Thursday, May 5, 2016
Since 1982, Dan Misleh has been involved in the social mission of the Church beginning with two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Alaska through today.
As founding executive director of Catholic Climate Covenant—a partnership of 14 national Catholic organizations including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops—he has helped engage the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people, and the exercise of prudence with the goal of more fully implementing the U.S. Catholic bishops’ 2001 statement on climate change and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Besides the Covenant’s ongoing campaign, The St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, which has enrolled over 20,000 Catholic individuals, schools, parishes, and other organizations, the Covenant is widely seen as the primary organization promoting Laudato Si’ in the U.S.
Dan has spoken to dozens of local, regional and national Catholic groups on the Catholic approach to climate change and Laudato Si’. He has written numerous articles on climate change for a variety of organizations, publications and online journals including: Catholic Health World, Today’s Parish Minister, Catholic Digest, US Catholic, Journal of Religion and Sociology, Catholic Charities USA and Monday Developments. He has appeared on TV and radio and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the UK’s Guardian and other news outlets.
Prior to becoming his work at Catholic Climate Covenant, Dan served the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops first as a policy advisor and then as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (1995-2006).
He has trained Catholic leaders around the country in the principles of Catholic social teaching, parish social ministry, community organizing, and the Catholic approach to issues such as agriculture, environment, criminal justice and the death penalty.
Dan graduated with a degree in business management from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a master’s degree in theology from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Dan is the 2015 recipient of the Harry A. Fagan Award by the Roundtable Association of Social Action Directors for his “unique contributions made to the achievement of the Catholic vision of social justice in the national or international community.” Dan and his wife Susan live in Cheverly, Maryland and have three children.