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Coming Events

"Praised Be: How Pope Francis' Encyclical Speaks to Tidewater's Looming Environmental Crisis - A Symposium of Church, Military, Scientific & Community Leaders"

August 25, 2015, 7pm, Sacred Heart, Norfolk

Bishop Francis DiLorenzo will welcome U.S. Navy Rear Adm. David Titley (ret.), Emily Steinhilber, Assistant Director of Coastal Resilience Research at Old Dominion University, a soon-to-be announced Catholic theologian, and others as we consider faithful solutions to the rising tides and climate crisis facing our common home. Register here.

Before you come: read Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home here

Learn about the Church's distinctive perspective and contribution to "integral ecology" here

Past Events

Catholic Advoacay Day 2015


Jeff Caruso, BIshop Francis DiLorenzo and Bishop Paul Loverde, top left. The CAD crowd at the SunTrust Building listens to talk on the issues, above. Below, Catholic advocates from the Arlington and the Richmond dioceses visit their legislators' offices in the General Assembly and meet with Senator Adam Ebbin, immediate below right, and Senator Charles Colgan, shown with back to camera, far below right. Photos by Terence Talley.




Richmond Marriage Walk & Prayer Rally 2014

Hundreds attended the May 13, 2014, prayer walk and rally outside the Federal Courthouse in Richmond and at the Virginia Capitol Bell Tower. Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Conference, was among the speakers.




Catholic Advocacy Day 2014


In photos above, Bishops Francis DiLorenzo (left) and Paul Loverde look over Catholic Advocacy Day materials. Executive Director Jeff Caruso explains some of the issues in which the Conference would be involved. Below, some of the 150 Catholics who attended this year's event gather for before-advocacy issue presentations, then meet with lawmakers, and watch the Senate in session from the gallery.

(Photos courtesy Sammy Snider)

Catholic lobbyists influence lawmakers, Catholic Virginian, Feb. 17, 2014

Advocates aim to influence public policy, Arlington Herald, Feb. 15, 2014

See video of a recent Catholic Advocacy Day.

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Life & Justice Concerns of Church in VA 2014


Photo top left: Conference Associate Director Amanda Jay presented issues on which she would focus this legislative session, along with Associate Directors Michael Lewis, seated left, and Virginia Podboy. A participant asks a question, top right. A shot of the crowd, which numbered about 50 people.

2nd Annual VA Stands for Life Rally

Jan. 8, 2014

Photos, from left, Conference Associate Director Virginia Podboy with pro-life champion and LiveAction founder Lila Rose. Rose urging crowd to continue fighting for pro-life legislation. Hundreds turn out on Capitol Square on a frigid morning to rally for life.