By Morline Guillory
To prepare for meeting with state representatives and senators next year, the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops General Assembly met Oct. 10 in Austin.
The state legislature for Texas meets in odd years – which means in a few months it will be in session.
Representatives of the fifteen dioceses in Texas gathered to discuss the Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day which will be held during the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.
During the upcoming legislative session, representatives from all dioceses in the state will meet with state lawmakers in Austin to “make our case” about issues we strongly believe in and what the Gospel message teaches us. A few of the items on the agenda that will be discussed are Foster Care Reform & Conscience Protection, Parental Choice in Education, and Capital Punishment.
The Texas Catholic Conference is composed of all the bishops in Texas. The Beaumont diocese was represented by Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, Coquese Williams of Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas; Dr. Lorraine DeLuca, Director of Evangelization and Catechesis; Father Luong Q. Tran, Tribunal; and Deacon Tommy Ewing, Director of Criminal Justice Ministry.
All in Southeast Texas are invited to participate in the Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day. There are many ways to participate from praying and writing letters to attending the Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day in Austin, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Transportation by bus is provided at no charge. This one-day excursion to the state capital leaves from Catholic Charities.
Look for more information in your parish bulletin and other social media outlets or contact Coquese Williams at Catholic Charities at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409) 924-4415.