|November 7, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 19 • Oakland, CA|
Sister Elisabeth Lang cited for work with immigrants
Longtime Catholic Charities of the East Bay staff member, Sister Elisabeth Lang, OP, was cited for more than 35 years of outstanding service to refugees resetting in the East Bay.
In her remarks Sister Lang noted that the Diocese of Oakland has served refugees from many different countries. "We have been enriched by their presence," she said.
Guest speaker for the event was Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County district attorney. O'Malley was graduated from Carondelet High School in Concord and is a member of Queen of All Saints Parish.
O'Malley, in partnership with Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Oakland, has helped set up a safe house for victims of sex trafficking in the diocese.
People of faith have a role to play in the battle against sex trafficking, O'Malley said. One of the most difficult aspects of this work is separating the victim from the oppressor and empowering that person and empowering the individual to live a quality life.
More than $35,000 in local grants and $205,000 in national grants were presented by the local CCHD committee. CCHD was established in 1969 by the U.S. Catholic bishops as a program to combat poverty in the United States. The grants are made possible by the annual collection for the campaign, which is taken up in parishes the weekend before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19 and 20. Some grants are made on a national basis, while a portion of the collection stays in the diocese, with those grants made by a local committee.
National Grant Recipients and amount awarded include:
Contra Costa Interfaith Sponsoring Committee, $40,000.
Parent Voices Oakland, $55,000.
Gamaliel of California, $25,000.
Youth Spirit Artworks Technical Assistance Grant, $10,000.
Oakland Community Land Trust, $75,000.
Local grant recipients include:
Congregations Organizing for Renewal, $10,000.
St. Columba Church Health Cabinet, $5,000.
Center for Faith and Justice, $2,000.
Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay, $5,000.
United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County, $5,000.
Urban Peace Movement, $3,000.
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