The Office of Social Ministry provides educational and formational lectures, 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 Campaign for Human Development
- CCHD – Poverty USA
- Catholic Charities USA
- Catholic Relief Services
- Catholic Jail & Prison Ministry
- Catholic Deaf Community
- Colorado Catholic Conference
- Ethnic Catholic Communities
- Mental Health & Addictions Counseling
- Migration and Refugees
- National Catholic Partnership on Disability
- National Catholic Rural Life Conference
- Parish Social Ministry: St. Vincent de Paul Society
- Society for the Propagation of the Faith
- Special Religious Education
- Stewardship of Creation – Nature & Environment: Creatio
- USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development
Official Website: www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development
The Department of Justice Peace and Human Development (JPHD) of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) creates and distributes resources to increase awareness of Catholic social teaching and of opportunities to concretely live our Baptismal call to love God and neighbor.
Official Website: www.onefamilyinmission.org
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, one of the four Pontifical Mission Societies, seeks prayer, sacrifice, and financial support while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in missionary work now in over 1,150 (arch)dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and remote regions of Latin America. Help is offered for pastoral and evangelizing programs, faith formation, for catechists and catechetical work, to build churches and chapels, for the works of Religious communities in health care and education, and for communication and transportation needs.
- Mission Appeals: The Office of Social Ministry, under the direction of the Archbishop’s Office, coordinates the annual Missionary Cooperative Plan in the archdiocese under the auspices of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.
- Missionaries: The Social Ministry staff is available to refer Catholic lay people to international and local missionary organizations.
Deacon Hal Goodwire coordinates the Catholic Jail & Prison Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver providing spiritual support to inmates. The ministry seeks additional volunteers who are 21 years of age, a practicing Catholic, and able to pass a background check. For more information, go to the Catholic Jail/Prison Ministry page.
Official Website: www.usccb.org/cchd
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to correct the core causes of poverty in the United States through the promotion and support of community-controlled organizations and through educational efforts. CCHD invests in the dignity of people living in poverty. Programs funded by CCHD support self-sufficiency and self-determination for people who are working to bring permanent and positive change to their communities.
Official Website: povertyusa.org
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has a two-fold mandate: (1) To help low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, their families, and communities. (2) To provide education and promote understanding about poverty and its root causes. This dual strategy of helping people who are poor speak and act for themselves and education for economic justice reflects the mandate of the Scriptures and the principles of Catholic social teaching.
Official Website: crs.org
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas disaster and emergency relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CRS was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops in response to the devastation of World War II. Its mission is to sustain human life and human dignity, alleviate global human suffering, promote the development of all people, and to foster charity and peace. Working through regional offices, CRS operates in over 100 countries. In 2018, CRS is celebrating its 75th Anniversary.
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.
The Office of Special Religious Education and Pastoral Care with Persons with Developmental Disabilities provides parish-based religious education programs, tutoring in parishes not hosting specific programs, home visits, and the provision of resources to families, as needed. Liturgy and Sacraments are celebrated in all programs. For more information, visit the Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries.
The National Catholic Rural Life Conference was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. The organization is comprised of dedicated bishops, laity and religious who are joined in a common effort to serve the rural church, rural people and their communities.
Official website: www.usccb/mrs
Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, the Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking. Also view the information at justiceforimmigrants.org. For local services, visit Catholic Charities Denver at ccdenver.org/immigration-services/.
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.
The Office of Social Ministry serves as the liaison between the Archdiocese of Denver and various ethnic Catholic communities within the archdiocese, including:
- The Ancient Order of Hiberians is a Catholic Irish American Fraternal Organization founded in New York City in 1836. The Order can trace its roots back to a parent organization, of the same name, which has existed in Ireland for over 300 years. Active across the United States, The Order seeks to aid newly arrived Irish immigrants. For more information on the two Denver divisions, visit the website milehiberians.com.
- The St. Kateri Catholic Community. Begun in the archdiocese in the 1970s, the St. Kateri Takakwitha Community is a Native American group that welcomes all visitors to its Masses and social events which incorporate American Indian traditions. Over 16 tribes are currently represented. In addition to religious education, sacrament preparation, adult Bible study, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and social events, the community meets Sundays for 12 noon Mass at St. Bernadette parish in Lakewood. For more information, please visit the St. Kateri Community page.
- The Korean Catholic Community. (website: www.kcclawrence.org) With well over 200 Korean families in the Denver area, the Korean community finds parish life and worship available at St. Lawrence Parish in Aurora. Pastoral care and religious programs are provided in Korean. For Information on St. Lawrence’s Korean services, please contact: St. Lawrence Korean Catholic Church, 4310 South Pitkin Street, Aurora, CO 80015-1974. Phone: (303)617-8265
- The Hmong Community. (website: AllSaintscatholicparish.org) The Hmong Community consists of refugees from the mountains of Laos and Vietnam. Many Hmong immigrated to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam conflict. Pastoral care, worship and religious education are available. For information on the Hmong Community’s services, please contact: All Saints Catholic Church, 2559 South Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80219. Phone: (303)922-3758
- The Vietnamese Catholic Community. (website:www.giaoxudenver.org) Over 1200 families participate in the life of the Queen of Vietnamese Martyr’s parish in Wheat Ridge. Mass and programs are available in Vietnamese. Community gatherings are held after the Sunday Mass; lunch is provided. For more information on Vietnamese services, please contact: Queen of Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church, 4655 Harlan, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Phone: (303)431-0382
The Colorado Catholic Deaf Community is a ministry located at St. Bernadette Parish, 7240 W 12th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80214. Pastoral care and religious education programs are designed to meet the needs of the deaf community. Signed and interpreted Masses are held on Sundays at St. Bernadette parish (10 AM) and at St Thomas More parish in Centennial (12:30 PM). Interpreters can be requested for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. For more information, visit stbernadettelakewood.org/ccdc.
Official Website: creatio.org
Creatio members are volunteers, professionals, and friends working to address environmental and human issues on a deeper level. Our goal is to facilitate an active transformation of ourselves and others, as well as the environment.
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.
Official website: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the domestic direct service and human development agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CCUSA assists the poor and vulnerable within the United States. Within the archdiocese, Catholic Charities helps to reduce poverty, support families, and empower communities. To contribute you time, talents or treasure locally, please visit Catholic Charities of Denver.
Official Website: www.cocatholicconference.org
The Colorado Catholic Conference, a united voice of the three Catholic dioceses, speaks on public policy issues. Basing its mission on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as particularly expressed in Catholic social teaching and the consistent life ethic, the Conference acts cooperatively in order to insure a dignified and productive life for people of all ages and ethnic groups.