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Catholic Campaign for Human Development Honors Sr. Joan Jurski

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The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has named Sr. Joan Jurski, OSF its 2009 Diocesan Director of the Year.

The recognition is presented annually to honor the daily and often unsung efforts of the men and women who serve their dioceses as local CCHD directors. The award honors them for their effective service —past or present —and long term work on behalf of the Campaign.

The ceremony took place February 20 in Washington, during the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, co-sponsored by a number of Catholic organizations, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. CCHD is an office in the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

In presenting the award, Most Reverend Roger P. Morin, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans and Chair of CCHD Sub-Committee, commended Sr. Joan and the strong committee of volunteers, who assist her in helping the CCHD reflect the vibrant and compassionate presence of Christ and the Catholic Church in eastern North Carolina.

In learning of the recognition, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge congratulated Sr. Joan. “I am pleased to see that you have been recognized for your work in this important area of social justice and Catholic Social Teaching,” the Bishop said. “Thank you for bringing honor upon the Diocese of Raleigh with this award.”

The CCHD Collection is held in the Diocese November of each year. In 2007, parishioners donated a total of $122,956.96. Three-fourths of the collection is forwarded to the national office. One-fourth remains in the Diocese and is distributed in local grants each October to self-help organizations in the Diocese.

In accepting the award, Sr. Joan told the Washington gathering, that CCHD is one of the most effective evangelization efforts in the Diocese. She explained that for many people, especially in rural communities, CCHD is very often their first encounter with Catholics, and that encounter comes in the form of providing important assistance to help them improve their lives. Local grants are awarded at a dinner each October.