The four core values of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington are evident in everything we do. Our strategies and goals may change, but the four core values do not. They are foundational for CCDA and reflect our mission and vision
These four core values are: (i) serve the poor while (ii) integrating our Catholic Faith in an encounter that helps to (iii) transform their lives with the (iv) resources we have available.
These values are out in front of everything we do, in season or out, popular or not. They are foundational; everything else comes about because of them. We do not hire leaders or employees unless we are convinced that they will partake and advance these values. And we over-communicate them constantly so they are the forefront of what we do and what we decide.
Our focus this week is our fourth core value, Strengthening Our Response.
“Do not be afraid to dream big dreams.” – Pope Francis
The Parable of the Talents reminds us that we are expected to trust in God’s mercy and to grow our resources and that such growth can be pleasing to God.
Because of our Catholic faith, there are limitations to government resources in many of our services. Therefore, we have to win the hearts and minds of the parishioners to encourage them to volunteer and to support our efforts to transform the lives of the poor in concert with the teaching of the Catholic Faith.
“For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?” – Luke 14:28
We want results and outcomes to be demonstrated, not just on paper, but also in lives transformed and relationships built. We want our employees to be not only professional but also open to the grace of God and committed to their personal and professional growth. We want there to be no doubt that we support the parishes in the diocese and the communities they serve.
We are confident our relationship with parishes will make the resources available to help parishioners have the encounter with the poor that is, really, an encounter with Christ. Our development model is to give back to those who support us by providing opportunities for Christ encounters and fulfillment of Matthew 25’s revelation that Christ is with the poor.