Catholic social action
The Catholic Social Action Office and Commission empower Catholics in the Archdiocese to celebrate and live out the Gospel call for life, human dignity, and care for God’s creation through Catholic Social Teaching formation, organized social ministries, and opportunities for public advocacy and action. We have organized ministries for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Rural Life Conference as well as for such current issues as respect life, immigration, care for God’s creation, poverty, international peace, and more. The office also coordinates and provides staff support to regional justice collaborative networks of parishes and other Catholic organizations: the Cincinnati-area Advocates for Justice, Dayton-area Weavers of Justice, and the Northern-area Fields of Justice. The office also serves as an initial point of contact for ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Archdiocese.
A fully engaged, local Church which understands and lives out the fullness of Catholic Social Teaching, affirming it as integral to Catholic identity. With this vision, the Church proactively shapes itself and prophetically transforms the world to reflect the Gospel’s call for life, human dignity, and care for God’s creation.
The Catholic Social Action Office and Commission empower Catholics in the Archdiocese to celebrate and live out the Gospel call for life, human dignity, and care for God’s creation through Catholic Social Teaching formation, organized social ministries, and opportunities for public advocacy and action.
Catholic Social Teaching
Task Forces & Committees
The Social Action Commission, made up of representatives from around the Archdiocese, guides and supports the work of the Social Action Staff. Click here to learn more.
CCHD is the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Locally, we seek out and support organizations who adhere to Catholic Social Teaching and empower people for justice. Click here to learn more.
CRS is the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community. Locally, we seek to share the good news about and engage people to join in solidarity with their work. Click here to learn more.
The Anti-Racism Task Force works for racial equity, combating the effects of white privilege, marginalization, and oppression. We recognize the systematic and institutional racism both with the Church and without and seek to educate and empower the faithful to end this centuries-old sin. Click here to learn more.
The Immigration Task Force is an interfaith effort to welcome with compassion our brothers and sisters who have arrived from foreign lands and work for comprehensive immigration reform. Click here to learn more.
The Care for Creation Task Force follows the lead of our recent popes and the US bishops in calling for the care of all God’s creation, recognizing the need to be better stewards of our common home. Click here to learn more.
The Addiction Crisis Task Force is a joint Lutheran-Catholic effort to support those suffering from addiction and their families. Click here for more information.
We remember all people have dignity and worth, e-ven if they are formerly incarcerated. The challenges facing folks re-entering society are myriad and significant, and the Dismas Journey discusses these challenges and the joy that comes from supporting these brothers and sisters. Click here for more information.
Christians of the East and West joining together to promote greater awareness of Christianity and religious freedom for all. Click here for more information.
The two Rural Life conferences in the AOC – one in the north, one in the east – educate and assist the faithful in supporting rural life concerns. Click here for more information.
This Dayton-area collaborative of parishes and organizations cultivates vibrant social ministry. Click here for more information.
This Northern-area collaborative seeks to make a greater impact on a number of social justice issues. Click here for more information.
Justice Issues & Topics
Catholic Social Teaching calls us to not only understand and deepen our faith but also to live our faith. Whether through advocacy, education, faith sharing, or public action, we all must practice our faith in our every word and deed. As James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.” Please check back often to our Action Center for various ways that you and your community can speak out with compassion and solidarity for justice and peace.