George Horton, Catholic Charities NY Director of the Department of Social and Community Development, honored with the 2013 Servant of Justice Award

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By Alice Kenny

The Roundtable, a national Catholic association of diocesan social action directors focused on social action to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable, will honor George Horton, Catholic Charities New York Director of the Department of Social and Community Development, with its 2013 Servant of Justice award at the association’s annual awards dinner held in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 2013.

The award honors current or former Roundtable members whose work, through the tradition of Catholic social teaching, has led to significant progress towards greater social justice and dignity for all members of society.

A past chair of the Roundtable, Mr. Horton has worked for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York since 1981. He became Director of the Department of Community Development in 1991.  This department provides support for community groups through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  It supports Archdiocesan Catholic Relief Services initiatives.  It advocates for just social and economic policies at the State and Federal level.  And it assists parishes and other Archdiocesan offices in understanding and implementing principles of Catholic social teaching.

Mr. Horton also contributes to the Archdiocesan newspaper, Catholic New York and serves as guest host for the JustLove radio program aired on The Catholic Channel Sirius Satellite Radio.

Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan will introduce Mr. Horton at the ceremony.  Mr. Horton’s family and department staff, including Roundtable member and Catholic Charities Justice and Peace Coordinator Tom Dobbins, say they plan to attend the event.

“I am very honored to receive this award and also honored to have worked for Catholic Charities all these years,” Mr. Horton said. “Our Catholic Charities mission statement focuses on building a compassionate and just society and I’ve been blessed to be part of that effort.

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