The grace of Christ, which brings our hope of salvation to fulfilment, leads us to cooperate with him in building an ever more just and fraternal world, a world in which every person and every creature can dwell in peace, in the harmony of God’s original creation. (Pope Francis)
The Archdiocese of San Antonio works to reach the most vulnerable, the poor, the marginalized, and those that do not have a voice or have been silenced. Through the work of the Secretariat for Mission, the Archdiocese of San Antonio promotes integral human development within a culture of welcoming and accompaniment, with a transformative commitment to solidarity that emerges from the encounter with Christ.
With that in mind, the work of the Secretariat for Mission in the fields of Life, Justice and Peace focuses on issues such as abortion and post-abortion healing, assisted suicide, the death penalty, human trafficking, homelessness, poverty, immigration, foster care, healthcare, religious freedom, and environmental justice, aiming to develop an authentic human ecology for the communities of San Antonio.
To build a culture of life, justice, and peace in our communities and beyond, the Archdiocese offers educational and formational lectures, information, and resources on the Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching. We assist in building and sustaining strategic leadership in parishes and with community partners through training, advocacy, prayer and service.
Events Advocating for Life, Justice and Peace
Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect. (Pope Francis)
Rooted in the reality that each person is created by God for relationship with Him and in community with others, the Archdiocese of San Antonio advocates for life, justice, and peace through the following initiatives:
• Prayer Vigil, Procession, and Mass for Life in January
• Respect for Life Month in October: Celebrate Respect Life Month at 1 of 3 Life-themed Masses.
• Advocacy Day in Austin,Texas
And many others!
Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that "the Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice." Let’s work for justice in our communities today!
Resources for Social Justice Programs and Ministries that can be Implemented in Parishes and Communities
The USCCB statement “We Are Salt and Light” offers a basic resource for pastors, parish leaders, and all Catholics seeking to strengthen the social ministry of their local community. The bishops’ reflection represents neither major new teaching nor a new national program. Rather, it brings together the principles of our social teaching and local pastoral experience in a framework for vibrant Catholic communities. Click here to learn more about how to implement the program.
Catholic Charities USA’s Parish Social Ministry Section offers a tool kit where you will find a collection of strategies and resources that have been developed by parish social ministry leaders from across the country. These strategies have been tested in parishes and dioceses across the country and are shared to help you build a unique ministry that responds to the needs of the time and place utilizing the gifts and interests of the parish.
You can also get involved locally in social ministries through Catholic Charities San Antonio. Visit their website and learn how you can serve the vulnerable in our communities through one of their many programs that reach out to those in need.
Get involved internationally! Consult the Catholic Relief Services website to learn more,
CST 101 is a collaborative video series between CRS and the USCCB that explores the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teaching.
Contact your neighborhood parish to learn more about the social justice ministries in your community. Click here to find a parish near you.
If you are a parish leader (volunteer or staff) and need assistance starting a social justice initiative or ministry in your parish, contact your Parish Life Liaison. For further assistance or questions, contact Ricardo Luzondo:
Dr. Ricardo Luzondo
Director, Office for Parish Life