Dear Sisters and
Brothers in Christ:
May God bless you! The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) will be taken up in parishes this weekend. This collection supports works of charity and justice in a manner consistent with Catholic teaching by funding community groups whose goals are to solve problems and change policies that keep individuals in poverty.
In the last couple of years, CCHD has undergone a serious and substantive review and renewal that is designed to reaffirm its Catholic foundations. This review also served to strengthen CCHD’s policies, practices and tools to ensure that CCHD is a faithful, effective and accountable work of the church that carries out its essential mission in full conformity with Catholic social and moral teaching. I support this renewal and encourage you to read more about it here.
Twenty-five percent of CCHD donations remain at home, and at the local level, the CCHD-funded group, Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT), has worked to achieve a more viable way of registering qualified children who live in poverty for the Kentucky Child Health Insurance Program (KCHIP). Because of this effort, more than 60,000 additional uninsured children throughout the state of Kentucky have been registered for this health coverage over the past four years.
Please fight poverty and support CCHD in the upcoming collection. For more information about CCHD and the groups it funds, please visit www.usccb.org. You and your family are in my prayers.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville