That could explain why she applied to attend the World Meeting of Families congress this week in Philadelphia with three of her eight children: Christopher, Kathleen and James. The family was not […]

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The Arey Family

“As soon as I heard there was a World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, I was determined to go,” says Nancy Arey, a parishioner at St. Mary Church in Gloucester City. Nancy entered the Catholic Charities essay contest with the goal of being able to help her family take part in the historic event. Along […]

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The Cuentas Family

Jamaila Cuentas knows exactly what she’s looking to find at the theological congress that will kick off the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next week. “I want to know how I can engage my family … to know Jesus,” she says. Jamaila will attend the World Meeting with other members of her family: […]

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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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