How We Build Young Leaders

Great piece on a pilot program at the Maryland Catholic Conference involving college students in advocacy.

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Mariann Hughes photoPolitics can be discouraging work. Long hours are punctuated by anxious moments as bills wend their way through committee hearings, debates and floor votes. Sometimes months of work crash to the floor in mere seconds.

But working for the Church gives politics a deeper meaning. Our work defends the vulnerable, the sick, the poor, the unborn, the elderly and the imprisoned. And more often than not, our comrades-in-arms are there to pick us up to fight another day.

Two years ago, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approached our staff at the Maryland Catholic Conference with an idea for a network of Maryland college students. These liaisons would receive valuable training and skills-building, then work to involve their fellow students in faith-based advocacy by disseminating resources, holding events, and sharing our work at their respective universities across the state. They would also attend the USCCB’s annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

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