Catholic Charities USA is the national office for local Catholic Charities agencies and affiliates nationwide. Catholic Charities USA provides strong leadership and support to enhance the work of local agencies in their efforts to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities.
New Orleans, LA–Catholic Charities USA, the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, has presented a specially-commissioned Centennial Medal to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in recognition of their deep commitment to the vision and mission of Catholic Charities USA.
Rev. Larry Snyder, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, presented the medal at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Meeting, September 9, 2010, in New Orleans, LA. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization of men and women, provides person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. The society was established in the United States in 1845.
Catholic Charities USA was founded in 1910 “to bring about a sense of solidarity” among those in charitable ministries. Since 1910, Catholic Charities USA has encouraged professional social work practice, provided opportunities for training and networking, and served as a national voice and expert on poverty issues. The Centennial is a time to reflect on past accomplishments and renew the commitment to serve those in need.
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Whether we are helping people meet their most basic needs or advocating for social change to reduce poverty in America, our Catholic values, teachings, and traditions provide the foundation for the work we do in Catholic Charities. We are called to witness the love of God through compassionate care of all God’s children and to work prophetically, as Jesus did in his time, to build a more just and equitable society.