Edith Avila Olea

Edith Avila Olea is justice and peace associate director for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet. Each year, she supports more than a dozen parishes and campuses in conducting Offerings of Letters, delivering more than 5,400 letters to their members of Congress last year. Avila Olea previously worked for Catholic Charities in Joliet. She is a recipient of the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award for her work fighting poverty and injustice in the United States through community-based solutions. Avila Olea holds a master's degree in public policy from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor's degree in organizational communication from Shorter University in Georgia. Roman Catholic. Joliet, Illinois. 

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  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

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African at Heart

November 22, 2019


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