Built on the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the Office for Peace & Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago prayerfully engages the Catholic community in justice as a unitive force in the Church and the world. Our vision invites all Catholics to build strong relationships and work collectively in their parishes, communities, and the world to advance Christ’s love through social and systemic change.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the official anti-poverty program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that works through community-controlled self-help organizations to eradicate poverty and help educate Catholics about the conditions and causes of poverty.
Justice Education involves educating Chicago Catholics to become actively engaged with Catholic Social Teaching as an essential element of our faith. Justice Education includes two primary programs: Organizing Catholics for Justice and JustFaith. Justice Education is also woven into every aspect of the Office for Peace and Justice's programs.