CMN Expands Efforts in State and National Catholic Organizations

June 15, 2012

Catherine Jarboe has joined the CMN staff as Director for Catholic State Networks and Organizations. She’ll work within states that have imminent legislative action or where Catholics have expressed an interest in this important pro-life issue.

At CMN, it is our hope to set up or expand a network of concerned Catholics in every state and to build relationships with other national Catholic organizations and vowed religious, in order to further our mutual goals. Cathy stands ready to work with state Catholic conferences, diocesan offices, parishes, ecumenical groups, and secular organizations – such as the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Equal Justice USA and others – to advance our vision of repeal together. Cathy and Sister Ilaria Buonriposi, who joined our staff last fall, also will expand our CMN outreach and education to the growing Spanish-speaking communities in many states. You can reach Cathy by e-mail or by phone at (502) 727-8677. Sister Ilaria can be reached by e-mail or at (410) 323-1469. (Have you checked our website lately? Many of our materials are now in Spanish!)

Cathy joins us after two years directing policy and programs at the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), where she managed educational, legislative and coalition work centered on NCCW’s Campaign for Human Dignity, which included repeal of the use of the death penalty. Before her work at NCCW, Cathy directed public relations efforts at nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities. After receiving her master’s degree in education from Bellarmine University, Cathy taught in Catholic schools in Kentucky and North Carolina.

Sr. Ilaria BuonriposiCathy and Sister Ilaria are both glad to assist with educational workshops at your pro-life meetings, conferences or other educational opportunities. And keep in mind that CMN can also help you with your speaking needs. The CMN speakers’ bureau continues to feature the likes of death row minister and author Dale Recinella; Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights Board Chair, Vicki Schieber; Father Pat Delahanty, executive director of Kentucky Catholic Conference and head of Kentuckian Coalition Against the Death Penalty; and, of course, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. Please keep Cathy and Sister Ilaria in mind when you hear of important opportunities for exhibiting or speaking in your state.