In addition to providing grants that support low-income communities in their efforts to confront the injustices that affect them, CCHD seeks to provide education and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes. This dual strategy of investment in local, low-income communities and education for justice reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. These are just a few of the ways that parishes and individuals can encounter, learn, and take action around issues of poverty and injustice.
Staff can work with you to design a presentation or activity for your parish group, school, or religious education class. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
Charity vs. justice or social analysis
Specific justice issues like immigration, workers rights, restorative justice, mass incarceration, senior and disability advocacy, affordable housing, poverty, or economic justice
Community organizing & leadership development
In partnership with the USCCB, the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity sponsors an annual academic year internship for any local Catholic with an interest in social justice and Catholic Social Teaching.
This part-time intern (15-20 hours per week) will assist staff in promoting CCHD within the Archdiocese of Chicago. Tasks may vary, but will include:
Marketing and promotion to maximize funds raised during the annual collection
Evaluation of grant proposals and relationship-building with funded groups
Outreach and education to Catholic schools and parishes around poverty issues and CST
Interns will work from the Cardinal Meyer Pastoral Center (3525 South Lake Park Avenue) and be compensated at a rate of $14/hour.
2020-2021 Theme: Rebuilding Together at the Margins
The Creating on the Margins art contest is a tool for schools and parishes to engage young people in grades 7 – 12 in learning about root causes of poverty in the US and faith-inspired efforts to address them.
Top pieces will then be sent to the USCCB for national judging. Staff is available to develop resources, facilitate dialogues, or make presentations on racism and other social justice topics for school or parish groups. Questions can be directed to Sr. Julia Walsh, CCHD Intern, at 312.534.8057 or [email protected].
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Journey to Justice is a day-long retreat that facilitates an experience of encounter with persons living in poverty and helps participants grow in understanding of the root causes of poverty in their community and reflect on how the Gospel challenges us to respond.
Staff are available to help facilitate the retreat or arrange immersion experiences.
- Poverty USA: CCHD’s bilingual companion website with information about poverty and faith-based efforts to address it
- Ending Poverty in Community (EPIC): This toolkit for young advocates is an interactive, interdisciplinary curriculum for youth ministry programs and high school classrooms.
- Two Feet of Love in Action: Lesson plans and other tools that explore two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God's love: social justice and charitable works.
Show Us Your Face Prayer (Bilingual)