The Advocate, Spring 2015

This issue of The Advocate focuses on diversity and respecting the dignity of all people--regardless of race, nationality, cultural differences, or disability. Finding unity in diversity is illustrated in the stories on L'Arche (an inter-denominational Christian community of people with and without intellectual disabilities), the Matt 25 thrift shop and the various forms of celebrating Mass throughout the world. Articles also show how the lack of social inclusiveness can lead to discrimination--against farmworkers and against people of color. There is also an inspiring piece on the new emergency air ambulance service for Medor, Haiti.
-- Paula Cruickshank, Editor

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Emergency Air Ambulance Service for Medor

The Haiti Air Ambulance visited the people of St. Joseph's parish for the first time on Feb. 19, 2015. Now emergency medical services will be available to residents of Medor.

Orphans of Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to be waning, which is good news. But the socioeconomic impacts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are continuing: about 16,600 children are registered as having lost one or both parents or their primary caregivers to Ebola in the three countries.

New Model for Social Justice Work

Introducing a new model for justice and charity work: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC). The goal of JPIC is to promote the principles of Catholic Social Teaching through education, service and advocacy. Our charitable work, our social justice advocacy and our adult formation programs are all entities within this ministry.

Advocacy Days at the General Assembly

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Virginia Catholic Conference held advocacy days at the state legislature in January.

Black History Month Program 2015: Preserving the Legacy of Tinner Hill

The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history of the historically black Tinner Hill neighborhood in Falls Church. Edwin B. Henderson II, president and founder of the Foundation, spoke about his grandfather's legacy as the first African American to be certified to teach Physical Education in public schools, and the first organizer of a basketball league for black players.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Where Do We Go From Here?"

OLQP celebrated Martin Luther King on Jan. 19, 2015.

Unity in Diversity: Attending Mass Around the World

Jack Sullivan shares memories of attending Mass in countries throughout the globe.

Solidarity with The Least Among Us in the Fields

Laura Bandini describes working conditions among migrant workers, and how the community can help the farmworkers' movement to improve them.

Matt 25 Thrift Shop Follows Its Biblical Mission to Provide for the Needy

Learn more about OLQP's thrift shop, which serves close to 250 people a week, distributing clothes for free, and how you can donate items or volunteer.

Spotlight on Hazel of Arlington's L'Arche Community

Advocate Staff:

Editor: Paula Cruickshank, 703-533-7355,

Feature Writers: Kathy Desmond, Jack Sullivan, Laura Bandini, Veronica Dabney, Dr. Susan Carlson, Francis Michalkewicz, Michelle Knight

Layout Design: Beth Mirza

Distribution: Jeannette Gantz Daly

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