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.
NEWS & EVENTS
Catholic Leader Express Support for Smarter Sentencing
April 15, 2015 -WASHINGTON—Two pieces of legislation amount to a step in the right direction toward meaningful criminal justice reform, said the bishop who chairs the Domestic Justice and Human Development Committee of the U.S. bishops and the president-elect of Catholic Charities USA in two letters to the leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee, April 14. Read More
Bishop Cantu Urges House Support For International Religious Freedom
April 14, 2015 – WASHINGTON—Violent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land, Libya, Nigeria and Kenya exemplify why Congress should support a bill that would advance international religious freedom, said the bishop who chairs the International Justice and Peace Committee of the U.S. Bishops. Read More
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Center for Pastoral Leadership—Founders Room – 28700 Euclid Ave. Wickliffe, OH 44092 beginning at 6pm. This year the “Sower of Justice” Award is being renamed the “Bishop Pevec Sower of Justice” Award in honor and memory of Bishop A. Edward Pevec who helped found and was a long time supporter of the Catholic Commission of Lake & Geauga. Tickets are $35. The reservation deadline is Friday, May 15, 2015. Send reservations to: Catholic Commission, 28700 Euclid Ave. Wickliffe, OH 44092. To reserve a table or for further information on becoming a patron, advertiser, or silent auction donor, please call (440) 943-7612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Bob Wenz receives 2015 Michael Berken Peace & Justice Award
The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina Counties celebrated its 28th Annual Pope St. John Paul II Gala Dinner on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Medina. The event drew over 110 attendees to recall an inspiring year of faith-filled Catholic Social Teaching through efforts of justice, outreach, respect life and human dignity among the Wayne, Ashland and Medina parishes in collaboration with the Catholic Commission. The Commission welcomed its new Director, Jeff Campbell, who had served previously several years ago with the Catholic Action Commission of Lorain County. The Catholic Commission honored Father Bob Wenz with its 2015 Michael Berken Peace & Justice Award. Father Bob, retired Parochial Vicar of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish, Brunswick, challenged people daily to live the Gospel and led the way through his advocacy work. The Catholic Commission also honored Connie Ebaugh as the recipient of its 2015 Faithful Servant Award. Connie, a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Litchfield, has provided over 25 years of service to those in need through many ministries, including leading Medina County’s Catholic ministry to the incarcerated, and has led many others to do the same through her abundant generosity and joyful spirituality.
22nd Annual Mass of God’s Creation
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 5:30 PM Vigil Mass at Holy Martyrs Parish, Medina, Ohio – At the Mass of God’s Creation, all are invited to celebrate our diocese’s natural spaces, family farms, rural lands, parks and waters as essential expressions of God’s Creation in our lives and in our faith! Join in an opening procession for backyard gardeners, rural farmers, parish outreach gardeners, and nature stewards to carry forth (in a small container) your soil, seeds, plants, produce, water, etc., and place them before the altar. Partake in a blessing during Mass to share your blessed item at home, your work or your parish. Worship together as a regional Catholic family, from farms to cities, suburbs to rural communities. Help our diocese pray in anticipation of Pope Francis’s upcoming encyclical on the environment. You may bring a baked dish or finger foods to share at the neighborly reception after Mass.