Catholics at the Capitol set for March 19

   Each year the bishops of New York State and the New York State Catholic Conference collaborate on a public policy forum day in Albany, called Catholics at the Capitol. The day provides an opportunity for Catholics from across the state to gather for prayer and workshops and to lobby legislators in support of sound public policy in New York State. This year’s forum will be held March 19 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

   Participants from the diocese will meet with legislators representing various parts of the diocese to advocate for the targeted items on the bishops’ legislative agenda for 2014. They are:
    • Support pregnant women and oppose abortion expansion;
    • Preserve Catholic schools;
    • Ensure sufficient funding for programs for vulnerable populations;
    • Support humane treatment for incarcerated individuals; and  
    • Support equitable labor standards for farmworkers.
    The diocese will provide round trip bus transportation from Syracuse, Utica/Rome and Binghamton and will arrange appointments with legislators for registered participants. Participants will be prepared to speak on all of the topics on the bishops’ legislative agenda.

   To register, visit For more information, contact Father Charles Vavonese, director of the diocesan Office of Public Policy, at or (315) 470-1491.

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