To the editor:
I write on behalf of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to thank Bishop Clark and parishioners in the Diocese of Rochester for their generous contribution of $40,298.03 from your 2005 CCHD collection.
Last year the incidence of poverty in our country rose for the fourth consecutive year with most of the increases occurring among the working poor. Without the safety net provided by safe and adequate housing, reliable transportation, functioning schools, steady employment and dependable health care, even more people will slip into an intolerable existence.
Through the support of parishioners in dioceses across the country, we were able to grant $9 million in 2005 to anti-poverty, social justice projects in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. CCHD takes the risk of investing in the dignity of poor and low-income people. Your partnership with us helps break the cycle of poverty. So, in the name of those who will be helped by the generosity of your people, I say thank you, too.
In his World Day of Peace Message for 2006 Pope Benedict XVI challenges us with these words: Peace thus comes to be seen in a new light: not as the mere absence of war, but as a harmonious coexistence of individual citizens within a society governed by justice, one in which the good is also achieved, to the extent possible, for each of them.
Your support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps achieve “the good” for families and communities struggling in poverty. We are grateful for Bishop Clark’s leadership and the invaluable efforts of the diocesan director, Mr. Jack Balinsky. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Timothy F. Collins
Catholic Campaign for Human Development