Since 1979 the Office for Peace and Justice has
carried out the Gospel call to love God, our
neighbors and all of God’s creation. Jesus calls us to
be Christian witnesses by acting upon our faith to
promote social justice.
Through its many programs and initiatives, the
Office for Peace and Justice provides Catholics with
a variety of opportunities to live out God’s call for
all people to support justice and peace throughout
Our goal is to encourage our sisters and brothers to
take an active role in offering a hand up rather than
a hand out to those living on the margins of our
society. Ensuring that through awareness and
education that everyone is afforded the opportunity
to live a life of dignity.
It is our hope to encourage strong global solidarity
among the developing nations, by not only offering
financial support, but learning from them as well. In
sharing our gifts and talents we are both enriched,
mentally, physically and spiritually, growing ever
closer to uniting the “beloved community” and
building up the “Kingdom of God”.
Catholic Relief Services
CRS was founded in 1943 by the U.S. Catholic Bishops to assist the poor
and disadvantaged outside of the U.S. CRS works to build global
solidarity in the U.S. and alleviate human suffering around the world.
CRS is active in over 100 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and
Latin America. CRS responds to emergencies like famine and war and
assists with community-driven, economic development projects abroad.
The Archdiocese of Chicago recently embarked on a Global Solidarity
Partnership with the Diocese of Mongu, Zambia. The Partnership program provides an opportunity for a relationship between dioceses that are mutually transforming and that promote justice and peace.
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Chicago Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the Archdiocese of Chicago’s domestic anti-poverty, social justice program. Our mission is to address and combat the root causes of poverty in America. Founded in 1969 in Chicago by Bishop Mike Dempsey, the CCHD's innovated pastoral strategy was the empowerment of the poor through a methodology of participation and education for justice, impelled by the Church's biblical tradition, Catholic social teaching, and pervasive poverty in the United States. We have fought for affordable housing, empowering seniors, defending human life and dignity, immigrant justice, safe neighborhoods, supporting the organizing efforts of people with disabilities, promoting family stability and fighting for worker’s rights.
Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical letter Caritas in Veritate - Charity in Truth, is the driving inspiration behind the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
This program is our attempt to honor the intent of the Bishops that being a “faithful citizen” is not merely something required of us in an election year, but a 24/7/365 commitment.
Parish Sharing embodies the spirit of the earliest Christian communities
by providing a means for Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago to
share their gifts of time, talent and treasure. Parishes are linked to
one another across economic, racial, ethnic, and geographic lines for
the purpose of building relationships and enriching the faith lives of
individuals and communities. For almost 40 years, Parish Sharing has
resulted in real and positive changes in peoples’ lives.
Justice Education & Advocacy
The OPJ offers a variety of educational materials and presentations
to Catholic parishes, schools and institutions. Additionally, the
Office promotes advocacy efforts to assist the poor and vulnerable
in the Chicago area, the US and throughout the world. The OPJ is
actively engaged in a number of issues including health care access, war and anti-violence, affordable housing, politics, voting and legislative issues.