As John Paul II wrote, “The evangelical witness which the world finds most appealing is that of concern for people, and of charity toward the poor, the weak and those who suffer.” Even though we might not solve the problems of poverty, racism, or violence in our community, we must address them as witnesses to Jesus’ mission.
Urban Ministry strives to provide a transformative Catholic presence in urban Milwaukee through prolife social justice initiatives rooted in solidarity and accompaniment. We do this:
- Connect existing groups and resources to the needs of the urban community.
- Educate and provide opportunities for authentic encounter and relationship between diverse parishes and peoples.
- Work towards building a community of authentic solidarity across lines of race, socio-economic status, and geography.
- Work towards uniting people toward common action on behalf of respect for life and social justice.
- Support and grow Pregnancy and Parenting resources in the central city.
- Support and grow St. John Cathedral Pro-Life Prayer Group.
- Promote the USCCB Walking With Mom’s in Need initiative
- Support the mission of the Franciscan Peacemakers
- Coordinate designated Emergency Fund.
- Act as Liaison for the “Friends Through Pens” prison pen pal initiative.
- Envision and lead an Urban Center that supports and elevates our Catholic Presence in the city. This center will be a caring community of healing service and transformative formation
- Provide support for the St. Augustus Tolton Scholarship offered at All Saints and St. Martin de Porres parishes.
- Pro-life/Social Justice presentations to parishes and the broader community
- Confronting Racism education resources
Through Increased Urban Community Relations:
- Attend neighborhood and community meetings.
- Meet with urban leaders on behalf of the Archdiocese and those we serve.
- Coordinate Deacon led Catholic Emergency Response Team (CERT) and work on the Catholic Emergency Fund and CCHD Fund committees.
- Collaboratively work on advocacy issues.