Three Catholic Charities events are offered in the Southern Tier - Catholic Courier

Three Catholic Charities events are offered in the Southern Tier

Registration remains open for three Catholic Charities-related events coming up in the Southern Tier.

* Catholic Charities of Steuben County is hosting an ecumenical workshop and lunch for pastoral and social-ministry leaders on Tuesday, May 12, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 122 Liberty St., Bath, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To reserve a spot, call Bob Colomaio at 607-776-8085, ext. 217, or Deacon Dan Williams at 607-346-7255.

The keynote speaker that day will be Luther Snow, a best-selling author in the field of congregational community development, who will present “Loaves and Fishes: What We Can Do with What God Has Given.” According to Deacon Williams, parish social-ministry coordinator for Catholic Charities of Steuben County, Snow has worked with civic organizations large and small, rural and urban, all across the nation for the last 25 years. Snow’s May 12 workshop will introduce his own “asset mapping” method, designed to quickly and simply utilize available community assets in ways that often have been previously unseen.

During his stay in the Rochester Diocese, Snow also will meet with a group of pastoral leaders involved with the diocesan rural pastoral ministry initiative on May 11 in Penn Yan; facilitate a workshop of the Central Steuben Catholic Parishes planning group on May 12; and speak at Cornell University’s Rural Learning Network conference in Corning on May 13.

* Catholic Charities of Tioga, Chemung and Schuyler counties will host a Catholic Campaign for Human Development information session on Friday, May 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the St. Patrick Church hall, 300 Main St., Owego. Among the topics to be covered are: What is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development? and What are the application criteria and due dates for local and national grants? Participants also will meet with members of an organization currently funded by CCHD.

Lunch will be provided. There is no fee, but registration is required. Register by May 14 by contacting Kathy Dubel of Catholic Charities at 607-734-9784, ext. 135, or kdubel@dor.org. Or, call Ellen Keough of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes at 607-687-1068.

* The annual Catholic Charities Parish Social Ministry and Works of Love Recognition Dinner will be held Monday, June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hill Top Inn, Jerusalem Hill, Elmira. Serving as keynoter will be Edward Nowak, recently retired Monroe County Public Defender and current diocesan Public Policy Committee member. He will speak on “Prodigal Sons and Daughters: Transition from Incarceration to Home and Community,” which the Public Policy Committee has selected as an educational theme for 2009.

Reservations for the dinner may be made by June 3 by contacting Kathy Dubel at Catholic Charities. Free-will offerings are welcomed to help cover costs.

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