The People’s Pastoral

brochure front pictureA Universal Echo from Appalachia

When the Roman Catholic bishops of the world gathered at the Second Vatican Council, they articulated the Church as “the people of God” – not only the pope, bishops, and priests, but the entire people of God.  They further articulated, in Gaudium et Spes, how the Church was to be present in the modern world; and their key was dialogue.

Since 1970, members of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) have been in dialogue with the people of Appalachia.  We meet them where they are: in the hills and hollers; in small towns and big cities; in the coal mines, factories, schools; and on front porches. As we listen to their stories, we hear the cry of the poor, the excluded and the forgotten. It has become increasingly easier to hear Earth’s cry, too, and indeed that of the entire cosmos.  In listening, we come to find their stories resonate deeply with our own and we learn from them how profoundly empowering storytelling can be.

Now the People’s Pastoral website is a sacred, safe place for us to continue the dialogue.  Here, we gather up that cry and give it a public voice; and we invite you to add yours to it.  Do you struggle, too? Are you an advocate for Earth or others not being heard?  It’s easy. Tell us what it’s like to be you in your place. We will share them all through the Pastoral and the People of God will have one voice, a universal echo from Appalachia, that invites the church to respond in action.

What is the People’s Pastoral?
Add Your Voice
Collect Stories

Hear the Cry
The Church’s Response
History of the Pastoral


4 Responses to The People’s Pastoral

  1. CCA Staff says:

    Thank you, Joe. Much appreciated.

  2. Joe Flannery says:

    Mr. Lafrate Your article about Bishop Bransfield and Bishop Lori was excellent. Thank you for the hard work required to prepare this very disturbing story. Joe

  3. Susan Varlamoff says:

    Please consider using and promoting the Action Plan for Laudato Si developed by University of Georgia scientists including me. It is filled with actions parishes and parishioners can take to reduce our carbon footprint. To our knowledge it is the only one in the nation and world and is now being used by churches of all faiths in Georgia.

  4. Rolando Rodriguez says:

    I have never had the opportunity to visit Appalachia. The Appalachian bishops’ pastoral letter, “This Land is Home to Me,” was my introduction to its history, its present and the future the Catholic Committee of Appalachia is envisioning. I look forward to learning more through this site.
    Caminamos juntos. We walk together.
    Rolando Rodriguez, OFS.

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