About the Maryland Catholic Conference
The Maryland Catholic Conference is the official voice on public policy issues for more than 1 million Catholics in Maryland who worship in the three Catholic (arch)dioceses with territory in the state – Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archdiocese of Washington and Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. The Conference is directed by a Board of Governors comprised of all of Maryland’s bishops, as well as an administrative board of primarily lay leaders from across Maryland. Our work is organized by departments — Education, Children and Families; Social and Economic Justice; and Respect for Life — each of which is advised by community members who are experts in their fields.
As Catholics, we have a responsibility to engage in public and political life, to advocate and speak up for the common good, the poor, the most vulnerable, and human rights.
“It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. . . . As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life.” (nos. 1913-1915)
The Conference oversees and implements the Church’s state-level advocacy and public education efforts from its office in downtown Annapolis.