Author Archives: CCA Staff

New Video on the People’s Pastoral

We are happy to share this new short video reflection on CCA’s “people’s pastoral” letter, The Telling Takes Us Home. Immersion and service groups coming to the Appalachian region may find this video particularly helpful. Please let us know how … Continue reading

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CCA, Bishop Stowe, Among Supporters of RECLAIM Act of 2017

Last week, religious communities sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing support for a bipartisan bill that could jump start economies in coal communities: the RECLAIM Act of 2017. The RECLAIM Act brings hope … Continue reading

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‘Faith, Hope, Love: Our Common Home’ Social Ministries Conference to be Held in South Charleston

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.—“Faith, Hope, Love: Our Common Home” Social Ministries Conference will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The conference is free and is being sponsored by the Diocese of … Continue reading

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CCA Co-Coordinators to Share Social Justice Message at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Jeannie Kirkhope and Michael Iafrate, co-coordinators of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, are among the presenters sharing a message of social justice at the 20th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The annual gathering, held this year from November 4-6 … Continue reading

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Statement on Trump Administration’s Cancellation of DACA

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has released a statement on the Trump administration’s cancellation of the DACA program. The entire statement, which was approved by the CCA Board of Directors, can be read here.

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CCA Bishop Liaison’s Statement on Charlottesville

Lexington Bishop John Stowe, CCA’s Bishop Liaison, has released a statement on recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The statement is available as a PDF here. The text of the statement follows: 17 August 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, … Continue reading

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CCA Statement on White Supremacy

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has released a statement on white supremacy in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The entire statement, which was approved by the CCA Board of Directors, can be read here.

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Fr. Les Schmidt Celebrates Jubilee Year

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) joins Glenmary Home Missioners in congratulating Fr. Les Schmidt as he celebrates 60 years as a Glenmarian this year. Father Les is a founding member of CCA, was instrumental in the development of the original Appalachian … Continue reading

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CCA Releases Statement on Reversal of Stream Protection Rule

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia has released a statement opposing Congress’ recent reversal of the Stream Protection Rule which would have offered greater protections to waterways in proximity to surface mine sites and would have encouraged more adequate reclamation of mined … Continue reading

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CCA’s North Carolina Chapter Releases Statement on Clericalism

The North Carolina Chapter of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) has issued a statement of concern regarding the adequacy of local church leadership. Titled “Statement of Concern on Clericalism from Appalachian Catholics in the Smoky Mountain Region,” the statement … Continue reading

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