The Canadian Catholic Organization for DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is the official international development agency of the Canadian Catholic Church. It is a membership-based organization founded in 1967 by Canada's bishops, laity and clergy to fight poverty in the countries of the South, and to promote greater international justice. Inspired by Gospel values, particularly "the preferential option for the poor," the goals of DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE are to support initiatives by people in the Global South to take control of their lives and to educate Canadians about North-South issues. Our education, advocacy and fund-raising work here at home is carried out by DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE members from coast to coast. It has a website at www.devp.org
Local groups meet in most parishes throughout the Victoria Diocese. The St. Patrick's D&P committee usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month from September to November and from January to April. They plan activities around a Fall education campaign called Fall Action and the Spring Lenten fund-raising campaign called Share Lent. St. Pat's D&P committee host coffee after the 11:00 mass the last Sunday of each month. They participate in D&P inter-parish events and Diocesan events.
For more information contact the chairperson of the St. Patrick's D&P committee, Nancy Stuart (250-477-6952)