Parish Social Ministry

Catholic Charities is committed to collaborating with parishes to support their ministries to the poor and vulnerable, encourage community engagement and educate parishioners about the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.  

We will assist parishes to discern the strengths, talents, resources, and needs of their communities and assist in mobilizing the parishes to meet those needs through direct services, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and global solidarity.

We can partner with your parish to:

  • Consult: help your parish plan a new or expand an existing social justice initiative, develop or revive a Social Justice committee.
  • Educate: learn about Catholic Social Teaching, help connect parishes to resources for topics as needed.
  • Convene: call community groups together to respond to a local need. Assist in creating agendas and meeting structure.
  • Mobilize: encourage parishioners to take action through legislative advocacy and other community event participation.

For more information:

  • Please email Stephen Schmitz at or call 319.364.7121
  • To sign up for the Parish Social Ministry newsletter, please click here

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