CCHD released the following statement: On Saturday, January 23, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops awarded its 2016 Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award to the Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN) at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C.
MCAN accepted the award on behalf of each of its local affiliates: the Essex County Community Organization, Brockton Interfaith Community, Pioneer Valley Project, Worcester Interfaith, United Interfaith Action, and the Youth Jobs Coalition.
Sr. Margaret Cafferty, for whom this award is named, was an educator, community organizer and social justice leader who pioneered new models of building community and addressing poverty. She successfully cultivated partnerships with labor, government, business and the academic community in the pursuit of justice, while always remaining grounded in the communities with whom she worked to serve and empower. In that same spirit, the Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award is presented annually to a group or individual working on the margins that has demonstrated outstanding witness to Catholic values and action on behalf of justice.
“MCAN’s organizing and leadership development work on social justice issues in Massachusetts over the past thirty years exemplifies the values that Sr. Margaret Cafferty stood for,” Ralph McCloud, CCHD director, stated. “We are pleased to recognize their exemplary work with this award.”
MCAN is a leader and co-chair of the Raise Up Massachusetts Coalition, which won passage of the highest state minimum wage and earned sick time laws in 2014 by mobilizing tens of thousands of people across the state. In addition, MCAN works for criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and new funds for education, job training, and transportation.
MCAN’s work is always grounded in faith and takes inspiration from Pope Francis and Catholic social teaching. MCAN member parishes use a six-session study guide on the Pope’s teachings. MCAN and its affiliates include Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston and the Diocese of Fall River, Worcester, and Springfield.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the national anti-poverty and social justice program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.