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Social Justice

In pursuit of justice and peace for all.

Social Justice Ministry

The Office of 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.


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. 

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.

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.

Public Policy and 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.

Respect Life

Respect Life Ministry within the archdiocese 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 Parish Kits.

Urban Ministry

Urban Ministry focuses on seven key areas of service: prayer, dialogue, accompaniment, presence, crisis response, bridge building, and adult and child education.

Laudato Si

In light of Pope Francis’ “Laudato Si - On Care for Our Common Home," we have gathered some resources that will help the faithful more fully understand this teaching on the environment.

CRS Fair Trade Program

Creates opportunities to make trade fairer for poor people overseas, through the choices we make about what we eat, drink and buy. 

Prison MinistryPrison Ministry

Catholic Prison Ministry provides outreach to prisoners, their families and those affected by crime..

Contact Us

Rob Shelledy
Diocesan Director



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.

Catholic Charities

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

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408