Convention Address by the Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane, Bishop of Maine

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Bishop Stephen T. Lane offers his annual address to the 195th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine on October 25, 2014, at the University of Maine, Presque Isle.

Dixie Shaw of Catholic Charities Maine Testifies Before Senate Committee

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At the invitation of Senator Susan Collins, Dixie Shaw, who is the Director of Hunger and Relief Services for Catholic Charities in Caribou, Maine, testified before a Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine poverty among our nation’s seniors. The hearing was titled, “Income Security and the Elderly: Securing Gains made in the War on Poverty.”

Senator Collins said, “Poverty remains a troubling reality for millions of older Americans who struggle to find the resources they need to meet the basic necessities of life. Facing poverty is harsh at any age, but especially heartbreaking when it is coupled with isolation and loneliness, as it so often is in rural areas.” Senator Collins explained that far too many seniors rely only on Social Security for their retirement income-one in four retired Americans nationally and one in three in Maine.

Through her position with Catholic Charities in Maine, Dixie runs two food banks supplying 25 food pantries that serve more than 24 thousand people-one-third of the population of Aroostook County, Maine.