Maryland places the poverty line at $24,300 for a family of four as of 2018. 9.4% of Marylanders (553,000) are below the poverty line; one of the lowest in the nation, but in Baltimore City that number jumps to 23.1%. Within the Black and Hispanic communities that number is 27.6% and 24.4%, respectively.
"We have forgotten and are still forgetting that over and above business, logic and the parameters of the market is the human being; and that something is men and women in as much as they are human beings by virtue of their profound dignity: to offer them the possibility of living a dignified life and of actively participating in the common good. Benedict XVI reminded us that precisely because it is human, all human activity, including economic activity, must be ethically structured and governed (cf. Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate. . . , n. 36). We must return to the centrality of the human being, to a more ethical vision of activities and of human relationships without the fear of losing something." - Pope Francis, Address to the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, 5/25/13
"Consequently, the promotion of justice is at the heart of a true culture of solidarity. It is not just a question of giving one's surplus to those in need, but of helping entire peoples presently excluded or marginalized to enter into the sphere of economic and human development'." - Pope John Paul II, World Day of Peace Message 2001
Cathedral serves those experiencing poverty in many ways, especially through partnerships with these organizations:
- Catholic Charities of Baltimore
- GECDO CARES: Eviction Prevention & Utilities assistance
- Immaculate Conception in Druid Hill
- Mother Seton Academy
- St. Charles Borromeo in Haiti
We hope you will join us for these efforts!