UST Contingent Heads to Austin for Catholic Advocacy Day
University of St. Thomas-Houston advocates will make their way to the Texas Capitol on Tuesday, March 28, to see democracy in action and advocate for Catholic ideals. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) organizes the statewide Catholic Advocacy Day. UST’s participation in the day is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
TCCB is an organization that represents the Bishops in Texas and serves as "the public policy arm before the Texas legislature, the Texas delegation in Congress and state agencies.” Public policy issues addressed by the Conference include institutional concerns of the Catholic Church and issues related to Catholic moral and social teaching. As a Catholic institution in the Archdiocese, UST works closely with TCCB on issues that affect the university and community at large.
The TCCB encourages advocacy for positive change on its website. “Advocacy is so important, whether we can be at the Capitol in person or remotely! There's a role for each of us to improve state laws on Catholic moral and social teaching issues." This opportunity doesn’t come around often! Only once every two years, actually, as the Texas legislature meets for 140 days every biennium.
Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join the group, which will be traveling by bus from the campus to Austin. An invitation will soon be sent to the campus with instructions to RSVP for this important day.