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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 live and worship in the three Catholic (arch)dioceses that serve Maryland: Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archdiocese of Washington and the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington

Our staff engages in state-level advocacy and public education through three departments, Education, Children and Families; Social and Economic Justice; and Respect for Life.

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A Board of Governors, comprised of Maryland’s bishops, oversees the Conference, as well as an administrative board composed primarily of lay leaders from across Maryland. Each department has its own group of advisors - mostly lay people with particular expertise from across the state.

As Catholics, we have a responsibility to engage in public and political life, to advocate and to speak up for the common good, the poor, the most vulnerable, and for 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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1913-1915)

The Conference oversees and implements the Church’s state-level advocacy and public education efforts from its office in downtown Annapolis.