Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP)


Brief Synopsis:

The CCODP team at St. Mark’s Parish raise funds to help the global community through the annual Share Lent Campaign and through the generosity of students and Parishoners.


The representatives meet every third Wednesday of the month from September – November, and from January – June inclusive.  You are welcome to join!!  Contact our D&P representatives Felix Durity and Jenny Cheng for more information.


Detailed information about Development and Peace is available at


Lenten Reflections for 2017 (Posted Mar 2017); “Women at the Heart of Change”. Click here to read…

For past D&P events, go to the Past Events page, and search for “D&P”

Development and Peace – Who we are

The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is the member organization in Canada of Caritas Internationalis, a global Confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations that work on behalf of the poor and oppressed in 198 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, often referred to as the Global South. CCODP is one of the largest NGO networks in the world.


Caritas works with and for those in need regardless of creed, race, gender or ethnicity. Its mandate includes integral development, emergency relief, advocacy and education, peace building, respect for human rights, and support for proper stewardship of the Earth’s environment and resources.


The approach is based on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching which focuses on the dignity of the human person and the oneness of the entire human family.


Caritas is unique in its ongoing presence in communities before, during and after crisis situations. It helps to achieve sustainable relief. By working with local grass-root organizations but by being able to draw on national and international expertise and resources, Caritas can take effective action.


In general ten percent of the funds CCODP raises provides for Emergency Aid and the rest targets sustainable development and peace.  The Share Lent Appeal Campaign is the major source of funds for CCODP although Share Year round funding occurs and occasional Emergency Relief Appeals to relieve crises.



There is a National Council, made up of members of the Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), with offices headquartered in Montreal with an Executive Committee that exercise policy, approves budget and sets agenda, such as action themes. There are Regional and Diocesan Councils (such as the Archdiocese of Vancouver) made up of representatives from the local areas. The Archdiocese is divided into Zones with St. Mark’s Parish being in the Vancouver West Zone. Each Zone has one or two representatives for a particular parish. For the Parish of St. Mark’s Jenny Cheng and Felix Durity are the current reps.



Development and Peace was established in 1967 by the CCCB in response to an appeal of Pope Paul V1 to help people in the Third World to break the endless cycle of poverty through community-based, community-identified sustainable initiatives. Since its inception CCODP has provided over $441 million to improve lives tangibly in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Over 15,000 projects in 70  countries have been funded to lead to better lives in advancing human rights to food and land , to education, to peace and dignity, and equal rights for all – men, women and children. Endless testimonials from those aided in the Global South give strong witness to lives changed for the better.



Originally, the Canadian International Development Agency CIDA) assisted in providing about $60 million dollars per year to CCODP projects but in 2013 the Harper government drastically cut support by a whopping  67% as CIDA was absorbed into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a changed agenda that tied aid to Canadian corporations working in areas of particular interest to the Government, fostering not the local grass-roots priorities but those and groups that fitted in with the new modus operandi.


As a result, there is a compulsory even greater emphasis by CCODP on relying on the generosity of our Catholic and like-minded donors to fund some of the all too many unmet needs of our brethren in the Global South.


The annual Share Lent Campaign is now the very major source of fund-raising coupled with the as needs be special Emergency Relief Appeals for disaster relief (such as the West African Food drought in 2012, the Syrian Appeal and  the Typhoon Haiyan Philippine Relief Fund in 2013 in very recent times).


With the full support of our pastors and St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi students, the local small Parish Community of St. Mark’s continues to distinguish itself repeatedly by the extra-ordinary generosity of its parishioners to aid our needy brothers and sisters in the Global South.  Only 5% of funds donated go support communications and fund-raising with another 12% for governance and administration. The rest-83% – goes directly to the programs!


To quote Mother Teresa : ” At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by, ‘I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.’   We can add “I was voiceless and weak and you spoke up and defended me”.


Our Local and Diocesan Vancouver council and Representatives.

The current St. Mark’s Development and Peace reps. are Jenny Cheng and Felix Durity. We belong to the Vancouver West Zone. Our current zone leader is Cora Alcuitas of St. Mary’s Parish and our Chair is Pinky Pascual. Our executive consists of a Chair-person, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Our regional animator is Mr. John Gabor of Abbotsford. He leads our workshops.


We meet every third Wednesday of the month from September – November, and from January – June inclusive. We are very desirous of having more members from any parish join us in our work. We hold member workshops throughout the year. We especially wish young people to join us in our  fulfilling mission of serving the poor and disadvantaged. Jenny and I can be contacted through the information provided above (at the start of this page).