Catholic Charities event in Washington


catholiccharities-webKevin Hickey, executive director for Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Camden; Jennifer Dyer, assistant director; and board president Father Thomas Newton, with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, are pictured at the National Press Club during a two-day Catholic Charities event in Washington, D.C. Oct. 13-14.

Leaders of Catholic Charities agencies from Hawaii, to the Virgin Islands, including representatives from the Diocese of Camden, gathered in Washington, D.C. for a two-day event, highlighting their organizations’ commitment to substantive poverty reduction.

On Oct. 13, 150 Catholic Charities directors, board members, and staff gathered at the National Press Club for dinner and a discussion, moderated by the National Journal’s Major Garrett, on innovative poverty reduction strategies.

The following day, attendees were welcomed to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building by Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The morning session touched on a wide array of topics, from jobs and the economy, the Affordable Care Act and its implementation, immigration, military families, and religious freedom.

After a tour of the White House, the program concluded with breakout sessions delving into policy topics.