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

Catholic Social Teaching is an essential element of our faith arising from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist. Our teachings are inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the official anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Local and national grants from CCHD help lift communities out of poverty through community-controlled, self-help organizations. CCHD also focuses attention on educating Catholics on the conditions and root causes of poverty.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities serves people of all faiths and walks of life through quality, compassionate, and effective human services.

Catholic Relief Services

As the official international agency of the Catholic Church in the United States, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) provides direct aid to the poor and involves people in their own development, helping them to realize their potential.

CRS Rice Bowl

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services‘ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. We give alms with a spirit of generosity to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors.

Fair Trade

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. Fair Trade is a new model of international trade, one that is built on right relationships between us and the people overseas who create the items we consume – relationships that respect human dignity, promote economic justice and cultivate global solidarity.

Public Policy & Legislative Action

We interact with the community at large in efforts that are based on Catholic Social Teaching, and are committed to empowering Catholics to put their faith in action – in their homes, in their communities, and in the public square.

Current Issues

We encourage regular correspondence with legislators urge Catholics to become regular visitors to local district offices. We are available to help parishes and their committees plan and prepare for a variety of advocacy activities.

Faithful Citizenship

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship and resources to help Catholics reflect on their duties as faithful citizens.

Justice for Immigrants

The Catholic Church has taken a position on immigration because, besides being an economic, social, and legal issue, it is also a humanitarian one, and ultimately has moral implications. The Office of Social Justice Ministry can provide speakers at a parish or school event to discuss current legislation, the ethics of reform, the current immigration system and/or how it relates to Catholic Social Teaching. Media and Educational resources are also available.

Respect Life

Respect Life Ministry within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is overseen by the office of Dignity of the Human Person. Staff coordinates the planning of the annual Respect Life Mass, Holy Hours for Life, and distribution of annual Respect Life Parish Kits. Pro-Life Ministry Internet Resources are also provided.

Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry actions are rooted in prayer, illustrating that our efforts flow from who we are, as believing Christians. In addition to the normal liturgical life of the Church, ecumenical and interfaith prayers for peace are held regularly in our community. Urban Ministry currently focuses attention on employment opportunities, networking, and support for indigent burial in Milwaukee County.


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Resources & Newsletters

Tools for Job Seekers, Food Pantry Publication, Community Resource Guide, Encyclical Discussion Guide, Forms, Contest packet, "Love Thy Neighbor" newsletters, plus other resources from the Office of Social Justice Ministry and Dignity of the Human Person.

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