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Catholic Social Action

Learn more about the Catholic Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Catholic Social Action

  Attendees at an advocacy workshop on immigration reform

The Catholic Social Action Office works to help the Church to act effectively in defense of human dignity, human rights and the pursuit of justice and peace. Staff members assist with effort such as homeless shelters, food pantries, meal programs, welfare reform, violence prevention, healthcare and advocacy.

The Catholic Social Action Office includes the following programs:

  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Operation Rice Bowl
  • CRS Fair Trade Program
  • Rural Life Ministry
  • Voices for Justice
  • Wisconsin Catholic Conference

Social Justice Ministry

This ministry 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.

  • Advocacy & Faithful Citizenship
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Human Concerns & Respect Life

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The mission of CCHD is to address the root causes of poverty in America through education and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations.

  • Application for Funding & Forms
  • Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

CRS is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community serving 100 countries to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need.

  • Emergency Response and Relief
  • Long-term Development
  • Peace Building

Operation Rice Bowl (ORB)
ORB is a Lenten program designed to increase food security that fosters solidarity between the poor of the world and the U.S. Catholic community.

  • Featured ORB Countries
  • Hunger & Poverty Alleviation Efforts in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
  • ORB:  Pray, Fast, Learn & Give


To read more, go to Catholic Social Action's Department Page.


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