The Social Action Office of the Diocese of Cleveland seeks to shape a more caring society and a more peaceful world through justice education, advocacy, community development and organizing. Our work is based on the call of the Gospel to work for the respect and dignity of all human life, the elimination of poverty, to speak out against injustice, and to promote the common good. The office is composed of County-based social action offices, and office for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services which includes the Council on Global Solidarity.
Congratulations to the Catholic Commission of Summit County Justice Award Recipients
The Appalachian Service Project Team, Named the 2014 Bishop William Cosgrove Justice Award Recipient
Bishop Anthony M. Pilla Leadership Award Recipients:
- Good Neighbors of Tallmadge
- Justice Akron Ministry (JAM) – Archbishop Hoban High School
- Labre Program – Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Green
Youth Justice Award Recipients:
- Te’Anna Hunt – Junior at Lake Center Christian School
- Joseph Paolucci – Senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
- Pádraigín O’Flynn – Senior at Our Lady of the Elms High School
NEWS & EVENTS
National Migration Week 2015 will take place January 4 – 10 with the theme, “We are One Family Under God,” which brings to mind the importance of family in our daily lives. This reminder is particularly important when dealing with the migration phenomenon, as family members are too often separated from one another. Please find below an assortment of resources that can help with your celebration of National Migration Week 2015…Read More
In the very beginning of Jesus’ life his parents fled with him to Egypt to escape persecution and find safety. “And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt. ” (Matthew 2:14) Today we can see this journey mirrored in the flights of many women who have fled Central America for the safety of the United States. Over the summer our government ramped up a program of family detention in response to the many women that were crossing our border from Central America with their young children. The Catholic Church and the US Bishops are fervently opposed to this change in policy and the use of prison like family detention facilities. Detaining women and children who are fleeing persecution and violence demeans the God-given human dignity of these vulnerable people that come seeking our protection. Join Catholics from across our country by sending a message to President Obama that you oppose any expansion to the family detention system and urge him to begin re-implementing effective community-based alternatives to detention.