Social Action in the Diocese of Cleveland from 1969
Housing. Economic Justice. Racial harmony. Peace. Human Dignity. Hunger. Homelessness. Poverty. Many of the social justice concerns of today are not different than those of 45 years ago, when, in 1969, under the direction of Bishop Clarence G. Issenman, Bishop of Cleveland, Auxiliary Bishop William Cosgrove established the Commission on Catholic Community Action (CCCA) with a dedicated group of laity and religious.
The Commission, as the official social action arm of the Diocese of Cleveland was charged, out of a Gospel context, to provide education/ formation, organizing and advocacy in order to promote the common good by engaging the Catholic community and others of good will in actions that result in social change.
In 1972, Bishop Cosgrove appointed the first members of the Akron Catholic Commission. Both the CCCA and the Akron Catholic Commission were formed in response to the Second Vatican Council and the documents of the Council, particularly Gaudium Et Spes.
During the late 1980’s, under the leadership of Bishop Anthony M. Pilla and Fr. Walter J. Jenne, Director of Catholic Charities, social action offices were opened in Wooster (covering Wayne, Ashland and Medina), Lorain (covering Lorain County) and Lake County (convering Lake and Geauga Counties).
In 1989, Diocesan Social Action was formed to serve as the administrative/management arm of the five Catholic Commissions.
Read more about the history of social action in the diocese.