Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh held its annual Catholic Campaign for Human Development Banquet October 25 to recognize the 2012 John J. Carey Award recipient and present 13 local CCHD awards. The event took place at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary.
This year’s John J. Carey honoree is Mrs. Sandra S. Kreps, a parishioner at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. In announcing this year’s recipient, Ms. Kathleen Walsh, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, commended Mrs. Kreps for her “passionate witness to the importance of those in our prisons and correctional facilities. This active, tireless and deeply committed woman has been working in prison ministry since moving to North Carolina in 1996,” Ms. Walsh said.
Mrs. Kreps became involved as a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Burlington and grew even more involved when she and her husband Tom moved to Raleigh, eventually becoming trained and credentialed at the North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. Ms. Walsh said Sandra has expanded her outreach and brought more Catholic men and women into the ministry.
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presented Mrs. Kreps with the Award. In his remarks, Bishop Burbidge expressed his sincere gratitude, admiration and affection for her great service, witness and example.
This year’s local CCHD grant recipients are:
Albemarle Hospital Foundations, LaCasa After School Program
Blessed Sacrament Church, Garden of Incarnation
Catholic Charities, Faith-based Support Circle Program
Catholic Charities, Tar River Family Support Services
Durham Congregations in Action, Yo: Durham
Harbor of Johnston County, New Choices Program
Orange County Justice United
Pro-Life Office, Diocese of Raleigh
St. Catherine of Siena Church, Tarboro
StepUp Ministry-Life Skills
The Carying Place
Wake Interfaith Hospitality Network
Witness for Peace, Southeast
Ms. Susan Black, director of Yo: Durham, told the gathering that her organization is aimed at helping 15-17 year old at-risk teens by providing them with internships and support to stay in school. She says the program’s success can be measured by the number of teenagers who have graduated high school and advanced to college.
In explaining the mission of Orange County Justice United, Ms. Tish Galu said her parish, St. Thomas More Church in Chapel Hill, along with 25 other churches and non-profit agencies are working together to address social justice issues, specifically fair housing practices and a tenants’ bill of rights.
Pat Lykins, executive director of The Carying Place, noted how this year’s CCHD grant will be used to purchase Internet access and educational supplies to provide their homeless clients with the opportunity to break free from the cycle of poverty. She said her facility, now in its 20th year of serving Wake County homeless, will soon provide assistance to its 300th family.
In closing the ceremony, Bishop Burbidge cited a quote from Pope Benedict XVI that “Faith without charity will not produce abundant fruit.” Noting the Year of Faith being celebrated by the universal Church, Bishop Burbidge said, “This year is a time for all of us to renew our commitment to demonstrate that faith in the love we extend to one another. As we listen to the stories told tonight, all I can say is thank you for being men and women, who no doubt are a living sign of the presence of the living Christ, who you loving and compassionately serve every day.”
During the ceremony, Mr. John Szuchan, a member of the CCHD Advisory Committee, noted that two of the CCHD national winners are from the Diocese of Raleigh. They are the Durham Economic Resource Center, which offers workforce development skills and job placement, and Triangle Can, which empowers people of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties to collaborate with civic and religious leaders to provide safe and secure neighborhoods and schools.
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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Watch Kathleen Walsh & Sandra Kreps, Cary Award:
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Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge expressing gratitude to the recipients of the CCHD Awards as “the living sign of the presence of the living Christ.”
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Below: Sr. Mary Margaret Weber, Sally Bruns, John J. Carey 2012 recipient Sandra S. Kreps, Thomas Kreps, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Mariel Brodie, and Karen O’Keefe.