Who We Are

A Message from Catholic Charities President and CEO

Stephen Carattini discusses how and why Catholic Charities assists those in need.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in Catholic Charities and for visiting us virtually. I hope you find the information and stories you encounter here to be inspirational and informative. 

You may have noticed that there is a ‘new guy’ writing this message. After 10 years of faithful and dedicated service Art Bennett retired in early January. I am honored and humbled to have been appointed by Bishop Burbidge to succeed Art and to lead Catholic Charities into a new decade. Please pray that I will be a worthy successor.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote that for love to be of service, it must be organized. This practice of ‘organized love’ is the task and privilege of our agency. Each day more than 130 employees and hundreds of volunteers bring the love and consolation of Jesus Christ to thousands of individuals and families throughout our diocese. 

As we have all become aware, the effects of a continuing pandemic and economic deprivation have impacted disproportionately people who were, and remain, on the margins of our society.

Bishop Burbidge has called upon each of us to remember our responsibility to “see and serve the poor.” 

In the Gospel of Luke we are told that the Good Samaritan sees the wounded man and brings him to an inn where he will be treated. I like to think of Catholic Charities as that inn, a place where all those who are suffering receive the assistance they require and the love they deserve.  

Our work is made possible by the Holy Spirit and by your prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial gifts. On behalf of all the people we serve, thank you.

May God’s Peace be with you.

St. Thomas More, Pray for Us.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Pray for Us.