Social justice coordinator walks the talk on human dignity

| August 14, 2012 | 2 Comments
Cappy Moore

Leading With Faith winner Cappy Moore. Photo by Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

From the nominator“Cappy is continually promoting, coordinating and involving parishioners and others in works of charity and justice for the sake of the poor and betterment of society.” — Sister Mary Madonna Ashton, CSJ

In her words

I feel so blessed to be able to work at a church because they [faith and work] don’t seem separate at all. . . . I feel like I’m probably the luckiest person in the world, just to be able to have a job where all my life work with my faith journey is utilized instead of compartmentalized. It’s really a gift.

One time we took some parishioners to Guatemala. . . . We went on a 3-mile hike into the mountains and had a Mass celebrated in the language of Quichi.

As we spent time there trying to be present, a group of people came to us — health promoters — and thanked us for our presence and thanked us for helping to bring prenatal vitamins. They said, ‘We’re burying our children and we’re burying our parents because we don’t have clean water.’

This water was killing them. So, we applied our faith. . . . The parish has raised over $250,000 to get water filter systems in each home, and we’re halfway there.

We shared the story and [the project] just spread like wildfire here. It connected with everybody’s sense of so basic a need, of water and people without [it]. It’s just been amazing. We’ve been going down there since the year 2001. The water project began in 2007. That was fun. It’s still awesome.

The example of Archbishop [Harry] Flynn has been immense in my life. I can get project oriented, I can get driven, my type A can step in, and all I have to do is see his picture, and I remember what’s [important]. It’s really the person in front of you, and that slows me down and helps me to pay attention to what’s really [important].

You can talk about the dignity of human life. Archbishop Flynn just exemplified to me that dignity of each individual because he gave you 100 percent of his attention when he was with you. We share a common dream and we share this dignity of human life.


Age: 59

Organization: St. Patrick, Edina

Title: Social justice coordinator

Parish: St. Patrick, Edina

Spouse: Jeff

Children: Charlotte, Christopher, Theresa, John, Patrick, Elizabeth

Activities: Volunteer at Sharing and Caring Hands (tutoring) and organizer of parish groups that go there, running, reading

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Category: Leading With Faith

  • ~ Nancy

    Recently I listened to Cappy as she spoke about Guatemala and showed photographs of a recent trip.  She impressed me with her authentic heart for all the people. She showed no partiality. Her sincere and compassionate presence was evident as she spoke of her interaction with the people in the various aldea, and it was present to all of us gathered as well. 

    What a joy to work under such leaders as this; it naturally brings forth everyone’s gifts and creates the Biblical atmosphere resultant when we ‘love one another’. My family just registered at this parish and I look forward to interacting with Cappy and participating in the various projects/missions. 

  • Guest

    Thank you for this neat profile of a remarkable person. I have had the chance to speak with Cappy before about her trips to Guatemala and activities at Sharing and Caring Hands. What struck me was her perspective. She treats people from the school and parish groups the same as she treats the guests at S & C Hands or the Guatemalans she meets: as peers and equals. I think an important element in the success of her projects like the water filter system is thus her ability to avoid the limits that “us and them” thinking might present. Again, thank you for this profile of her.