Watch these videos to see how others are putting faith in action.
Janine Carreiro Organizes Communities to Fight Poverty
2010 Winner Janine Carreiro shares how her faith inspires her work with Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC), which successfully sought $4 billion to help troubled homeowners, allowing at least 3000 families in MA to be able to keep their homes.
Brigitte Gynther Supports Migrant Farmworkers’ Struggle for Justice
Brigitte Gynther’s work as coordinator of Interfaith Action (IA) of Southwest Florida, which provides support to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, is motivated by her faith and belief in the dignity of the human person. Since 2004, Brigitte has played a key role in supporting and empowering farmworkers as they pursue fair wages, improved working conditions, and an end to modern day slavery in the fields. In 2009, she was honored as the winner of the 2010 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award.
Sarah Nolan Brings Gospel Values to the State Capital
Sarah Nolan's concern for the dignity of all human life is known to many San Franciscan parishioners and politicians alike. But this passion to help the less fortunate is also brought to the corridors of the state capital. See how Sarah's desire to bring Gospel values to elected officials is making a difference for many Californians.
Stephanie Garza Empowers Immigrant Parents
Stephanie Garza works with the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) to empower parents as advocates for their families, schools, and communities. Also a leader in the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform in Chicago, Stephanie is inspired by her faith to ensure that the dignity of all people, including immigrants, is respected. Discussion Questions for use with this video.
Community in Action
In East L.A., playing outside can be dangerous. Neighborhood moms organized to safeguard their children so that they play freely and walk to school in safety. This activity is part of the work of Comunidad en Movimento, which received a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Winds of Change
On South Dakota's Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, where 75 percent of the residents are poor, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development has been hard at work providing crucial start-up money to the Four Bands Community Fund to help them to spur entrepreneurship among the Lakota people. Through micro-loans as small as $1,000, and small business training for residents, the locally run loan fund is sowing the seeds of economic stability and self-sufficiency that will one day reverse the cycle of poverty on the reservation.
Manchester Diocese Job Program
Start with a dedication to help people become self-sufficient. Add a skilled chef and a community garden. Simmer with nutritional education classes and a new industrial kitchen built with the support of donors and local businesses - and you’ve got a Recipe for Success!
With its motto, "Nothing Stops a Bullet like a Job," Homeboy Industries in East L.A. surely gets your attention. Founder Jesuit priest Greg Boyle also gets your attention. Watch and see why young men and women are risking there lives to leave their gangs to come and work for "Fr. G."
Each year California Catholics gather in Sacramento to speak with their elected officials about issues of concern to the Church. This effort is an excellent example of faith in action and faithful citizenship.
Go Make A Difference
This short video presents exciting ideas for making a difference in public life by practicing our Catholic faith.
Faithful Citizenship: A Matter of Conscience
Calling all Catholics! Form your conscience! Watch this brief video to learn how Catholic values can shape your conscience and help you make sound public choices.
Ciudadanos Fieles: Un Asunto de Conciencia
¡Atención, atención! ¡Llamando a todos los católicos! ¡Formen su conciencia¡ Vean este breve video para aprender cómo los valores católicos pueden formar su conciencia y ayudarles a tomar decisiones sólidas en cuestiones de ámbito público.
Right now, in America, almost 40 million people are living below the poverty line. Struggling to hang on. Making hard choices between hunger, housing and health care for their families.
Find out what it is like for a families living at the poverty line. | En Español
Catholics Confront Global Poverty
Watch these videos to find out more about the seven focus issues for the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative:
- This is What Solidarity Looks Like
- Catholics Confront Global Poverty video
- International Assistance
- Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding
- Debt Relief
- Global Trade and Agricultural Policies
- Natural Resources
- Climate Change
Catholic Climate Covenant
Find out why the Church is urging Catholics to be advocates for those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
- Fair Trade