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Vanessa Russell CEO at Catholic Charities was a panelist at the 13th annual Napa Institute Conference in Napa, California.  The topic was  “Charity and Serving The Poor Through Works of Mercy”.  Other panelists were Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archdiocese of San Francisco and Jim Cavnar, CEO/Co-Founder Cross Catholic Outreach.

The Napa Institute Conference is one of the premier Catholic conferences held in the U.S. each year with over 800 attendees.  Topics this year covered cultural issues leaders face.  In the Charity session, presenters discussed strategies for preventing poverty by

  • Strengthening families.
  • The importance of fathers in the household
  • Spiritual education
  • Also discussed were strategies on how to lift up struggling families in poverty and the crisis of mental health among the poor.

More about the Napa Institute:

They believe that now is the time to advance the re-evangelization of the United States. Yet many yearn for the foundation they need to advance Christ’s mission. At the same time, leaders and benefactors yearn to support Catholic causes. The Napa Institute acts as a conduit so all can courageously and eloquently defend our faith in the public square.