Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Address
510 S. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
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Lansing Update: February 16, 2018

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Sentencing Bill Includes Embryos and Fetuses as Victims, Continues to Full Senate; Taxation Prohibition on Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Passes House Committee; Bill to Expand Coercion Definition in Human Trafficking Statute Moves on to House; Weatherization Funds Bill Clears Senate Committee; USCCB: Federal Budget Should Build Toward Common Good. Read more…

Tom Hickson (MCC), Curtis Chambers (Burt Lake Band of Ottawa Indians), and Paul Stankewitz (MCC) stand outside of Representative Jack Bergman's office in Washington, D.C.

February 9, 2018

Governor Presents Budget Recommendations to Legislature for 2018–2019 Year; Dual Enrollment Expansion Becomes Law; MCC Participates in Social Ministry Gathering, Speaks to Need for Dreamer Solution; National Marriage Week is February 7–14; February 8th Marks International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. Read more…

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Lansing Update: January 26, 2018

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Rally at State Capitol Celebrates National School Choice Week; National Catholic Schools Week Highlights Contributions of Catholic Education; Border District Dual Enrollment Expansion Continues to Governor; March for Life Sends a Strong Message of Love to Mothers and Children; USCCB Applauds New HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom; Federal Fix for Dreamers Remains an Ongoing Concern; The Word from Lansing Column: New Laws Seek to Curb Opioid Crisis in Michigan. Read more…

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National Catholic Schools Week Highlights Contributions of Catholic Education

From January 28–February 3, Catholic dioceses around the country will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.,” highlights the important spiritual, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education. Michigan has over 220 Catholic schools making a difference daily in this state. Read more…

We are grateful that HHS is taking seriously its charge to protect these fundamental civil rights through formation of a new division dedicated to protecting conscience rights and religious freedom. —Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz

USCCB Applauds New HHS Initiatives on Conscience and Religious Freedom

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the formation of a new Division on Conscience and Religious Freedom in the HHS Office for Civil Rights. The department also proposed a regulation to protect Americans involved in HHS-funded programs and rescinded a guidance requiring states to provide Medicaid funding to family planning providers that perform abortions. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) applauded the actions, while also encouraging the passage of permanent legislative relief. Read more…

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The Word from Lansing: New Laws Seek to Curb Opioid Crisis in Michigan

Prescription medicines for pain, including opiates, have helped many facing difficult illnesses and conditions. Unfortunately, Michigan has seen greater abuse of these prescription medications in recent years, even among children. During the 2017–2018 legislative session, state lawmakers have been discussing policies that curb unnecessary or excessive opioid use, and many of these measures have become law. Read more…

In Honor of MLK Day, U.S. Bishops Call for Courage and Commitment

On January 15, Americans will celebrate Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of confronting injustice, racism, and inequality. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, calls for people of faith to exercise courage and commitment to “[break] the chain of hate” in observance of the national holiday. Cardinal DiNardo’s statement speaks to the “living reality” of racism today and urges the witness of leaders like Dr. King to inspired continued action. A variety of helpful resources are available through the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Read more…

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Lansing Update: January 12, 2018

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: National Migration Week Recognizes Dignity of Immigrants, Refugees, and Trafficking Victims ; U.S. Bishops Express Support for Legislative Solution for Dreamers; In Honor of MLK Day, U.S. Bishops Call for Courage and Commitment; State Ok2Say Program Continues to Protect Student Safety; "9 Days for Life" Campaign Will Run January 18–26. Read more…

9 Days for Life: Prayer. Penance. Pilgrimage.

“9 Days for Life” Campaign Will Run January 18–26

On January 18, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will launch the national “9 Days for Life” campaign. This effort calls for Catholics to help create a culture that cherishes all human life, from conception to natural death. The “9 Days for Life” campaign also surrounds the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, which occurs on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States. Participants are called to both prayer and action (including the sharing of online resources) unified around each day’s specific “Respect Life” intention. Read more…

Four school children and their teacher working on building a robot in the classroom

Lansing Update: January 5, 2018

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Michigan Takes Action Against Opioid Crisis as New Laws Are Enacted; Governor Signs Unemployment Compensation Measures Into Law; Competitive FIRST Robotics Grants Awarded; Nonpublic Schools Receive $157,700; Read more…

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Lansing Update: December 15, 2017

Lansing Update publishes on Fridays when the Michigan Legislature is in session and chronicles legislative activity of interest to Michigan Catholic Conference. Join the Catholic Advocacy Network to receive Lansing Update in your inbox. This week: Governor Signs Two Measures Eliminating the Law Enforcement Prostitution Exemption; Unemployment Compensation Bills Continue to Governor's Desk; Legislature Approves Opioid Bills, Sends Package to Governor Snyder; House Widely Supports Medical Marijuana Warning Label for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers; Legislation Protecting Victims of Sexual Assault Passes Senate Committee; The Word From Lansing Column: Encountering the Poor This Advent and Beyond. Read more…

Food being served to those in need at a Catholic Church

The Word from Lansing: Encountering the Poor This Advent and Beyond

During the season of Advent, there are many opportunities to serve those in need, especially the poor. Pope Francis posed a challenge for Catholics in his November World Day of the Poor message, urging all not to be satisfied with the state of poverty in their midst. This month’s The Word from Lansing column explains that the Holy Father asks for interaction with these individuals and families instead, encouraging us to look beyond stereotypes and create friendships. Read more…

Name
Michigan Catholic Conference
Phone
(800) 395-5565
Fax
(517) 372-3940
Email
Address
510 South Capitol Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48933
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