Catholic Charities embarks on its 99th anniversary of Providing Help & Creating Hope to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut. Our rich history of ministering to people of all faiths, during their time of crisis, is the foundation of the work that we do each and every day.
For 99 years, Catholic Charities has continued to love the most vulnerable, of every faith and background, right here in Eastern Connecticut. That love remains the clearest evidence of God’s grace in our lives. After so many years, people certainly know Catholic Charities well enough that Catholic Charities may sometimes go unnoticed. Yet people are also surprised when they learn exactly how much Catholic Charities does for those in our communities.
Pope Francis has said, “It is not enough to offer someone a sandwich unless it is accompanied by the possibility of learning how to stand on one’s own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor person as he is, is not sufficient. True mercy, the mercy God gives to us and teaches us, demands justice, it demands that the poor find the way to be poor no longer.”
Catholic Charities has shifted away from the one-time, crisis intervention programs to self-sustainability by offering long-term wrap-around services. While Catholic Charities will always provide emergency assistance, food, and hope to those in crisis, this long-term approach will move people from crisis situations to sustainable hope for the future. As we enter our 99th Anniversary Year, we realize and understand the true power of hope and what it means to those who we serve. “Hope anchors the soul,” Hebrews 6:19.
We ask that you join us and prayerfully consider a gift to the Catholic Charities Annual Fund. Your gift is a gift of love and a celebration of our 99 year legacy, our ministry today and the work that will continue through Eastern Connecticut.
Please know how grateful we are for your commitment and partnership in this charitable mission of our Church.
Gratefully Yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, D.D. Edward J. Tessman
Bishop of Norwich Executive Director