A Unified Voice for All New York State Catholics

The New York State Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of the state in working with government to shape laws and policies that pursue social justice, respect for life and the common good. We provide a unified voice for the eight dioceses of the state to speak on such issues as education, marriage, health care, poverty, abortion, euthanasia, social services, criminal justice and the environment. We apply the principles of Catholic social teaching to critical issues of the day and encourage citizen involvement in the legislative process.

DACA Statement

DACA Statement

Executive Director Richard E. Barnes reacts to Trump Administration's rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “The Catholic Church in New York State stands with the Dreamers." View Here. En español, aquí.

Mental health statement

Mental health statement

Read "For I am Lonely and Afflicted," the New York State Bishops' statement on a just response to persons with mental illness HERE.

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