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"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

Sign in and refreshments at 6:30pm.

Sponsored by the Virginia Catholic Conference, the Diocese of Richmond's Office of Social Ministries, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Diocese of Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo will welcome to Norfolk:

  •  Dr. William Dinges, Ordinary Professor of Religion and Culture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies and a fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, speaking on the theology of the papal encyclical;
  • U.S. Navy Rear Adm. David Titley (ret.), nationally known expert in the field of climate, the Arctic, and National Security, speaking on the effect of climate change on the U.S. Navy and national security;
  • Ray Toll, Director of Coastal Resilience Research at Old Dominion University, who will explore how climate change and rising tides are affecting the Hampton Roads region;
  • Andy and Joelle Presby, Norfolk residents, who will talk about how rising tidewaters have affected them personally.
  • Dan Misleh, founding executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, who will discuss how the Catholic Church in the U.S. is embracing and putting into action Pope Francis' ecology encyclical.
  • Jeff Caruso, Conference executive director, will talk about the Conference's role in environmental concerns and moderate the discussion.
  • Msgr. Walter Barrett, Episcopal Vicar, Eastern Vicariate, Catholic Diocese of Richmond, will introduce the panelists.


Join our panel discussion as we consider how Catholics and the community can apply the Pope's encyclical to ecological issues, including the effect of rising tides and the climate crisis facing our common home.

Register here.

Read Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home here

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


Diocesan Events

Peace and Justice Commission Conference: Race Relations: Educating to End Racism and Build Solidarity

September 5, 2015, 9 a.m. Mass; 10 a.m. conference, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Sponsored by the Diocese of Arlington's Peace and Justice Commission. Join this half-day conference for a conversation about the role that race and diversity play in our society, in light of recent race-related events. See the flyer 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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