Human Dignity and Solidarity

Our Mission

Amate = Love In Action

In 1984, Amate House was established in 1984 as a volunteer program for young adults by three seminarians from the Archdiocese of Chicago, along with other lay and religious men and women, with the objective of transformation through service. The Founders chose the name “Amate,” the Latin imperative “to love,” because they envisioned a program in which young adults would put “love into action,” and answer the call to holiness by providing support and service to fulfill the needs of the city and the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

In addition to a vocation of service, Amate House emphasizes the personal, professional and spiritual development of its Volunteers, encouraging growth into compassionate leaders for the church and world. The Amate House Mission Statement reads:

Amate House, the young adult volunteer program of the Archdiocese of Chicago, fosters the transformation of its Volunteers by providing experiences of full time service to people in need, community living, and faith formation. Amate House develops future leaders for the church and world who are committed to building a more just and loving society.