The Office of Pastoral Outreach promotes the Gospel message, the Works of Mercy, Catholic Social Teaching and the Church’s social mission. The Creed says of Jesus: “For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.” The Church sees in every person, the living image of God himself. We affirm that the inherent sacred dignity of the human person, who is made in the image and likeness of God and redeemed by Christ, is the foundation for a moral and just vision for society.
Office of Pastoral Outreach
Programs & Ministries
The Office of Pastoral Outreach provides information and resources on the Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching, and serves as the designated contact for the Archdiocese of Denver to local, national, and international Catholic institutions that personify the Church’s social teaching in their organizational mission. These offices and organizations include:
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver
To speak to someone about direct emergency assistance services, homeless shelters, women services, immigration, mental health and addiction counseling, and family, senior and kinship care referral, please contact Catholic Charities directly. Visit the website ccdenver.org or call the main line at 303-742-0828 for more information.
National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities
Rooted in Gospel values that affirm the dignity of every person, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) works collaboratively to ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the life of the Church and society.
Parish Social Ministry: St. Vincent de Paul Society
Office website: www.svdpden.org
The Denver Metro Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has over 30 conferences or chapters located throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Most of the conferences are located in parishes and provide a variety of goods, services, and programs to those in need.
Mental Health & Addictions Ministry
Website: St Raphael Counseling
Life can present difficult challenges and also present inherited (congenital) behavioral complications. Catholic Counseling understands the psychological profession as a vocation (ministry) and offers services framed within the Catholic understanding of the client as made in the image of God, with inherent dignity, loved and redeemed by God, through Jesus Christ. For more information or to arrange to speak with a licensed professional counselor, contact St. Rafael Counseling at 720-377-1359.
Stewardship of Creation – Nature & Environment: Creatio
Official Website: creatio.org
Creatio members are volunteers, professionals, and friends working to address environmental and human issues on a deeper level. The goal is to facilitate an active transformation of ourselves and others, as well as the environment.
National Service Organizations
In addition to collaborating with various ministries operating with the Archdiocese of Denver, the Office of Pastoral Outreach works as a liaison to national service organizations of the Catholic Church such as the USCCB, CRS, and the Pontifical Mission Societies. Learn more about these organizations below!