Letter from Archbishop Schnurr

Dear Friend:

Almost 100 years after Archbishop Henry Moeller established the Bureau of Catholic Charities, today’s Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio continues to carry out exemplary charitable work to the benefit of all who live in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

In Deus Caritas Est, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that:

“The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia), and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable. For the Church, charity is not a kind of welfare activity which could equally well be left to others, but is a part of her nature, an indispensable expression of her very being.” 

As I travel the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, I am continually heartened by the many ways in which the Church lives up to the responsibility of charity. I especially think of Catholic Charities’ invaluable service in the areas of mental health counseling, refugee resettlement, food assistance, immigrant services, and family and senior services.  In serving the poor, the vulnerable, and the stranger in southwestern Ohio, Catholic Charities makes manifest God’s love to all and shows that charity is indeed part of the local Church’s nature, “an indispensable expression of her very being.”

I am grateful for the work of Catholic Charities throughout the past year.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

/s/ Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati