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Kathleen Neher, LISW-S

Thank you for taking an interest in the Catholic Social Workers National Association, (CSWNA) we have already been blessed to have the amazing support of individuals and corporations that have empowered us to provide Catholic Social Workers a professional association that promotes not only their profession but also their faith. For this we are deeply grateful, we are truly many parts one body, the body of Christ.

Pope Benedict the XVI in his first encyclical asserted “Individuals who care for those in need must first be professionally competent: they should be properly trained in what to do and how to do it, and committed to continuing care.

Yet, while professional competence is a primary, fundamental requirement, it is not of itself Sufficient. We are dealing with human beings, and human beings always need something more than technically proper care. They need humanity. They need heartfelt concern. Consequently, in addition to their necessary professional training, these charity workers need a ‘formation of the heart’ ” The Catholic Social Workers National Association is the social work response to our Pope’s call to action.

Catholic social workers are called to care for the poor and for the poor of spirit. They work with those who abuse, are abused as well as who have been neglected in body, mind or spirit. They advocate for the youngest of young, in their mothers wombs and the elderly, the sick and dying till Jesus calls them home. They humbly walk with their clients through life’s joys and challenges, living out Jesus command to love and following his example in washing one another’s feet.

I would like to ask you to consider a donation to CSWNA so we can continue to support Catholic Social Workers as they live out their baptismal call to be the hands and feet of Christ. CSWNA will be adding many different services, benefits, and hope to open state and country chapters around the world. Catholic Social Workers need to have support and a Catholic presence in their professional daily lives. Your generous donation will ensure our Catholic values and beliefs will have that voice. I also ask for your prayers that Christ continually bless this association.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us.