Forum on Poverty and Social Justice is Part of Our Daily Bread 35th Anniversary Commemoration

Media Contact: Rena Daly

12 Oct 16 12:00 AM CDT

Catholic Charities of Baltimore will host a forum on poverty and the need for a response that is grounded in social justice. The forum will take place on Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Loyola University Maryland’s McGuire Hall. The event is part of the commemoration of the 35th anniversary of Our Daily Bread Employment Center in Baltimore City.

Two distinguished speakers, Dr. Kathryn Edin and Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, will offer keynote addresses, and other guests will offer personal reminiscences about the 35 year history of Our Daily Bread.

Dr. Edin, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” will speak about the extreme poverty faced by many Americans, and specifically by many in Baltimore. Sr. Patricia is a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the executive director of Pax Christi USA, a Catholic organization committed to peace and social justice.

“Catholic Charities is committed to advancing the conversation about poverty, especially in our own Baltimore community, where a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line,” said Bill McCarthy, executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. “We are very pleased to sponsor this forum and thrilled to have two extremely distinguished speakers who can speak to both the experience of poverty and our moral imperative to work for systemic change to ease our neighbors’ hardship.”

About the Our Daily Bread Employment Center

Our Daily Bread Employment Center provides daily hot meals to more than 700 individuals, as well as case management services, job training and employment counseling. On June 1, 2016, Our Daily Bread Employment Center marked 35 years of continuous service.

About Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Catholic Charities of Baltimore is Maryland’s largest private provider of human services, offering assistance to children and families, people living in poverty, individuals with intellectual disabilities, immigrants and seniors without regard to religion, race or other circumstances. Inspired by the Gospel mandates to love, serve and teach, the more than 80 programs of Catholic Charities improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders each year. Catholic Charities continues a legacy of charity and compassion that began with the establishment of the Catholic Church in Baltimore in 1789. For more information, please visit

Catholic Charities has experts available to discuss a wide variety of topics, including poverty, homelessness, mental health, intellectual disabilities, immigration and issues related to aging.

More information about Our Daily Bread Employment Center