Office of Advocacy and Justice Updates




Living Will Forum 
Do you have any questions about Advanced Directives and Living Wills or other end of life issues?  What is the difference between a Living Will and a Catholic Living Will?  When do ordinary means become extraordinary?  What is an Advance Directive?  Do you have a Health Care Surrogate who knows and understands your wishes regarding end of life issues?  If you have any questions, you are invited to attend the LIVING WILL FORUM on Saturday, February 26, 2011, 9 a.m. – noon at Holy Family Catholic Church Social Hall.  The Forum coordinated by the Diocese of Orlando Office of Advocacy and Justice will include a doctor, an attorney, and a priest.  RSVP required for material preparation. Call 407-812-9071 or email  There is no charge for this event. 

CRS Taskforce Volunteer
“Do you have a passion for service?  Do you want to help but have no time?  The Office of Advocacy and Justice is looking for volunteers for a Catholic Relief Services Diocesan Task Force.  Time spent will be minimal but your support for the poor and education will be life-long.  If you are interested in learning more about what you can do right from your own home, to make this world a better place, especially for the poorest of the poor, please contact the Office of Advocacy and Justice at 407-246-4822.  Duties involved would be: phone calls, parish support, and 4-6 meetings a year. 

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering:  New USCCB Policy Paper on Climate Change
Over 400 Catholic social ministry leaders from around the country gathered in Washington, DC over the past several days to learn about the variety of international and domestic justice and peace issues that are of concern to the U.S. Catholic bishops and national Catholic partners.  The Coalition assisted in a well-attended workshop to share new tools and programs on climate change with many of these leaders, and its exhibit booth was buzzing with visitors who were enthusiastic about furthering the good news of the Catholic Climate Covenant and St. Francis Pledge.  Participants also received the latest public policy briefing paper from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  

Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province “Leap for All Creation”
On the below-freezing morning of Jan. 22, Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, and three parishioners from St. Camillus Church, Silver Spring, Md., joined more than 200 others in taking the Polar Bear Plunge organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN).  The effort helped to draw attention to CCAN’s desire for a large-scale, offshore wind farm in Maryland.  Fr. Jacek said, “As a follower of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology, I feel strongly about the need to be more proactive in responding to the great threat that global climate change presents to humanity and the rest of the earth’s community. I’ve been challenged not only by the alarming reports of the overwhelming majority of reputable scientists but also by the words of Pope Benedict XVI who said, ‘Our earth is speaking to us, and we must listen and decipher its message if we want to survive’ and ‘The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the struggle for justice.’”
Read more here.

Catholic School Green Team Awarded for Recycling Efforts
Holy Rosary Catholic School has been awarded $1,000 from the Metro Ontario’s (Canada) Green Apple School Program grant to promote a healthier environment at the school and improve its current recycling programs.  With the award members of Holy Rosary’s student-led Green Team are doing research in order to find better composting bins to replace the current, second-hand ones. “We have composting and recycling bins in all the nine classrooms here at the school, but we are looking to buy new ones in order to be more efficient and recycle even more,” said one of the student leaders.  The team will also use part of the funds to build and installed benches in the schoolyard near the tree students planted last year. (From Ontario’s Intelligencer.) Read more here.