|Catholic Social Teaching|
|Two Hands of Social Participation|
|Programs and Ministries|
|Mission Cooperative Plan|
The Office of Social Ministry promotes the Gospel message, Catholic Social Teaching and the Church’s social mission. Knowing that, “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the power of the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man”, the Office of Social Ministry affirms that the human person made in the image and likeness of God, and bestowed with inherent sacred dignity, is the foundation for a moral and just civilization.
What We Do:
The Office of Social Ministry provides educational and formational materials and resources on Catholic social teaching and serves as the designated Archdiocesan contact to local, national, and international Catholic organizations and institutions that have Catholic social teaching at the foundation of their mission. These offices and organizations include:
- U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops
- Catholic Campaign for Human Development
- Justice, Peace, and Human Development
- Catholic Relief Services
- Catholic Charities USA
- Justice for Immigrants
- National Catholic Rural Life Conference
- U.S. Catholic Partnership on Disabilities
- National Catholic Council on Addictions
- Society for the Propagation of the Faith
Programs Within the Archdiocese of Denver:
In addition to coordinating and promoting the national programs and organizations listed above within the Archdiocese, the Social Ministry office coordinates the Missionary Cooperative Plan, and supports and collaborates with the efforts of Rural Life Ministry, HIV/AIDS/Hep C Ministry, Recovery Outreach Ministry, Mental Health - St. Raphael Counseling, Parish Social Ministry - St. Vincent de Paul Society, and Prison Ministry. See Programs and Ministries for a more detailed description of these programs.
Did You Know:
"Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God's special love for the poor and called God's people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came "to bring glad tidings to the poor . . . liberty to captives . . . recovery of sight to the blind"(Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with "the least of these," the hungry and the stranger (cf. Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the vulnerable. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist." --- USCCB Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions.
“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.
~ C.S. Lewis