Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Remembering Oscar Romero

On Monday, June 1, 2015, at 5:15 p.m., the Chapel + Cultural Center, located on the RPI campus, will have a Mass of Thanksgiving for the initial and ongoing ministry of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who as beatified on May 23.

Following the liturgical celebration will be a presentation by Fr. John Spain, MM, a native of Troy who was an associate of Archbishop Romero and has ministered in El Salvador for many years.

You can learn more about the event here.

Here is an article about Fr. Spain in the Times Union.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Helping Catholic Schools

As the state’s legislative session in Albany winds down, there is still time to tell legislators to support legislation that will benefit Catholic schools. Specifically, a bill called the Parental Choice in Education Act will help keep Catholic schools affordable by providing $150 million in education tax credits annually. These tax credits will provide:

·         - Tax credits directly to low-income families who send their children to Catholic and other schools, 
·         - Scholarships to students from low- and middle-income families to attend a school of their choice, 
·         - Donations to public schools for enhanced educational programming,
·         - Tax credits to teachers for their out-of-pocket classroom expenses.

The Catholic Action Network has a website that will identify your legislators and help you compose a letter to them. You can learn more at

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