Resources for Fortnight for Freedom

and Religious Freedom Week


Our Catholic Faith and the Immigration Issue


DACA and advocacy for DREAMERS

The U.S. Bishops are committed to working with the new administration to ensure that refugees and immigrants are humanely welcomed to the United States without sacrificing our nation’s security.

Learn what Catholic Social Teachings says about the immigration issue and how we as Catholics can help by visiting Justice for Immigrants



Looking to Catch Up?

theSkimm has a good summary of all the past immigration news events to help you get current with the political events that are shaping the immigration and refugee debate.  It's called, No Excuses, Not to talk about immigration.  This secular site has some good information that should help you and your friends get up to speed.




Prayer and Action Site to be announced soon.

We are currently negotiating with a parish to host our next trip.

We will likely be doing trips throughout June and may extend into July.

So it is not too early to start recruiting youth to form a mission team.

How Your Representative and Senator Voted

May 11, 2018
The House and Senate have passed the Adoption Protection Act.  The governor has promised to sign it.  It is important at this moment to thank those voted "yes."  It also is worth reminding those who voted "no" that you will remember this vote at the August 7 primary election and the November 6 general election (mark your calendars!).

The bill simply protects faith-based adoption providers like Catholic Charities in their important work.  Yet on the House floor, opponents called the bill something out of 1940's Nazi Germany and described it as being akin to what slaveowners stood for.

Those who voted "yes" stood strong against these outrageous, despicable mischaracterizations.  Those who voted "no" voted with the ACLU against Catholic Charities.

Below you can click on the name of your representative and senator to be taken to their legislative homepage that has their email address.  (If you don't know who your legislators are, click here and enter your address)

Kansas House of Representatives

Voted YES: Alford, Arnberger, Aurand, Awerkamp, Bergquist, Blex, Burris, Carpenter, Claeys, Clark, Concannon, Corbet, Cox, Delperdang, Dietrich, Dove, Elliott, Ellis, Eplee, Esau, Finch, Francis, Garber, Hawkins, Highland, Hoffman, Houser, Huebert, Humphries, Jacobs, Jennings, Johnson, Jones, Karleskint, Kelly, Landwehr, Lewis, Mason, Mastroni, Orr, Osterman, Patton, Phillips, Powell, Proehl, Rafie, Rahjes, Resman, Ryckman, Schroeder, Seiwert, A. Smith, E. Smith, Sutton, Tarwater, Thimesch, Trimboli, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber, Wheeler, Whitmer, Williams

Voted NO: Alcala, Baker, Ballard, Becker, Bishop, Brim, Burroughs, Carlin, Carmichael, Clayton, Crum, Curtis, Davis, Deere, Dierks, Finney, Frownfelter, Gallagher, Gartner, Good, Helgerson, Henderson, Highberger, Hineman, Hodge, Holscher, Horn, Judd-Jenkins, Kessinger, Koesten, Kuether, Lusk, Lusker, Markley, Miller, Murnan, Neighbor, Ohaebosim, Ousley, Parker, Phelps, Pittman, Probst, Ralph, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Schreiber, Sloan, Stogsdill, Swanson, Thompson, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Whipple, Wolfe Moore

Kansas Senate

Voted YES: Alley, Baumgardner, Berger, Billinger, Bowers, Denning, Doll, Estes, Fitzgerald, Goddard, Hardy, Hilderbrand, Kerschen, Longbine, Lynn, Masterson, Olson, Petersen, Pilcher-Cook, Pyle, Suellentrop, Tyson, Wagle, Wilborn

Voted NO: Bollier, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Haley, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Kelly, McGinn, Pettey, Rogers, V. Schmidt, Skubal, Sykes, Taylor

Accept no excuses!



Here’s how south-central Kansas and Kansas City-area House members voted on SB 284, which would allow adoption agencies to refuse placements based on religious beliefs. The bill passed the House 63-58.

Source Wichita Eagle

How they voted

 South-central Kansas

 Republicans voting yes: House:Leo Delperdang, Roger Elliott, Daniel Hawkins, Susan Humphries, Brenda Landwehr, Les Osterman, Chuck Weber, John Whitmer, Wichita; Emil Bergquist, Park City; Doug Blex, Independence; Jesse Burris, Mulvane; Blake Carpenter, Derby; Kyle Hoffman, Coldwater; Steve Huebert, Valley Center; Les Mason, McPherson; Don Schroeder, Hesston; Joe Seiwert, Pretty Prairie; Jack Thimesch, Cunningham; Kristey Williams, Augusta. Senate:Mike Petersen, Gene Suellentrop, Susan Wagle, Wichita; Larry Alley, Winfield; Ed Berger, Hutchinson; Dan Kerschen, Garden Plain; Ty Masterson, Andover; Richard Wilborn,

Republicans voting no: House:Steven Becker, Buhler; Mary Martha Good, El Dorado; Anita Judd-Jenkins, Arkansas City. Senate:Carolyn McGinn, Sedgwick

 Democrats voting no: All area Democrats voted no.

 Present and passing: Sen. Bruce Givens, R-El Dorado

 Kansas City area

 Republicans voting yes: House:Tom Cox, Shawnee; Willie Dove, Bonner Springs; Keith Esau, Olathe; Randy Powell, Olathe; Abraham Rafie, Overland Park; John Resman, Olathe; Ron Ryckman, Olathe; William Sutton, Gardner; Sean Tarwater, Stilwell; Frank Trimboli, Olathe. Senate:Molly Baumgardner, Louisburg; Jim Denning, Overland Park; Steve Fitzgerald, Leavenworth; Julia Lynn, Olathe; Robert Olson, Olathe; Mary Pilcher-Cook, Shawnee

 Republicans voting no: House:Shelee Brim, Shawnee; Stephanie Clayton, Overland Park; Erin Davis, Olathe; Linda Gallagher, Lenexa; Jan Kessinger, Overland Park; Joy Koesten, Leawood; Patty Markley, Overland Park; Melissa Rooker, Fairway. Senate: Barbara Bollier, Mission Hills; John Skubal, Overland Park; Dinah Sykes, Lenexa

 Democrats voting no: All area Democrats voted no, except one who was absent.

 Not voting: Scott Schwab, R-Olathe; Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, Kan.



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.

Office for Social Justice


Under the guidance of the Archbishop:

To lead and encourage Catholics of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas to grow in their friendship with Jesus Christ by working for a just society that is informed by the Church’s social teachings amidst the challenges of modern society.


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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.