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Fair Trade Activities in Diocese of San Jose

CRS Fair Trade Ambassador Anne Maloney staffs a table of fair trade goods during a recent gathering.

The Diocese of San Jose is proud to have three Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Fair Trade Ambassadors: Anne Maloney, Bill Perry, and Brendan Cunning. Through their efforts, fair trade has increased in scope throughout the local parishes and schools.

At Saint John Vianney Church, the quarterly Fair Trade weekend was held. Brendan Cunning spoke at each Mass, and sold about $1,200 worth of Fair Trade products after the Masses. According to some figures, globally, the value of Fair Trade sales comes to nearly $1 billion. So, even if what is done locally seems small, it is done jointly with additional efforts all around the world. Nothing is too small! An amazing statistic is that in one European nation, Fair Trade bananas make up half of all bananas sold in that country! This is good news given the fact that as of a few years ago 42 million children were reported working in the fields of Latin America, many in the banana industry.

At the Cursillo Ultreya Meeting, Fair Trade Ambassador Bill Perry gave a talk on Fair Trade at Holy Family Parish in San Jose to over 30 people. At the Catholic Professionals monthly meeting, Brendan Cunning gave a talk at the Three Flames Restaurant to over 40 people! At both events, tables were displayed with Fair Trade literature, Fair Trade products and a list of places where members of the community may support Fair Trade.

Also, Transfiguration Parish held its 6th Annual Ladies Tea with over 180 ladies in attendance. There, the women were served a variety of Fair Trade teas. The choice Mango Ceylon was by far, the most popular Fair Trade tea.

Lastly, Bellarmine College Prep is proud to announce that they serve Fair Trade coffee in all its buildings and for all school events.