Development and Peace


The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) is the official international development agency of the Canadian Catholic Church.  It was launched in 1967 by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as a centennial project in order to respond to the growing needs of our Christian sisters and brothers in developing countries around the world.

CCODP operates its mandate upon a two-prong approach; an education(awareness) campaign in the Fall, and a fundraising (Share Lent) campaign in the Spring.

Check out information on the Spring Share Lent campaign:

St. Mark’s  Parish, Development & Peace (D&P) has a core group of very devoted and creative people who, each year, devise ways of making the two D&P campaigns very visible and effective.  They are supported by a very large number of volunteers who take responsibility for the various activities.

We aim to continue our effective campaigning within the Parish community.  Our goal is to expand outside the doors of the Church — to make everyone in the Aylmer Sector aware of the realities of the Developing World and encourage them to commit money and political will to help change unjust and archaic structures.

We are also planning a 24-hour THINKfast for teens in the parish from March 23-24.

If you are interested in helping with the Development & Peace efforts in our Parish, please contact Esperanza Garrido at 819-685-0391 or contact the parish office via  email the Parish Office or at 819-684-6926.