Partnerships in Social Services and Dialogue: Lessons from Manhattan, Staten Island, and the Bronx

  • Thomas P. Dobbins, Jr. Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York


We have now come to the end of our week together for our Buddhist-Christian dialogue on “Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity,” where we have heard from our distinguished colleagues about our various faiths’ perspectives on the causes of suffering in this world, the means for liberation from that suffering, and how building and growing fraternity between members of both of our communities can help foster a more just and peace-filled world for everyone. We are now asked to reflect on what particular contribution our own faith community—in my case, the Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New York— could make as we collaborate in addressing social ills in the United States to reduce suffering and increase fraternity. I would like to share our experiences over a three-year period working with local social service groups affiliated with the Muslim community within our city. 

Fraternal Interreligious Cooperation