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On June 23, 2016, more than 100 people gathered at the Archdiocese of Washington Pastoral Center for mass, a reception and dinner to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Catholic Climate Covenant and the first anniversary of Laudato Si'. 

Bishop Martin D. Holley, then Auxiliary Bishop of Washington (and now Bishop of Memphis) was the presider and homilist at the mass, and also was the first speaker at the dinner. Dan Misleh, founding executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant, served as the Master of Ceremony, and also offered his reflections on the last ten years. The group also heard addresses from John Carr, the director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University (and in his previous role at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was part of the founding of CCC) and Joan Rosenhauer, the executive vice president for US operations for Catholic Relief Services and a representative of the 16 national partners of the Covenant. Joan is also the chair of Catholic Climate Covenant Board of Directors. Rev. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM who serves on the Care for Creation Team for the Archdiocese of Washington offered the closing prayer.  

The guests represented the 16 national organizations who partner with Catholic Climate Covenant, parishes representatives from DC, Maryland and Virginia, supporters of the Covenant and representatives from other groups who are concerned with environmental justice.  

This web page serves as an archive of the event and includes photographs, a brief video retrospective of the evening, and videos of each of the addresses that evening.  


The Evening's Speakers


  Bishop Martin Holley                                             John Carr                                             Joan Rosenhauer                                    Dan Misleh

To watch a full recording of each of the addresses from the evening, please go here.