June 1, 2007

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Thanks for Catholic Campaign for Human Development contributions

I wish to acknowledge with deep gratitude your archdiocesan contribution from the 2006 Appeal for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI defines clearly a vision for a just society which includes eliminating poverty and protecting human dignity. He writes, “… within the community of believers there can never be room for a poverty that denies anyone what is needed for a dignified life” (“Deus Caritas Est,” #20).

Your recent contribution of $99,899.67 from your 2006 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) collection will make a real difference in our efforts to break the cycle of poverty in America. Thank you very much for this generous support.

Last year, CCHD was able to grant nearly $9 million to community organizing and economic development projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The projects are planned and managed by local groups who are working for affordable housing, living wages, accessible health care, improved schools and access to social services.

Your leadership and the faithful and committed service of David Siler, your diocesan director, are sources of great encouragement to all of us.

- Timothy F. Collins

Catholic Campaign for Human Development executive director

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