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How did it get started and when?

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is the official development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada. CCODP was established in 1967 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter Populorum Progresso, which says that Development is the new word for Peace.  “It must be built daily, and it must strive towards a more perfect justice among human beings” – a founding principle still maintained today.

How is the organization governed?

Development and Peace is a membership lead organization supported by parish collections, individual donations and government grants, principally from the Department of Foreign Trade and Development.

The National Council is the primary decision making body for the organization with ultimate responsibility for managing its affairs.  It is made up of 19 elected members from across Canada, 2 representatives from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and three non-voting participants that includes the Past President, the Executive Director and a representative from the Employees union.

The Executive Committee is the main decision making body between meetings of the National Council. The National Council appoints the members of the Executive Committee.

Paid employees of the organization, working out of offices in Montreal and Toronto, develop campaign materials, facilitate workshops, manage programs and distribute funds.

How is the organization funded?

Catholics across Canada traditionally participate in and contribute financially to Development and Peace through the Share Lent collection on the fifth Sunday of Lent each year.  Government grants, primarily through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development also form a major portion of the operating budget.

How does the organization conduct its work?

Development and Peace works by partnering with local grassroots organizations and social movements that have shown energy, creativity and a proven ability to address the needs of the community.

Since its founding in 1967, Development and Peace has provided $441 million to improve living and working conditions in 28 countries in Africa, Asia and Central America, completing over 15,000 projects worldwide.

Is it affiliated with other organizations?

CCODP is the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis. Inspired by Gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching, Caritas responds to disasters, promotes integral human development and advocates on the causes of poverty and conflict. Caritas Internationalis was created in the 1950’s with the aim to promote greater coordination, communication and cooperation among the members present in various countries all over the world.

It is also a member of Kairos Canada, an ecumenical organization that seeks to unite churches working towards justice and social change around the world.

CCODP collaborates with global and domestic networks such as International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE), and Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), contributing to building an international solidarity movement.

How can you help?

Support the parish during the Fall Education campaign by reading the bulletin notices and participating in the action by signing a petition or mailing in an action card.  Contribute to the Share Lent fundraising drive, held on the fifth Sunday of Lent each year.  Or, “Share Year Round” by signing up to contribute automatically.  Become a member of CCODP for $5.00 per year, and receive updates on current programs and activities.  Reach out to your parish representative to assist with the fall action and Share Lent campaigns.  Visit the web-site or contact your parish representative, Christine O’Leary: phone: 250-370-7471 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace:


Caritas Internationalis:

CIDSE:  “Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité”, International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity:

CCIC: Canadian Council for International Cooperation:

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)