The Office for Social Justice

New Encyclical from Pope Francis!

 On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the new encyclical from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.  

Hard copies of the encyclical are available to order from the USCCB.  For a limited time, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be the sole publisher in the United States of this urgent and critical new message. 

En Español: CARTA ENCÍCLICA LAUDATO SI’ DEL SANTO PADRE FRANCISCO SOBRE EL CUIDADO DE LA CASA COMÚN

"This encyclical is aimed at everyone. Let us pray that everyone can receive its message and grow in responsibility toward the common home that God has entrusted to us.” (Pope Francis, Angelus, June 14, 2015) 


 

LAUDATO SI'  RESOURCES

Some additional helpful resources include: 

Bible Power Quote: We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, who are and who were. For you have assumed your great power and have established your reign. The nations raged, but your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged… to destroy those who destroy the earth.”  REVELATION 11: 17-18

Encyclical Commentary 


The Office for Social Justice (OSJ)...

What We Do


Provide resources and support for individuals and parishes active in social justice issues

Contact the OSJ for questions or support in applying Catholic Social teaching in our communities.

Educate Catholics of all ages about the Church's social teachings

Bill Scholl is available to speak with your parish, school, or Catholic group on promoting an understanding of the Church's Social Teachings.

The OSJ can help in developing curriculum for teaching Catholic Social Doctrine in your parish.

Advocate for the most vulnerable in our community, including immigrants, the imprisoned and the poor among us

The OSJ is an archdiocesan point of contact for political action in the light of the Gospel and teachings of the Magisterium.

The OSJ can help your parish in its ministries to the poor, imprisoned, or otherwise marginalized.

Promote Global Solidarity by engaging people in the efforts of Catholic Relief Services

The OSJ is the local archdiocesan contact for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and can help your parish group get more engaged in our Gospel call to solidarity.

Coordinate the local efforts of the Justice for Immigrants Campaign

The OSJ promotes comprehensive immigration reforms that respect the needs of families and our Nation's laws and is the local contact for the  U.S. Bishop's Justice for Immigrants campaign.

Manage the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) including local grants and helping local applicants with national grants

The OSJ works with local community development groups in funding projects that help the poor improve their lives by affecting sustainable, systematic change through the U.S bishops' Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

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Bringing Catholics Closer to Christ through Action.

The Office for Social Justice (OSJ) promotes the social teachings of the Church and works with parishes to facilitate learning and action in the spirit of Jesus.