Navigate to...

Catholic Social Action Contact:

Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582

Dayton Office
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director

Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036

Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator

Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH  45365
Phone:  (937) 498-1192
Phone:  (937) 224-3026 ext. 5015

Sign up for our action alerts and email communications!
Greater Cincinnati Area Action Alerts:

Greater Dayton and Northern Areas Social Justice Updates:

St. Francis Pledge Update (e-newsletter for Care for Creation information and updates):

Catholic Social Action

The Catholic Social Action Office and Commission empower Catholics in the Archdiocese to celebrate and live out the Gospel call for life, human dignity, and care for God’s creation through Catholic Social Teaching formation, organized social ministries, and opportunities for public advocacy and action.  We have organized ministries for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, and Catholic Rural Life Conference as well as for such current issues as respect life, immigration, care for God’s creation, poverty, international peace, and more. The office also coordinates and provides staff support to regional justice collaborative networks of parishes and other Catholic organizations: the Cincinnati-area Advocates for Justice Parish Collaborative, Dayton-area Weavers of Justice, and the Springfield Catholic Social Action Committee.  The office also serves as an initial point of contact for ecumenical and interfaith relations for the Archdiocese.

“Like us” on Facebook for more frequent updates!

Share the Journey: 17,000 Letters for DREAMers Sent to Congress!

On International Migrants Day (Dec. 18), the Archdiocese and other Catholic dioceses in Ohio wrapped up a campaign to have constituents urge Congress to pass the DREAM Act to provide a pathway to residency for young immigrants.  Ohioans sent nearly 17,000 to their elected officials!  Read the press release for this outpouring of public opinion here. 

In September 2017, Pope Francis launched a worldwide campaign to encourage greater prayer and action for migrants, titled Share the Journey.  Locally, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr has expressed his solidarity with local immigrants, encouraging us to embrace the Holy Father’s message through prayer and action.  (Read his message here.)

National Migration Week Events: Join us for the upcoming Crossing Borders exhibit and Breathe Free film screening on Jan. 10 and 11.

One Person Can Make a Difference: The Irene Gut Opdyke Story

National speaker, Jeannie Opdyke Smith will share the story of her mother, Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish Catholic woman who risked her life to save Jews during the Holocaust. The story she tells, although filled with the horror and hate the Holocaust holds, also brings the message that faith, love and hope can triumph over evil. It proclaims the conviction that one by one we can say no to hatred, persecution and prejudice. The story speaks of the power of love and encourages all that “One Person Can Make a Difference!” The event will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7pm at Seton High School (3901 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati 45205) in the Performance Hall. RSVP to The event is sponsored by the Holocaust and Humanities Education Center, Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Polish American Society of Greater Cincinnati, Bridges of Faith Trialogue, Brueggeman Center for Dialogue and Seton High School. For more information, contact Catholic Social Action at (513) 421-3131, ext. 2660 or


Check Out Our Current Respect Life and Social Justice Priority Issues!

Throughout the Archdiocese, the Catholic Social Action Office has organized ministries to respond to a variety of issues relating to Catholic Social Teaching.  These include abortion, the death penalty, immigration, the environment and more!  To learn more and download helpful resources, visit our Social Justice Priority Issues page!

 Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Interested in learning about the incredible work that CCHD does to defend human dignity in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati? Learn more. What did our CCHD contributions accomplish?  View a report of our dollars at work during the previous grant cycle!   Access resources here.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Social Action administers locally the CRS collection and Rice Bowl as well as organize an annual Fair Trade Sale, Global Solidarity Conference and more.  To learn more about CRS’ work around the globe, click here .  Also, check out our many CRS efforts in the Archdiocese.

Know Mercy. Show Mercy.

 The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy has officially concluded, but its work ever continues.  An amazing array of activities have taken place on the Archdiocesan and parish levels.  Click here   for a summary of how Catholic Social Action celebrated the Year of Mercy through increased efforts of charity and social justice.