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:
  •  Annual Social Justice Conference:  
    The Archdiocesan Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry will host its 6th Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference, “Routed in Faith: Creating an Economy of Inclusion,” on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol. (Check in begins at 8 a.m.) Designed with the goal of assisting parishes to develop and enhance parish social ministry efforts, the conference is an opportunity to meet and learn from others across the archdiocese and beyond. Sister Simone Campbell will be our keynote speaker. A religious leader, attorney, and poet, Campbell has extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Twenty-one workshops will cover a wide range of topics, from organizing for justice, to living a faith-filled family life, to prayer tools for personal care and communal ministry. For information, call (203) 777-7279 or visit

Current Social Justice Issues:  
On Tuesday, February 3, Pope Francis decreed that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr.  Such a designation clears the way for Romero’s beatification, the final step before being declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

Inspiring words from the Saints

 “I think also of the living conditions of many migrants who, in their dramatic odyssey, experience hunger, are deprived of freedom, robbed of their possessions, or undergo physical and sexual abuse. In a particular way, I think of those among them who, upon arriving at their destination after a grueling journey marked by fear and insecurity, are detained in at times inhumane conditions More....