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Catholic Advocacy Day

Delegates from every diocese in California gather in Sacramento every year for Catholic Advocacy Day.  After learning about the issues in their own dioceses, they meet with their elected representatives to be a voice for life and dignity at the state Capitol.  This year, delegates focused on bills important to children.  Many will also bring local issues of importance to their diocese to the attention of lawmakers.

Visit California Legislative Information for current status of each bill.


SB 257 & SB 68 (Lara, D-Bell Gardens) School admission & nonresident tuition
(En Español ♦ Send an email  ♦ View a short video)


SB 304 (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) Juvenile court school pupils
(En Español ♦ Send an email  ♦ View a short video)


AB 1520 (Burke, D-Inglewood) Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act of 2017
(En Español ♦ Send an email  ♦ View a short video)


AB 586 (Holden, D-Pasadena) Teacher Tax Deduction
(En Español ♦ Send an email  ♦ View a short video)


SB 320 (Leyva, D-Chino) On-campus health centers: abortion medication
(En Español ♦ Send an email  ♦ View a short video)


AB 824 (Lackey, R-Palmdale) Transitional Services for Homeless Youth
(En Español ♦ Send an email  ♦ View a short video)

May 15, 2017 Catholic Advocacy Day

A central element of Catholic Advocacy Day is communication back to Catholic Legislative Network members about how their elected representatives plan to vote on a certain issue. Click here for a summary of the positions taken by each elected representative visited by a delegation.  You will notice some interesting things as you page through the reports. For instance:

May 12, 2016 Catholic Advocacy Day

“We left with a sense of support and being heard,” said Armando Cervantes, a delegate to Catholic Advocacy Day from the Diocese of Orange.

That sense of empowerment and type of encounter is not uncommon for people who take part in the annual event in Sacramento organized by the California Catholic Conference.  This year, nearly 50 lawmakers and their staff in Sacramento received delegations from arch/dioceses across the state.

May 11, 2016 Catholic Advocacy Day

On April 19, delegates from arch/dioceses around California visited Sacramento to talk with lawmakers on issues important to the Catholic community in California.  Those volunteer delegates sought to learn the stance of their elected officials on a number of issues.  They told the lawmakers that those positions would be communicated to the members of the Catholic Legislative Network in California. 

May 9, 2016 Catholic Advocacy Day

To measure the value of Catholic Advocacy Day, both to participants and lawmakers, the California Catholic Conference requests feedback.  The response from delegates is almost always overwhelmingly positive.  People learn that interacting with their legislators is not as challenging as it might appear.  In fact, like any new experience, the more one tries, the easier and more effective the communication becomes.

April 21, 2016 Catholic Advocacy Day

Tuesday morning started very early for some dedicated advocates.  Traveling from all over the state to Sacramento, almost every diocese in California was represented at the Capitol for the annual Catholic Advocacy Day.

April 11, 2016 Catholic Advocacy Day

Please submit one report for each visit. The information you provide will be sent to all Catholic Legislative Network members in the legislator's district so it is important that the data be accurate and informative. During your visit please assertively work to determine the legislator's position on each of these bills and let him or her know you will be distributing the information to Network members. Reports are due May 5, 2017

May 15, 2015 Catholic Advocacy Day

After becoming familiar with the issues and hearing last minute updates on legislative maneuverings, Catholics from around California spread out into the halls of the Capitol to bring a message of life and dignity to lawmakers.

April 7, 2015 Catholic Advocacy Day

Reverence for Life and Family