Promoting Human Dignity and Social Responsibility


We join our faith communities and Catholic parishes in bringing much needed healing, reconciliation and services to our city. This collaboration brings together our different gifts, talents, cultures, languages & resources to enrich our faith & the lives of everyone.

  • 30-40 parishes and Archdiocesan staff will engage in an annual Peace & Justice Commission intercultural dialogue forum in December 2016.
  • 75%-80% of parishes have developed a plan and calendar of events with a sister parish that is ethnically, socially, and/or economically different from their own by December 2017. 

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Core Offices and Programs


Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 124,000 people annually through more than 100 programs at 50 sites. Catholic Charities serves 11 counties in the St. Louis metropolitan area.


Office of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs

Rooted in the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenical unity and interreligious engagement, our office reaches out to Christians and to peoples of other religious traditions and people of good will to promote greater understanding, respect, dialogue and friendship.


Office of Hispanic Ministry

Together with the Hispanic Pastoral Leaders Group and in collaboration with other archdiocesan offices, the office provides pastoral services to Hispanic Catholics across the archdiocese in order to integrate the Hispanic community into the life of the Church.


Mission Office

The Mission Office of the Archdiocese of St. Louis is the official agency entrusted with the promotion of world missionary education, awareness, and support. We are the official agency of the four Pontifical Mission Societies, as well as our own Archdiocesan missionary initiatives through the Latin America Apostolate and Pan y Amor.


Peace and Justice Commission

Answering the command of Jesus Christ, we respond to systemic injustice by building a more just community that strengthens the family and promotes human dignity for the common good in accord with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.


St. Charles Lwanga Center

The mission of the St. Charles Lwanga Center is to promote Christian spiritual formation and leadership development within the African American Catholic Community and for all who collaborate with the Center, in accord with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in the tradition of the Catholic Church.


Society of Saint Vincent De Paul 

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic volunteer organization dedicated to helping all people in need, regardless of faith. In doing this work, we enrich our lives spiritually.


Respect Life Apostolate  

The Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) promotes the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology.

Contact Information

Javier Orozco, OFS, PhD Theresa Ruzicka
Executive Director President
Intercultural and Interreligious Affairs Catholic Charities of St. Louis
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