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Alexia Kelley is the Executive
Director and co-founder of Catholics in Alliance
for the Common Good. Kelley has served in diverse capacities in non-profit
organizations committed to poverty reduction, social justice, and the
environment. She worked for nearly a decade at the Catholic Campaign for Human
Development, the Catholic Church's national anti-poverty program.

Kelley is the co-editor of Living the Catholic Social Tradition: Cases
and Commentary
(Sheed and Ward 2004) with Dr. Kathleen Maas
Weigert. The book examines how low-income led, anti-poverty organizations
funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development put Catholic social
justice teachings into action. She is co-author of a forthcoming book, A Nation For All: How the Catholic Vision of
the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division

(Spring 2008) to be published by Jossey Bass. She is also the author of Call to Family, Community, and Participation,
an education booklet in a Catholic social teaching series published by US
Conference of Catholic Bishops. Kelley has a B.A. in Religion with honors from Haverford College
and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity
School with a focus on
Christianity and Culture.

Kelley serves on the Board of
Directors of the Providence Hospital Foundation and was a founding Board member
of Language, Education and Technology Center, an adult literacy/ESL program at Our Lady
Queen of the Americas parish
in Washington, DC. Kelley served as a delegate to the 2007 Vatican's Second World Congress of Ecclesial
Organizations Working for Justice and Peace in Rome. She was one of more than 300
participants from 80 countries to the Congress that was convened and
facilitated by Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Vatican's
Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice.

The Pope, the Consistent Ethic of Life, and the Common Good

posted by Alexia Kelley

Pope Benedict XVI has been making the news lately. On theoccasion of Barack Obama’s election victory, he sent a personal congratulatorymessage and emphasized working with the new president on issues of “peace,solidarity and justice.”  When the Vatican spokesman was asked […]



posted by Alexia Kelley

Catholics are the quintessential swing voters in this presidential election. Whoever wins the Catholic vote in key battleground states is likely to be sworn in as our 44th president in January.     Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good is challenging […]


The Casey Milestone: Moving Beyond the Abortion Quagmire?

posted by Alexia Kelley

News broke yesterday that Senator Robert Casey Jr. will address the Democratic Convention in Denver later this month. For many Catholics, this is an important symbol and step towards healing the bitter disappointment that so many of us experienced in […]


Common Good Revival

posted by Alexia Kelley

There is a new faith movement afoot in the public square, and this new blog is certainly one indicator.  This movement seeks wisdom from the idea of the common good – central to in my Catholic tradition, and many other […]

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