Baltimore, MD, May 29, 2012– More than 350 attendees, from Haiti and from over 30 U.S. states, Canada and France, will fill the National Conference on Solidarity “Haiti: One Table, Many Partners” at the Catholic University in Washington, June 1-3. This is the largest gathering ever of its kind between the Church in Haiti and the United States.
“We are very pleased that this important conference has attracted such great interest,” said Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti, president of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti. “It’s so important for all of us committed to Haiti to come together in prayer and to share our experiences, ideas, and vision for Haiti’s future.”
“Helping the people of Haiti and supporting the Church there in serving the needy and rebuilding Church structures as well as people’s lives is of great importance to the Church in the United States. We are committed to doing everything we can to assist our brothers and sisters in Haiti” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and a member of the Haiti Advisory Group of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
“Haiti: One Table, Many Partners” will be hosted by USCCB and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The conference will include Haitian and U.S. Church leaders who are involved in parish and diocesan partnerships, evangelization, church reconstruction, and those working in sustainable development. In addition to expert speakers, the conference will feature workshops on project areas like catechesis, reconstruction, education and livelihoods.
Keynote speakers include Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, archbishop of Miami and chairman of the USCCB Haiti Advisory Group; Bishop Chibly Langlois; Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of CRS; and Jesuit Father Allan Figueroa Deck, a noted speaker on multiculturalism in the Church.
One Table Many Partners logo available upon request.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency provides assistance to people in nearly 100 countries and territories based on need, regardless of race, nationality or creed. For more information, please visit www.crs.org or www.crsespanol.org.