Community Life

Committee for Social Justice


The mission of the Committee for Social Justice is to educate and empower people in principles and practices derived from biblical injunctions to live justly and peaceably as these are embodied in Catholic Social Teaching, to encourage people to become actively involved with those in need, and to participate in programs that work for a more just and peaceful world. Committee members educate each other about Catholic Social Teaching, assist the pastoral staff in raising social awareness and concerns, and collaborate with other ministries and community partners in activities such as the Walk Against Hunger and the Local Giving Tree.


Upcoming Social Justice Events:

  • June 4, 2016 Taste of Haiti – Save this date for the celebration of our Sister Parish in Haiti.

  • June 11, 2016 Bishop Rosazza Conference - This is a day of education, prayer and conversation for those engaged in social justice ministry, both newcomers and veterans.  It provides an opportunity to learn more about current issues and to share ideas and best practices.

  • June 8, 2016 SECOND CHANCE SOCIETY – PART 2. Join us at 7:00 pm at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue in Hartford. In April the Committee for Social Justice co-hosted a meeting on recent changes to state legislation called the Second Chance Society. This legislation impacts the penalties for drug use and re-entry support for those leaving the prison system. Part 2 will be a meeting featuring Dianne Jones, Director of Re-Entry services for the city of Hartford. This meeting, co-sponsored by Saint Patrick-Saint Anthony Church and Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Join Us! Find out what our faith communities can do to assist our brothers and sisters in their re-entry.

  • June 12, 2016 in the Franciscan Center  - “The Hartford Catholic Worker Children's Art Show”.   Members of St. Patrick/St. Anthony have generously provided art supplies to the Hartford Catholic Worker, for their after school programs.  The children have been busy creating art, and they would like to share it with us.  Please stop over to the Franciscan Center on Community Sunday, June 12, to see their art, and meet some of the artists.

Current Social Justice Issues: 

Sister Parish Update - Save the date for the Taste of Haiti, Saturday, June 4. We are pleased that Fr. Philippe will be joining us.  Fr. Cid has asked to step aside as the staff liaison for the Sister Parish Committee (SPC). The Committee thanks Fr. Cid for his five years of service to this ministry and welcomes Fr. Tom, is now the staff liaison for SPC.