Subfonds COSA - Council of Social Affairs

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Council of Social Affairs

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CA RCDCA COSA

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  • 1966-1998 (Creation)
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    Council of Social Affairs

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92.5 cm of textual records

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(1966-1998)

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Calgary was one of the first dioceses in Canada to respond to the call of the Vatican Council and establish a council of social affairs. In 1972 a CCCB resolution calling for the development of social justice offices and programs across the country was passed. Bishop Carroll invited Rev. Pat O’Byrne to become director in 1966. When Fr. Pat left late in 1979 Rev. Jack Bastigal succeeded as director.
In 1986 COSA’s role covers two broad areas, ‘first striving to create an awareness of the social justice gospel and the social teachings of the Church in parishes and schools, and second active involvement in the community through ecumenical work. Its focus was on maintaining a firm presence for the Church in many vital areas and working with community organizations to foster greater justice on a variety of issues.’ Areas identified include the Good Friday Way of the Cross, work with the Catholic Bible College of Canada in Canmore, work through the Social Justice Commission, school outreach, active involvement with CCODP Fall Action and Share Lent programs, and the Unemployment Committee.
COSA was also responsible for the Inter-Faith Thrift Stores and the Diocesan Communications Department. (see 159/3181).

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Sous-fonds consists of records created or accumulated by the Council of Social Affairs. Includes minutes, correspondence, publications, subject files, reports, conference papers and historical material. Also includes information about PLURA, interfaith work, L'Arche, and the Alberta Council for International Cooperation.

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RCDCA

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Draft

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Partial

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Nov 2, 2018

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