Advocacy To-Do List
Join the Conference’s Email Advocacy Network
Conduct or participate in a voter registration drive in your parish
Pray about the issues, for the Bishops, the Conference and decision makers
Act on Conference issues by:
Taking action on Virginia Catholic Conference alerts
Encourage your family, friends and fellow parishioners to join the Virginia Catholic Conference Advocacy Network
Participate in Catholic Advocacy Day (held each January at the Virginia General Assembly)
The Virginia Catholic Conference represents Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and their two dioceses in public policy matters before the Virginia General Assembly and state agencies. It also supports the federal advocacy efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
In addition to staff advocating efforts, the Conference works to stimulate grassroots advocacy by Catholic parishes and parishioners in Virginia via the Conference’s Email Advocacy Network, Catholic Advocacy Day, and Advocacy Sunday (designed to boost membership in the email advocacy network).
The Conference supports parishes by:
- providing resources on Catholic Social Teaching and current public policy issues
- promoting Conference initiatives through bulletin and pulpit announcements and flyers
- cultivating relationships with Parish Liaisons
Many pastors throughout both dioceses have appointed Parish Liaisons to serve as a contact person between the Conference and pastors and parishioners. With guidance from Conference staff, Parish Liaisons learn about current issues and the Bishops’ position as it relates to Church teaching. Liaisons also coordinate with parish leadership to assist and enhance grassroots advocacy, including advocacy tips and methods, for respect life, family and education, and social justice issues.
Please talk with your pastor about the name of your Parish Liaison or ask him to appoint one for your parish.