Eco Catholic: More than 9,000 households and renters have applied for federal assistance to rebuild following the state's third-deadliest flood.
Since the Orlando shooting on June 12, Catholic Charities of Central Florida has been working in the background to help victims, survivors and family members in whatever way possible.
Beh Paw Gaw and her family spent 10 years in a Thai refugee camp after escaping war in Burma. They left a home with plenty of space to grow mangos, coconuts, bananas and papayas for a household where the nearest neighbor was only one step away.
The U.S. government resettled Gaw, her husband, Ta Mla, and their seven children in Kansas City in 2007. Ta Mla found work at a factory in St. Joseph, Mo. Beh Paw needed a flexible job she could work while raising young children that could help pay the rent when her husband's work was unstable.
Eco Catholic: The Catholic community in Michigan is ramping up its efforts to support Flint residents affected by the recent crisis that left thousands of households with lead-contaminated tap water.
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan has resettled 400 refugees in the state and wants to help more in collaboration. Nearly 75 percent of Syrian refugees are women and children.
NCR Today: People from across the United States have gathered in the center of the U.S. for Harvesting Hope in the Heartland, the Catholic Charities USA 2015 annual conference.
Ten years later the memories still linger for Carol Spruell, as if they happened yesterday but perhaps were a lifetime ago.
She remembers the chaos, despair, uncertainty and the cries for help from so many and workweeks that had no end in the days and months following Hurricane Katrina. She also remembers the lines, droves of desperate people who had lost everything in Katrina's floodwater, who were seeking any modicum of relief, whether it was articles of clothing, a bus ticket to a relative's house outside of the area or assistance in finding a place to live.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: "I have been very fortunate and believe that people should give back to the community whenever possible."
Dominican Sr. Donna Markham has been selected the new president of Catholic Charities USA, the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Markham succeeds Fr. Larry Snyder, the current president, on June 1.
Markham becomes the first woman to lead Catholic Charities, which was founded in 1910. Snyder is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and will return to the archdiocese.
Fr. Larry Snyder's 10 years of service as president of Catholic Charities USA are made up of countless "moments," he said, that illustrate how the national network of local agencies are working to "bring about a society that cares for all God's children."
The priest made the comments during the annual Catholic Charities gathering Oct. 4-7 in Charlotte.
Snyder will leave the post in February to become vice president for mission at the University of St. Thomas in his home St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese.