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Office of Justice and Peace

The Office of Justice and Peace promotes Catholic social teaching to Catholic Charities’ programs and the wider Catholic community. This office coordinates the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Parish Social Ministry, and JustFaith activities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The office also seeks funding for Catholic Charities’ poverty programs and is involved in legislative advocacy.

Catholic Campaign For Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) works to end poverty in the Archdiocese of New Orleans by supporting community organizations that address the root causes of poverty. The CCHD was founded in 1969 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to Pope Paul VI’s call to support the “development of peoples.”

The second collection to support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development will be on November 20 and 21, 2021 in all parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

This year, the campaign will support Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, a community land trust and housing rights organization committed to creating sustainable, democratic and economically just neighborhoods and communities in New Orleans.

Listen to this year’s CCHD PSA.

CCHD on Catholic Community Radio

CCHD celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 14-15, 2021, where Together New Orleans, one of the funded organizations, released its new video, which can be found here.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion, or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding. For more information visit www.crs.org or www.crsespanol.org and follow Catholic Relief Services on social media in English at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube; and in Spanish at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

CRS also organizes U.S. citizens to advocate for international campaigns. CRS promoted and advocated for the Global Thrive Child Act which passed in December 2020. To learn more about the Global Child Thrive Act, click here.

The Office of Justice and Peace facilitates the CRS Rice Bowl collection, which helps feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and bring shelter to the homeless around the world.

Community Engagement

The Office of Justice and Peace also sponsors a Community Engagement component with funding from the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. Our office engages over 200 people a year—high school and college students, lay and clerical members of the Church, the formerly incarcerated, among others—in voter registration drives, getting out the vote, advocacy for legislative issues related to Catholic social teaching, and other types of systemic reform. This is all accomplished through our collaboration with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The Community Engagement component of the Office of Justice and Peace also sponsors an Annual Symposium for Systemic Change in collaboration with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The first Symposium was held in 2009. The Symposium brings together members of the Church, Vincentians, the formerly incarcerated, high school and college students, and members of the Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections. Our 2022 Symposium is scheduled for January 17-21. By hosting the Symposium in mid-January, we aspire to carry forward the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to create a more just and equitable society. The 2022 Symposium is planned to be a hybrid in-person/virtual event.

To learn more from previous symposia, watch here.

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