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August 14, 2006


Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will hold a news conference to announce the success of the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal. The Catholic Charities Appeal raises the money necessary to fund the human service programs of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Thursday, August 17, 2006
10:30 a.m.
Archdiocesan Office Center Auditorium
222 North 17th Street

In addition to Cardinal Rigali, the following key participants in the 2006 Catholic Charities Appeal will be in attendance: Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, General Chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal; Monsignor Arthur Rodgers, Pastor of St. Matthias Parish in Bala Cynwyd; Father Robert Feeney, Pastor of All Saints Parish in Philadelphia (Bridesburg section); Father Zachary Navit, Pastor of Saint Francis de Sales Parish in West Philadelphia; Father Leonard Peterson, Pastor of St. Maria Goretti in Hatfield; Erica Gonzalez, Daycare Director at Casa Del Carmen; and Nidza Negron, mother of Naseer Montero the 2006 poster child for the Catholic Charities Appeal.

Agencies, institutions and programs funded by the Catholic Charities Appeal serve people of all faiths, regardless of race, sex, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, or ability to pay. The services that the Archdiocese provides reflect a belief in the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the individual, and the central role of the family in life and society. Funds raised through the annual solicitation are used to underwrite the financial costs for designated areas of need. All funds raised stay in the five-county area of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For more information, please contact 215-587-3651 or visit

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Meredith V. Wilson
Communications Specialist

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