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Fr. Larry Snyder
Alexandria, VA
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I don't know about you, but I love my smartphone. It's amazing to think that only 10 years ago, the way we consumed news, caught up on work emails, or kept in touch with family members was so drastically different - then one device came along and changed everything. Last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
It is hard to believe that one year has passed since communities from West Virginia to Connecticut were affected by the fury and might of Superstorm Sandy. I visited the areas affected shortly thereafter and it was impossible not to be struck by the awesome power of nature and its... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
Today we celebrate World Food Day, an opportunity for us to look at how the absence of this most basic necessity shapes the lives of our neighbors and how our individual and collective decisions affect justice in our food system. In a message this morning to the United Nations’ Food... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
Three days after a shutdown of the federal government went into effect, our congressional leaders remain unable to reach a compromise to keep our government’s doors open. The impact of this shutdown is being felt in communities across the nation. While some may wonder what effect political disagreements in Washington,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
I am very proud to announce that today marks the 103rd anniversary of Catholic Charities USA. Officially founded in 1910 on the campus of Catholic University of America, our great organization was created to promote the diocesan Catholic charities bureaus both individually and as a whole. Historically we trace our... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
At last weekend's 2013 Annual Gathering I was fortunate enough to deliver the opening address. Below is an exerpt of my speech, and please click here to see the full version. Thank you again for all who attended and made it yet another wonderful Annual Gathering. “Good morning! Let me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
Our hearts are filled with sorrow at the tragic events less than 24 hours ago in southeast Washington, D.C. Senseless violence, this time directed at the civilians and military personnel at work protecting our nation at Washington’s Navy Yard, has once again torn at the heart of a community and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
On this 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on our nation, our hearts are with the loved ones of those lost on that tragic day. Many of us, I suspect, recall exactly where we were when we heard the news, and our memory of that day has not faded... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
A cornerstone of our Catholic faith is God’s call to offer a hand to those in need, which is why, at Catholic Charities agencies across the country, we are committed to sharing God’s love and mercy through programs that provide supportive and empowering services to our most vulnerable brothers and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
Today, I and thousands of others will return to the site of one of the most iconic events in American history to celebrate its 50 year anniversary. In 1963, as a quarter-million people marched for civil and economic justice, a variety of civil and religious leaders took the stage to address the crowd and call on the government to build a society that lived up to the ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence: that all men are created equal. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
One of my favorite Gospels is the feeding of the multitude. When thousands came to hear Jesus preach, he recognized their hunger for spiritual sustenance – and their physical hunger as well! In the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, we hear a story of faith and care for others,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
Last week, members of the global Catholic Charities family (or Caritas, as Catholic Charities agencies are called in many countries), including a representative of Catholic Charities USA, had the great honor of meeting with our new Holy Father, Pope Francis. To anyone who has followed Francis’ love and commitment to... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
On May 1, Keith Styles joined Catholic Charities USA as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel following a 30 year career as a practicing attorney. In this guest blog post, Keith shares his thoughts about what called him to join the Catholic Charities movement and what his vision is for... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
On April 5, Catholic Charities USA President Fr. Larry Snyder was honored to deliver the opening prayer at the fourth annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast. At the event President Obama and Vice President Biden joined Christian leaders from across the country who gathered to “pray, reflect and celebrate” the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
Alleluia! He is risen! As we celebrate the joy of Easter, we can look back together over the 40 days of Lent and reflect on how they’ve changed us. On our journey to the celebration of the risen Savior, Lent gave us the opportunity to consciously be open to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
“Remember, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These powerful words that are the traditional blessing with ashes at the start of Lent remind us of our mortality as we embark on our annual 40-day journey of sacrifice with Christ from the cross to the glory of resurrection.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
I recently had the great privilege to follow in the footsteps of our Lord during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Seeing the hill of Calvary, praying in Bethlehem, and walking along the same seashore as Jesus Christ did 2,000 years ago filled me with a sense of wonder. That... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at Think and Act Anew
As the New Year approaches, it presents us with a time of reflection. One that allows us to appreciate the year we have had and to enjoy the hope and promise that lies within the year before us. At Catholic Charities USA, this time of year is no different. To... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
An end of year message from Fr. Larry Snyder. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
As discussions to address the impending “fiscal cliff” continue, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is working to ensure that policymakers are aware of how their federal spending decisions have the potential to significantly impact the more than 46 million individuals that are living in poverty in this country. As I stated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
I’m always amazed by the strength of the human spirit. Having just returned from visiting Catholic Charities agencies in New York and New Jersey affected by Super Storm Sandy, I was touched by the acts of kindness and generosity I personally witnessed from staff, volunteers, and neighbors who just want... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
With over 46 million Americans living in poverty, it is a critical piece of our work to be able to internalize the struggles of our brothers and sisters in need as we continue our work to end poverty. If we take the time to put ourselves in their shoes, we gain the empathy we need and a deeper understanding for how to truly help. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
For most of us, the pain and tragedy of that cloudless day in September is still very raw. Reflecting on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th, 2001, it is impossible to forget the brave men and women who rushed in to the burning buildings to save those inside serving as heroes up until their last breaths, with no hesitation to respond in that moment of crisis. There were a lot of heroes that day. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
Seven years ago, our nation watched helplessly as Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans and the Gulf Coast into a flooded disaster zone. As I look back today, on Katrina’s seventh anniversary, wondering what Hurricane Isaac will bring, I take solace in the fact that our country and residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are stronger and more prepared for this type of disaster than they were seven years ago – likewise, Catholic Charities agencies are poised and ready to answer the call for help. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Think and Act Anew
We here at Catholic Charities USA are eagerly awaiting our upcoming trip to Saint Louis, Missouri, for our 2012 Annual Gathering. As someone who grew up in the Midwest, I’m excited to once again visit the glistening Gateway Arch, take in a Cardinals game, and experience the hospitality of our friends at Catholic Charities of St. Louis, who will be celebrating their centennial anniversary by hosting this meaningful event. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Think and Act Anew