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 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.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the official anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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 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.
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.
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 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 focuses on seven key areas of service: prayer, dialogue, accompaniment, presence, crisis response, bridge building, and adult and child education.
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.
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 serves people of all faiths and walks of life through quality, compassionate, and effective human services.