Register today for Advocacy Day 2015!
On March 24, 2015, thousands of Catholics led by our Texas Bishops will fill the Capitol in Austin for Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day to promote life, justice, charity, and religious freedom. The Diocese of Dallas has committed to bring 125 advocates in celebration of our diocese’s 125th anniversary. Bishop Doug Deshotel will be leading the Dallas delegation, and hopes you will join him!
Wednesday, March 18, the final training and legislative update and briefing will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity parish in Dallas. This briefing is for everyone — whether you’ve already registered for Advocacy Day or are still thinking about it. (Sign up for the briefing here.)
What is Catholic Advocacy Day?
Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day is an opportunity for Texas Catholics to participate as faithful citizens in the political process by voicing the concerns of the Texas Bishops on a broad range of diverse issues including advance directives reform, school choice tax credit scholarships, payday lending, health care, and abortion facilities regulation. (Complete agenda available here.)
The day includes a massive rally with the Texas Bishops on the South Steps of the Capitol. Participants will have an opportunity to visit the House and Senate chambers, and make legislative visits in teams with specified representatives and senators. In addition, a delicious lunch will be served on the great lawn of the Capitol grounds. Free chartered bus transportation will be available from Dallas to Austin and back for this one-day trip. More info here Register for Advocacy Day
How to prepare for Advocacy Day?
Whether you’ve gone before or are new to advocating for public policy, with the help of the Texas Catholic Conference, we’ll make sure you’re prepared. To learn more about what to expect at Advocacy Day and the Bishops’ legislative agenda, please join us for the Legislative Update and Briefing: Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. Holy Trinity Parish, 3811 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas. Register for the Legislative Update and Briefing.
**All participants in Advocacy Day are requested to attend this final briefing for the most up-to-date information on the status of the Bishops’ legislative agenda.**
Why participate in Advocacy Day?
As a nation, we share many blessings and strengths, including a tradition of religious freedom and political participation. However, as a people, we face serious challenges that are clearly political and also profoundly moral.
As Catholics, we are part of a community with a rich heritage that helps us consider the challenges in public life and contribute to greater justice and peace for all people.
In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person… As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life.” (nos. 1913-1915)