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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 Prison Ministry activities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The office moderates the Archdiocesan Commission for Persons with Disabilities and responds to emerging weather crises. The office also seeks funding for Catholic Charities’ poverty programs and is involved in legislative advocacy.

For a video from the Clarion Herald titled “Washing of the Feet”

Click here for a flyer “Standing For Life: Our Catholic Faith and the Death Penalty” 

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 18 and 19, 2023, in all parishes in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. 

This year, the campaign will support:

CCHD celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 14-15, 2021, when 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.

To learn about our work with the Farm Bill click here.

To learn about our work with the Climate Change Campaign 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

To learn more from our 2021 symposium watch here.

To learn more from previous symposia in 2017, watch here.

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