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Patricia Drott, HIV/AIDS Liason to the Archdiocese of Chicago
10/01/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Patricia Drott is a woman with a major mission—a mission about which she is passionate. As the Catholic Charities HIV/AIDS Liaison to the Archdiocese of Chicago she wears many hats. She is a resource person to the parishes in the Archdiocese, to various Offices in the Archdiocese, to the departments and staff of Catholic Charities, and to the Cardinal.

“There’s always something going on!” This is the way Director Lisa Pauletto describes Catholic Charities’ Junior Board. That non-stop “something” started 10 years ago, when Catholic Charities initiated an organization that unleashed an explosion of charitable energy: The Catholic Charities Junior Board.

A bold new effort, the Junior Board was envisioned as a vibrant organization of young adults, ages 21 through 45, committed to assisting and promoting the compassionate works of Catholic Charities. The goal was to encourage and develop leaders in the church through effective community action that includes volunteer service, social fundraising and theological exploration. Practically speaking, the mission of the Junior Board is to create advocates for the poor, who not only help their brothers and sisters in need – of all faiths and racial and ethnic backgrounds; but also spread the word about Catholic Charities’ mission and programs in their communities. It’s clear that the Junior Board has lived up to their mission in its first decade!

Serving and Celebrating Fathers Year Round
06/12/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Fathers’ Day is a big occasion for families. On June 17, Dads and Granddads will become the center of attention and gratitude, celebrations and gifts, showered on them by their loving spouses and children. Children and grandchildren will be better behaved and present carefully selected gifts to their “Grandpa (Abuelo), Daddy (Papa), or Uncle (Tio)!”

In most families in the United States, Father’s Day is also a day for visiting or calling elderly friends and neighbors who may be alone, showing them how much we value them with our love and friendship.

I’m happy to say that, at Catholic Charities, every day is “Father’s Day!”—and has been for the 95 years of our existence!

Looking Forward to Mother’s Day on May 13th
05/08/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

Each year, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago takes up its Annual Collection on Mother’s Day! This year, as the Church continues to celebrate the Easter Season and the Resurrec­tion of Christ, I ask you to consid­er how together, we can give new life to our neighbors in need.

How appropriate it is that—even as we honor our own beloved mothers, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church— we are generously providing help to poor and struggling mothers, fathers and children—and people of all faiths in need of the basic necessities of life throughout Cook and Lake Counties.

Catholic Charities: Celebrating 95 Years of Service
04/19/2012 by Monsignor Michael M. Boland

“Christ is risen from the dead!

Dying, he conquered death:

To the dead, he has given life!”

This ancient prayer and eternal truth proclaims what the Church throughout the world believes: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!”