Bishop Richard Pates has become more aware of the importance of doing all we can to support our global brothers and sisters as they strive to be self-sustaining. Bishop has traveled around the world -- Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Cuba, Congo and Nigeria -- in his role as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for International Justice and Peace. The diocesan offices at the Catholic Pastoral Center are transitioning to use fair trade coffee and tea for staff use and for all our diocesan meetings. Bishop Pates encourages parishes and schools to use fair trade products and make them available for parishioners who want to be part of this economic justice initiative supported by Catholic Relief Services. Fair trade products are made or farmed by people around the world and sold here. The income is used to pay those who farmed or made the products a just and livable wage.