Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh held its annual banquet October 27, 2011, at which time the 2011 John J. Carey Award and eight local Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Awards were presented. The event took place at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary.
Mr. Sylvester Bryant, a parishioner at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, was honored as this year’s John J. Carey Award recipient. He was introduced by Fr. Robert Kus, Pastor of St. Mary Church, who detailed the volunteer commitment Mr. Bryant has made to the St. Mary Parish outreach ministry for a number of years.
Fr. Kus cited Mr. Bryant’s work as food distribution manager, responsible for collecting and distributing food items to the families served by the parish, and his coordination of volunteers to carry out the ministry. Fr. Kus noted that Mr. Bryant is known for his kindness, patience, diligence and compassion for the clients served. The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presented Mr. Bryant with the Award.
In his comments to the gathering, Bishop Burbidge explained how the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development banquet provides the Diocese with an opportunity to express its gratitude to local organizations in carrying out the Gospel message of loving our neighbors as ourselves. “We are happy to play a small part in the generosity of our faithful to assist you in your work,” Bishop Burbidge said.
This year, a total of $21,800 was allocated in grants to eight parishes or organizations. They are:
- Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church, Buxton – Direct assistance for low-income families affected by devastation and loss of tourism income due to Hurricane Irene.
- Family Support Services, Catholic Charities Albemarle Office – Financial literacy and budget/finance planning with emergency assistance for families seeking economic stability.
- Annunciation Catholic School Community Garden, Havelock – Garden beds on school grounds; sown and tended by students with harvest given to feed the hungry in the community.
- Feed His Sheep/Stellar Peer Recovery, Clayton – Self-care training for those living with mental illness or substance abuse disorder.
- Albemarle Hospital Foundation, LaCasa After School Program – Assistance to participants with homework and social learning opportunities. Program works with school system to expand reading, math, technology and ESL skills.
- Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Louisburg – Funding for Hispanic and English financial literacy programs to ensure those in economic need are learning skills to manage their income.
- Supporting Family Economic Stability, Catholic Charities Cape Fear Office – Offers education and training for families to improve their economic stability.
- The Carying Place, Cary – Provides rent for transitional housing for homeless families moving to self-sufficiency.
During the ceremony, diocesan CCHD Committee member Mr. Daniel Ryan noted that two of the CCHD national winners are from the Diocese of Raleigh. The Community Success Initiative of Raleigh received a grant for its work with ex-offenders in transition to society in a productive and stable manner. Triangle CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) received a national grant for its mission to change oppressive structures that affect low-income and poor people in Durham and Orange Counties.
Funding for the national and local grants is provided through the annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection. Seventy-five percent of the collection is forwarded to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ CCHD office. The remaining twenty-five percent is utilized on the local level.
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Above: Mrs. Mary Lou Illingworth, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Louisburg, receiving grant check from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge at annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development banquet.
Below: Mr. Sylvester Bryant, recipient of the 2011 John J. Carey Award, with family members at award ceremony held at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary.