Catholic Social Justice Ministry & Dignity of the Human Person
Social Justice Ministry / Dignity of the Human Person strives to build the capacity of the diocesan Church to act effectively in defense of human dignity, human rights and the pursuit of justice and peace. The following events, programs, resources, services, and grants are directed and coordinated by office staff.
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Catholic social teaching is an essential element of our faith rooted in Hebrew prophets and founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides grants to help lift communities out of poverty and educates Catholics on root causes of poverty.
Catholic Charities serves people of all faiths and walks of life through quality, compassionate, and effective human services.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) provides direct aid to the poor in more than 100 countries and involves people in their own development.
CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. We give alms with a spirit of generosity to aid our neighbors in need.
Fair Trade Programs create opportunities to make trade fairer for poor people overseas, through the choices we make about what we eat, drink and buy.
We interact with the community-at-large in efforts that empower Catholics to put their faith in action – in their homes, communities and in the public square.
We encourage correspondence with legislators and visits to the office of local elected officials to advocate for issues that uphold Catholic teaching.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and resources to help Catholics reflect on their duties as faithful citizens.
Immigration is an economic, social, legal, and humanitarian issue with moral implications. We offer speakers, media and educational resources.
Overseen by the office of Dignity of the Human Person, staff coordinates the annual Respect Life Mass and distribution of parish kits.
Urban Ministry hosts ecumenical and interfaith prayers for peace and focuses current efforts toward employment initiatives, networking, and indigent burial.
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Tools for Job Seekers, Food Pantry Publication, Community Resource Guide, Encyclical Discussion Guide, "Love Thy Neighbor" newsletters, and more resources from the Office of Social Justice Ministry and Dignity of the Human Person