Catholic Charities of Idaho Honors Bishop Michael Patrick Driscoll

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Bishop Michael Patrick Driscoll was born Aug. 8, 1939, in Long Beach, Calif. He attended Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fernando and St. John Seminary College in Camarillo. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1965.  He served in several pastoral assignments in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, until 1975, when he was appointed associate director for Catholic Charities in Orange County.  That same year he earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. The following year, when the Diocese of Orange was created, Father Driscoll was asked by Bishop William R Johnson to be his chancellor and to help organize the new diocese. He was also named Vicar of Charities,… Read more »

A Culture of Care in Rural Idaho

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The Magazine of Catholic Charities USA | Fall 2017 Volume 44 Number 4 Catholic Charities in Rural America Page 11 By Douglas Alles, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of Idaho At the close of Vatican II, Pope Paul VI held up the parable of the Good Samaritan as the model of Catholic spiritual and active life. Inspired by this ideal, Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) strives to be the “Good Samaritan” to those most in need here in the Gem State. This work of renewal has energized our commitment to poor and marginalized families and helped us better understand and realize our mission as the caring and skilled social service arm of the Diocese of Boise. READ MORE: CharitiesUSA Fall CCI Article… Read more »

“Share the Journey” by assisting those most in need.

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  “Prayer without action is no prayer at all.” St. Teresa of Calcutta, Patron Saint of Catholic Charities/Caritas Internationalis DONATE   In September 2017, Pope Francis is asking Christians from all over the world to “Share the Journey” by walking in solidarity with the poor, the hungry, those exploited, migrants and refugees, and all who struggle.  Will YOU help us create a culture of encounter and welcome here in Idaho?  Your gift offers support and hope to our neediest  brothers and sisters. Please donate to Catholic Charities of Idaho today. We make it easy for you to donate with three secure giving options: Donate securely online with a credit card, Call (208) 350-7481, Or mail a donation (payable to Catholic Charities of Idaho)… Read more »

Instill hope for a brighter future for those we serve this Mother’s Day.

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Your generous support funds CCI programs that strengthen families, alleviate poverty, and instill hope for a brighter future for those we serve! DONATE   Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to assist families in need. Join our efforts to make Idaho a better place for all by making a gift to Catholic Charities in honor or memory of a special woman in your life. In your name, we will mail a Mother’s Day card to your loved one! What would you do to ensure the protection, support, and flourishing of your children? In Idaho, too many parents struggle to care for their children in the face of adversity. At Catholic Charities of Idaho, we offer a range of services that… Read more »

Instill hope for a brighter future: Arla Madinda’s story.

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The Catholic Charities of Idaho (CCI) Mother’s Day appeal letter featured a special family that worked together with CCI to build a secure, safe future. We invite you to learn more about Arla Madinda’s journey DONATE Arla’s story of hope for a brighter future.   Arla Madinda* came to the United States in 2012 after spending years in a refugee camp in western Africa. Arla is the mother of five children, and her story reminds us that few things match the power of a mother’s love and determination. Devotion to her children brought Arla to Catholic Charities of Idaho, first in 2014 for housing assistance and then again in 2016, when she enrolled in our Active Parenting classes to learn… Read more »

Christians in a Divided Country

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The divisions that trouble our country are hardly new, and certainly are not without parallel in recent US history. One of my most vivid school memories is of my fourth grade class, on Election Day in 1968, evenly divided between Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon (we took a class vote!). The next morning we learned that Mr. Nixon had actually won the election, but listened as a sober television reporter wondered how a country so divided by war and racial conflict could heal. I don’t know if America is as divided today as it was in 1968. Social media accelerates and amplifies opinion and passion in a manner unimaginable 50 years ago. Yet, by any measure, we are a separated… Read more »

Loaves & Fishes Celebrates Mardi Gras

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Unveiling a new plan to alleviate, reduce, and end poverty for those it serves, Catholic Charities of Idaho raised over $97,000 to benefit local programs on February 4th at its annual Loaves & Fishes Gala at the Grove Hotel in Boise. The evening celebration included dinner, dancing and a live auction at the Mardi Gras-themed event. Auction items included sailing with Bishop Peter on a “Journey to Hope, ID”, and a custom reproduction of an icon hand painted by the Bishop. Event proceeds will benefit human service programs operated by the agency. Catholic Charities serves over 3,000 people annually through a variety of services, including mental health counseling, immigration legal services, skill building and educational services, youth mentoring, asset building,… Read more »

Bishop Peter Christensen’s Statement on Immigration and Refugee Executive Orders

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In light of recent and expected federal executive orders, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise affirms our commitment to accompanying and supporting the vulnerable in our society, including immigrants and refugees. I believe that comprehensive immigration reform is the best and most appropriate solution for addressing immigration issues. Accordingly, I urge our elected officials to seek solutions that will not only help with national security, but also facilitate family unification. My heart and prayers also go out to refugee families and to those seeking political asylum that have faced terrible violence, lost their homes and now need a new place to live. It is my hope that our federal government focus its efforts on comprehensive immigration reform and humane refugee… Read more »