On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, representatives from the Diocese of Laredo join Catholics from around Texas to attend Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Diocesan representatives will meet with legislative staff and lawmakers to discuss the Bishops’ legislative concerns regarding issues that affect the life and dignity of the people of Texas. Guided by the Texas Bishops, the Texas Catholic Network links thousands of Catholics together to advocate for policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death.
Why we advocate: Our baptismal call is to follow and bear witness to Christ in all we do. Participation in the political process is a moral obligation. Every Christian can be an advocate by praying, calling or writing to their representative, attending rallies and following up with representatives.
What happens on Advocacy Day: Activities include the celebration of the Mass, a rally and prayer on the south steps of the capitol, public hearings, legislative visits, and student activities. A legislative visit entails schedule meetings with legislators and diocesan Advocacy Day coordinators. In teams of 3-5, Catholics have an opportunity to meet with at least three legislative offices. Discussion focuses on one specific bill on the 2019 legislative agenda. This is an opportunity to educate, inform and witness to our faith.
Find the topics on the 2019 Legislative Agenda: 86th Session here.
For more information on the involvment of the Diocese of Laredo in Advocacy Day, call Mr. Benjamin De La Garza, Executive Director of Catholic Charities - Diocese of Laredo at 956-722-2443.