“Charity is certainly
greater than any rule.
Moreover, all rules
lead to charity.”

St. Vincent de Paul





Notes from The OPJCC Director

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development

May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialog and Development. The day provides an opportunity to help individuals and communities understand the value of cultural diversity and learn how to live together in harmony. It was adopted in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Earth Day is April 22

For many countries, “Mother Earth” is a common expression for our planet and its biosphere as the giver and sustainer of life. It reflects the interdependence that exists among all creation, human and nonhuman.

National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month, and this year the National Women’s History Project is honoring the important roles of multicultural suffragists and voting rights activists who have shaped U.S. history. Each of these richly diverse women succeeded against great odds.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The Catholic Church proclaims that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. …

International Women’s Day

Every year the United Nations (UN) pays tribute to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and reaffirms its commitment to counter antisemitism, racism, and other forms of intolerance that may lead to group targeted violence. One-hundred eighty-nine governments participated in writing and signing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 1995, and according to UN Women, it is the “most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights.

World Day of Social Justice

World Day of Social Justice is Feb. 20, 2021. The United Nations states, “We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.”

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Keeping in mind that the Sisters of Charity made a Congregational Stand to abolish human trafficking in October 2015, and the Associates supported that Stand, consider making a personal commitment in 2021 to take action to end human trafficking.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Today, Jan. 11, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and begins a month-long effort to raise awareness and bring an end to human trafficking. In October 2015 the Sisters of Charity made a Congregational Stand to abolish human trafficking, and the Associates supported that Stand. …

Contact Information for your U.S. Elected Officials

Federal Elected Officials

President – To contact the U.S. President online, click here.
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Switchboard: 202-456-1414

Members of the U.S. Congress:

U.S. Senators – To find specific contact information, such as email addresses, for your U.S. Senators, click here.
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

U.S. House of Representatives – To find specific contact information, such as an email address, for your U.S. Representative, click here.
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Switchboard: 202-224-3121

State Elected Officials

State Governors – To learn how to get in touch with your state governor, click here.
State Legislators – To find the names and current activities of your state legislators, click here.

Local Elected Officials

U.S. Mayors – To locate mayors by name, city, or population size, click here.
County Executives – To search on a map or by your zip code to find the head of the executive branch of government in your county, click here. (The county executive may be an elected or an appointed position.)
Other Local Government Officials – To find contact information for your city, county, and town officials in your state, click here.