Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Press Release: 100,000 Hope to Take #WalkwithFrancis Pledge

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Here's our official press release from today's #WalkwithFrancis Pledge Launch, scroll to the bottom to see some of the pledge videos from Katie Ledecky, Coach Mark Turgeon and Msgr. Enzler:

100,000 Hope to Take #WalkwithFrancis Pledge

Public announcement includes a wide-range of local personalities and clients of Catholic Charities who will take the pledge to “walk with Pope Francis” by praying, serving or acting in ways that help others.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                        
A joint effort by Catholic Charities and parishes from across the Archdiocese of Washington,  along with people of good will, launches today to encourage Washington-area residents to improve their community however they can, following in the model of Pope Francis. The pledge will be shared on  Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and other social media platforms, using the hashtag #WalkwithFrancis. Those who pledge are invited to “call out” others on social media to also take the pledge. Videos from local leaders and organizations are available at www.WalkwithFrancis.org.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, said “The Walk with Francis Pledge offers people the opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with the Holy Father and answer his call to bring Christ’s love, mercy and hope to others, especially those on the margins of society.  Since being elected pontiff, one of the things that Pope Francis has highlighted in his ministry has been concern and care for the poor and the marginalized. In doing so, he is reminding us of something that the Catholic Church has always done - feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, and visiting the sick and imprisoned. It is my hope that we can all take inspiration from Pope Francis’s example and our entire community can join together to help brighten our world in this way.”

Pledge takers can visit www.WalkwithFrancis.org to take the pledge in whatever area is best for them – through prayer and learning about the Gospel message, through charitable service to others, and/or through taking action to spread the Gospel in our families, workplaces and community. During his visit in September, the Pope will be presented with a book highlighting thousands of social media posts with the #WalkwithFrancis tag as a way to demonstrate the region’s commitment to the Holy Father’s message of service, prayer and action.

Msgr. John Enzler, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, will take his pledge at the launch. A number of local leaders in public service, sports, television, and even a few clients and volunteers at Catholic Charities have been invited to join Msgr. Enzler at the conference to demonstrate that everyone can #WalkwithFrancis.

“At the very spot where Pope Francis will stand in just over two months, we are going to launch a major effort for 100,000 people to commit to improving our community,” said Msgr. Enzler. “I can’t think of a better gift for his Holiness.”

See some pledge videos from our early pledge takers! 


About the Archdiocese of Washington
The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 95 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities meets the most pressing human needs,  serving tens of thousands of people annually through 65 programs in 47 locations throughout the District of Columbia and Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland. For more information, visit www.CatholicCharitiesDC.org.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pope Francis is coming to Catholic Charities!

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You may have heard the amazing news, but if not, Pope Francis has announced he will include a stop at Catholic Charities to meet with some of our clients and maybe even join us in serving lunch with our St. Maria's Meals Van during his visit to Washington, DC in September.

This will be the first time a Pope has visited Catholic Charities since we first opened our doors in 1922.

I keep saying this out loud, but it still seems unbelievable: Pope Francis will visit our clients, in-person! It will be a historic visit, and I am truly humbled the Holy Father has chosen to spend some of his time to visit the people we serve on the same trip where he will address a joint session of the US Congress. What a powerful message.

In the coming weeks, keep an eye on www.CatholicCharitiesDC.org/WalkwithFrancis. We're putting together some fun ways to celebrate the coming visit of the Holy Father to Catholic Charities. It is our hope that his visit will be a huge boost to all of the low-income families and individuals in our community.

Check out some of the media coverage from yesterday's schedule announcement:

CBS 9: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2015/06/30/pope-francis-trip-to-the-us-cuba-itinerary/29502041/

ABC 7: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/06/pope-in-u-s-to-meet-with-homeless-prisoners-and-immigrants-115184.html

Catholic Standard: http://www.catholicstandard.org/Content/News/Homepage-Rotating-Articles/Article/Cardinal-Wuerl-details-Vatican-s-official-schedule-for-Pope-Francis-s-visit-to-Washington/2/409/6718