Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 263-6691 – Andrew
Phone: (513) 263-6690 – Tammie
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Sara Seligmann – Regional Director
Catholic Social Action
1520 South Main Street
Dayton, OH 45409
Phone: (937) 281-4124
Becky Kunkler – Northern Area Coordinator
Catholic Social Action
119 E. Water Street
Sidney, OH 45365
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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.
Following the celebration of mass at St. Bernard in Spring Grove, we invite you to join a conversation connecting Catholic Social Teaching (utilizing the AOC program iVoteCatholic), our call to participate in the election process (utilizing the USCCB document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship), and how we can approach these divisive times with civility, clarity, and compassion (utilizing the program Civilize It). Mass and the event will be live-streamed via Zoom – feel free to join for mass at 9:30 a.m. or join us at 10:30 a.m. for the conversation.
9/22 Approaching the Election with Faith and Civility
Our times are divisive, and we – as Catholics – have an obligation to engage with our community and political process and to do so with a well-formed conscience, a spirit of compassion, and the skills to enter conversations with civility and peace. In partnership with Braver Angels, we will build skills to communicate with people who differ from the politically and explore how we can do so with our faith as our guide. Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, 9/22, at 7:00 p.m. for this highly interactive event. Please contact Becky Kunkler with any questions.
On 9/29 at 7:00 p.m., our director, Andrew, will participate in a panel discussion with the Diocese of Camden (NJ) on Civility and Voting our Consciences. Please check out the pdf for more information and instructions on how to register.
10/6 Faithful Citizenship
St John West Chester and the Social Action office are hosting a Faithful Citizenship presentation on Tues. 10/6 at 7:00 p.m. over Zoom. With another election cycle in full swing, we are faced with the challenges of living our faith, loving our neighbors, and being good citizens in a divisive political climate. This presentation will explain why Catholics must be engaged in the political process and provide guidance on how to do it faithfully and with civility. To register, please send an email to email@example.com by 10/1.
10/21 Faithful Citizenship and Civilize It
Our country is deeply divided, and we – as people of faith – are struggling to find ways to both live out our beliefs and find tools to heal the wounds.
On Wednesday, October 21, at 7:15 p.m., we invite to you come and learn some ways to accomplish these goals. The US bishops have published a document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which offers guidance on how we can live out our call to be engaged in our community, participate in the political process not from a partisan perspective but led by our faith, and thereby help build up the kingdom on earth. We’ll look at the tools we have to guide both the formation of our consciences and how we interact with our brothers and sisters with civility, clarity, and compassion. Link forthcoming.
10/4 Laudato Si’ Communities Recognition Event
On Sunday, October 4th – the Feast of St. Francis – at 2:00pm, the Care for Creation Task Force will recognize our third class of Laudato Si’ Communities. These parishes and schools have committed themselves to the care of God’s creation, and we will honor them for their hard work. Please join us via Zoom to join us in celebrating these communities and learn more about the program. Contact Andrew Musgrave with any questions.
In light of the deep divisions facing our country around racism and racial justice, it seems that one of the first and most important ways we can work towards healing is to listen. Hearing someone’s personal story can be a powerful antidote to the othering and prejudice that is so pervasive. To that end, the Archdiocesan Anti-Racism Task Force invites you to join us on Mon. 9/21 at 7:00 p.m. or Sun. 9/27 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom to hear the testimonials of two people – one a person of color and one white – about their experiences of racism. We’ll also take time to reflect and share our own experiences.
For this election season, we are offering a seven-week discernment toolkit for parishes, schools and families leading up to election day. We’ll delve into one of the themes of Catholic Social Teaching each week and help root you in a useful stance to sort out your questions and sift through the noise swirling around. We’ll explore how we can use the themes to form our consciences and determine for whom and what we will vote. This is not voting Democratic or Republican…this is voting Catholic!
This initiative will begin on September 13th but the website is available now.
Your Prayer Can Change the World
Now, more than ever, the world needs Christians united in prayer. What might happen if every Catholic in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati would pray just one minute more than they already do, every day, for the specific intention of peace, justice, and goodwill? There’s no better time to start this life-changing habit.
August 1 (Feast of St. Peter in Chains) through January 1 (World Day of Peace)
450K Catholics | 1 minute of Daily Prayer | 1 million Hours of Prayer
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.