COPS/METRO: Preparations for our 40+ Anniversary Action

Photo: Veronica Markland | Today's Catholic Newspaper
Photo: Veronica Markland | Today’s Catholic Newspaper

Calling all leaders! Please join us with a delegation from your institution tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:00 to 8:30 PM Edison High School Auditorium 701 Santa Monica St  to help with final preparations for our 40+ Anniversary Action. We need all hands on deck to ensure a smooth celebration this Saturday. This is also the last call for pictures for our legacy slideshow, so please bring with you. Snacks and water will be provided. RSVP to  And enjoy these excerpts from yesterday’s feature story in the Faith section of the San Antonio Express News! Faithful a Key to Success of COPS/Metro, Elaine Ayala

Faith and the faithful played major roles in the systemic changes that COPS/Metro secured.

Parish by parish, congregation by congregation, thousands of organizers were trained, creating an army of outspoken, action-driven leaders. They challenged city, county and state officials and demanded investment in their communities.

Andy Sarabia said COPS/ Metro enlightened his Scriptural readings, pointing to the Gospel of Matthew’s “What you do to your brothers, you do to me.”

During the past four decades, COPS/Metro calculates, it has helped bring more than $1 billion in improvements to low-income neighborhoods on the West and South Sides.

Sister Gabriella Lohan, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit and Mary Immaculate, said COPS/ Metro “made my vocation more meaningful to me.”

“I became a better priest and pastor,” said Father Walter D’heedene of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, which is in a neighborhood where COPS/Metro successfully closed three bars and pushed H-E-B to improve its store. It was electrifying to see “powerful people humbled by the most vulnerable members of society, to see democracy working to their benefit,” said Fr. Michael DeGerolami, Pastor at St. Timothy Catholic Church. “It was Catholic social teaching in action,” he added. On Saturday, April 30, 2016, COPS/ Metro will gather to look back, celebrate a legacy and look to the future at a summit that begins at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Edison High School, 701 Santa Monica St.