Holy Week Blessings,
 
This is a reissue of our spring newsletter with a correction to a member news item. We also take this opportunity to join our prayers with many others in the wake of the fire that devastated the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. Thankfully, no lives were lost, some of the church was saved, and a philanthropic initiative was launched to rebuild.
 
We are also excited to announce that Sr. Norma Pimentel, M.J. , Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, will join FADICA for its Member Delegation to the southern border, October 3-4, 2019 . In El Paso, FADICA will confer its Distinguished Catholic Leadership Award to Sr. Norma and pray with and learn from her.
 
Prayers for this Holy Week,
The FADICA Team

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Dear Members,
 
Warm Lenten greetings from FADICA. We pray this message finds you well! The last few months have been full as the FADICA community has gathered to discern and act on God’s vision for our world at this critical time.
 
At our February annual meeting, members voted to affirm the development of a ‘Catholic donor pledge initiative’ to advance safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults through philanthropy. The FADICA member working group on protection shaped the recommended initiative, through which we will collaborate with a leading technical assistance provider in abuse prevention.
 
This new member service will clearly communicate the priority and value of safety to Catholic donors. Programmatically, it will support the capacity of members and their grantees (as desired) to build a culture of safety through model policies and resources, online and in-person trainings, and individualized consultation. I look forward to sharing more details soon about this forthcoming member benefit. As always, please contact me directly with any thoughts or input. You can find other resources related to this year’s member gathering on the members-only website .

During this holy season, you and your families and grantee-partners are in our prayers and hearts as we prepare for the promise of Easter!

Warmly,
Alexia
SAVE THE DATE!
Annual Retreat & Member Delegation
October 3-4, 2019 | El Paso, Texas
2020 Annual Meeting & Symposium
February 6-8, 2020 | Clearwater, FL
FADICA Events & News
Save the Date! October 3-4 Member Retreat & Delegation

This October, members will travel to the U.S.-Mexico border to learn first-hand from experts and leaders about the crucial issues of the borderland region. Delegates will witness the leadership of Catholic ministries, and their accompaniment of migrants, refugees, and asylees in El Paso, TX. The gathering will include our annual member retreat, experiential learning, site visits, prayer, and small group sessions. Registration details coming soon!
St. Katharine Drexel’s Five Inspirations for Catholic Philanthropists

Most philanthropists will hear at some point about St. Katharine Drexel, patron saint of philanthropy. St. Katharine is an especially inspiring figure for Catholic philanthropists – and here are at least five reasons why.
FADICA Co-Hosts Dinner for the Centre for Child Protection

On March 25th, FADICA co-hosted a dinner conversation in New York City with Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J., President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University, and a member of the recent Vatican summit planning committee. The Centre is the leading safeguarding trainer for the global Church particularly in under resourced regions of the world. The dinner, co-hosted with the Gregorian University Foundation and Leadership Roundtable, provided members and NYC-area philanthropists an opportunity to learn about the outcomes of the Vatican meeting and the Centre's work.
FADICA Joins Summit & Interfaith Witness at Border

In late February, FADICA participated in a Border Summit in El Paso, TX of Catholic and interfaith leaders who work with border communities and arriving refugees and migrants. The Summit was in conjunction with the Tex-Mex Bishops Conference, a gathering of the Catholic bishops of Texas and northern Mexico which led to this statement . Maddy McMahon represented FADICA at the Summit, which was hosted by the Hope Border Institute , FADICA’s local partner for our member delegation in El Paso from October 3-4, 2019.
Member and Philanthropy News
FADICA Welcomes Doug Milroy!
Warmest welcome to new member, Doug Milroy Doug is involved in a wide variety of Catholic activities across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He serves as Chair of the Aim Higher Foundation and on the board of The Catholic Community Foundation. Doug assists the Archdiocese with initiatives supporting Catholic schools and leadership development at the St. Paul Seminary. Most recently, he facilitated a strategic planning meeting of the Catholic School Philanthropy Working Group in Washington, D.C.
FADICA member the Crimsonbridge Foundation was honored with the Community Builder Award from the Latino Student Fund. Founder and President Gabriela Smith and Executive Director Danielle Reyes accepted the award on March 14th at the Fund’s 25th Anniversary Gala at the Washington National Cathedral.
In this video, Danielle discusses the Foundation's partnership with the Latino Student Fund, which works to increase Hispanic enrollment in Catholic schools.
Congratulations, Crimsonbridge!
Members Join March 18th
Climate Conversation in D.C.
New member John O’Shaughnessy of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary hosted DC-area members for dinner and conversation with the Board and staff of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), a worldwide network of 650+ Catholic member organizations responding to Pope Francis’ call to take action on climate change.
Assisi Foundation Steps Up for Stroke Victims
The Assisi Foundation of Memphis has stepped up to cover the cost of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Mobile Stroke Unit until an agreement can be reached to ensure a pathway for insurance coverage of the unit’s services.
Tim Connors Joins National Advisory Council of USCCB
FADICA member Tim Connors recently joined the National Advisory Council of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Tim says, "I can’t imagine a more important time for the U.S. bishops to have advice from laity and I’m honored to be a voice for my fellow lay Catholics."
Church News
Vatican Summit Follow-Up
A number of follow-up measures from the February bishops' meeting on the protection of minors in the church are underway, including a global guidebook for bishops in responding to cases of sexual abuse or cover-up, task forces help regional churches in areas that may lack necessary resources to deal with abuse, and other legislative reforms. Participants described the meeting’s impact in beginning a transformation in the culture of bishops and religious superiors.
Watch: Pastoral Letter on Racism
In November 2018, the USCCB released a pastoral letter against racism — their first in almost 40 years. In honor of Black History Month in February, Catholic Mobilizing Network shared its top 5 takeaways from the letter.
Georgetown University REPAM Meeting
Last month, Georgetown University hosted Red Eclesial PanAmazonica (REPAM), the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network, for a special assembly ahead of Pope Francis' October 2019 Synod. The Synod will convene bishops from around the world to participate in month-long conversations about care for the Amazon and indigenous people. The Georgetown assembly, based on the preparatory synod document Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology , focused on the environmental and social degradation faced in the region which is home to over 3 million indigenous people and the “lungs” of the world.
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