Domestic and International Disaster Response for Catholic Health Care – Considerations for the Ministry

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In times of disaster, Catholic health care organizations and those who work for and partner with them want to provide hope and help to those who are victims of these tragedies. For ministries of the church, Catholic social teaching provides guidance – and a framework – for response activities that bring about the intended assistance rather than create a “disaster after the disaster” when unsolicited supplies or assistance are shared. During this webinar, Kim Burgo, senior director of disaster response operations for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), highlights best practice response activities as well as ill-advised response practices through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching principles, which are rooted in CCUSA’s mission and response activities, including:

  • Life and dignity of the human person
  • Call to family, community and participation
  • Options for the poor and vulnerable
  • The dignity of work and the rights of workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s creation
Kim Burgo, Senior Director, Disaster Response Operations, Catholic Charities USA

This webinar was broadcast during National Disaster Response Month on Sept. 19, 2013.

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