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Nearly $100,500 in pro-life grants awarded


On Oct. 27, the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development dinner was held at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cary.

CCHD provides funds to community or parish-based programs to empower the impoverished and to make permanent changes for themselves and their communities.

In the last 10 years, more than $1million in grant funding has been distributed to local organizations in the Diocese of Raleigh.

This year, $100,425 in grants were awarded. Bishop Burbidge presented checks to each recipient who was present.

Two organizations received grants from the national CCHD office, totaling $70,000 in funding. Those national grant winners were:

  • The North Carolina Latino Coalition, which provides long term assistance and empowerment opportunities to the immigrants in our communities.
  • Orange County Justice United, a multi-faith, multi-racial citizens' organization that engages community members in decision-making on issues that affect the lives, families and communities of Orange County.

Local CCHD grants were awarded to eight organizations in the Diocese of Raleigh:

  • Agape Pregnancy Services, Fayetteville
  • Catholic Charities, New Bern
  • Family Violence Prevention Center
  • Our Lady of the Rosary, Louisburg mentoring program for Hispanic youth
  • Pardoned by Christ
  • Partners for Youth Opportunity, Durham
  • St. Paul Catholic School, New Bern
  • The Carying Place, Cary

Seven organizations that promote the sacredness of human life and dignity were also awarded grants. These grants are funded by the diocese through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Those recipients were:

  • Carolina Pregnancy Center, Greenville
  • Divine Mercy Radio, Cary
  • In His Hands Pregnancy Support Center, Smithfield
  • Furniture Project of Orange County, Chapel Hill
  • MERCI Clinic, Inc., New Bern
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Farmville
  • St. Paul Catholic School, New Bern

In his closing remarks, Bishop Burbidge said, “Each year this event reminds me of three realities: In the midst of so much suffering, we’re in this together. We don’t despair because we are people of faith. And we can only seek to help others with God’s help.”

Bishop Burbidge continued, “In the midst of so much suffering, we must foster our own spiritual lives and find strength from The Lord.”

The National Catholic Campaign for Human Development Special Collection will be Nov. 12 and 13 this year. Twenty-five percent of the national collection is retained in the diocese for smaller local grants.