Mission Department & Advocacy

The Mission Department of Catholic Charities engages parishes and the wider community with our programs and provides parishes and others with assistance and resources to do the works of charity and justice. Mission staff work with local schools, parishes, organizations and other non-profits to educate on community issues, and provide tools to strengthen each individual’s voice. We hold workshops on Catholic Social Teaching and current social issues. We organize refugee camp simulations with local schools to help young people better understand the challenges faced by millions worldwide on their quest to a new life in a new home.

The Mission Department also manages and awards local grants through Archdiocesan collections for Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Opportunities for Life. We manage the Prison and Re-Entry Ministry for the Archdicoese of Louisville, provding support to all who minister to the residents of prisons and jails.

“Catholic Charities is the engine of the church that organizes love.”
– Pope Francis

Catholic Charities of Louisville finds strength in solidarity and works in conjunction with the following organizations: Archdiocese of Louisville (ADOL) , United States Conference Catholic Bishops, (USCCB), Catholic Charities USA  (CCUSA)Catholic Relief Services (CRS)and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. These partners as well as many others offer resources that are helpful as we strive to carry out our mission rooted in Catholic Social Teaching.

CCHD & CRS Local Grants

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development funds projects that bring low-income people together to work for change in their communities. Catholic Relief Services is a humanitarian aid organization that assists the poor and disadvantaged outside the United States.

Catholic Charities of Louisville serves as the local coordinator of grants distributed by both CCHD and CRS. Visit the CCHD and CRS Local Grants page for more information.

Community Organizing

Catholic Charities is a supporting partner of Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together (CLOUT).

CLOUT engages congregations, including Catholic parishes, through advocacy to address issues that affect the community, such as affordable housing, substance abuse treatment, restorative justice and more.

Prison & Jail Ministry

I was in prison and you visited me . . . Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:36, 40)

Catholic Charities Prison, Jail and Reentry Ministry Mission statement: “To provide support to all who minister to the residents of prisons and jails by way of being a source of information, supportive communication and available resources and assisting with inmate reentry to the community.”

Goal: “Provide a consistent Catholic presence to residents of the prisons within Kentucky and the jails within the Archdiocese of Louisville and supporting successful reentry to the community.”

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National and International Campaigns

Campaign to Reduce Poverty
Nationally, 36.5 million people live in poverty, and Catholic Charities agencies serve more than 7.8 million people each year.  To help Catholic Charities reach its goal of reducing poverty by half by the year 2020, visit the Catholic Charities USA website at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org and endorse the Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America.

Days of Human Dignity #sharejourney
Pope Francis issued an invitation to “Share the Journey” with the millions of migrants around the world. In January 2018, the Archdiocese of Louisville responded to this call by launching an observance called “Days of Human Dignity”.

Justice for Immigrants
In 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network resolved to make comprehensive immigration reform, with special emphasis on legalization, a major public policy priority within the Church.

The result was a campaign entitled “Justice for Immigrants: A Journey of Hope.” The campaign is designed to unite and mobilize a growing network of Catholic institutions, individuals and other persons of good faith in support of a broad legalization program and comprehensive immigration reform.

Calling on the entire church and others of good will to serve those in need is fundamental to the mission of Catholic Charities. We strive to engage and educate through a variety of community and school activities, shedding light on the plight of others with the hope of sowing compassion.

Click below for more information on upcoming and ongoing education and outreach efforts.

Parish and Regional Trainings

Catholic Charities of Louisville seeks to engage and educate the community by providing:

  • Workshops on Catholic Social Teaching and current social issues such as  immigration and refugees.
  • Seminars on effective practices in charity and outreach for parish staffs and social concern committees.
  • Presentations for parishes and schools on the work of Catholic Charities and opportunities for involvement.

For more information, contact Lucio Caruso at lcaruso@archlou.org.

Refugee Simulations at Local Schools

Catholic Charities of Louisville organizes refugee camp simulations at local schools to help our young people better understand the challenges faced by millions of refugees worldwide.

This innovative project has received the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has called it a wonderful resource to help students “walk in the shoes of another.”

Teachers and school administrators interested in learning more about this curriculum should contact Lucio Caruso at lcaruso@archlou.org.

Click here to order a hard copy simulation guide!

Click here for a PDF simulation guide!

CRS Rice Bowl Luncheon

The Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Luncheon is the annual kick-off event to the CRS Rice Bowl collection, the annual fundraiser that takes place throughout the Lenten season. CRS is the U.S. church’s international counterpart to the domestic Catholic Charities agencies.

Contact Mark Bouchard, parish engagement coordinator, at mbouchard@archlou.org for more information about the Archdiocese of Louisville’s annual CRS Rice Bowl initiative.

Register for the 2019 Rice Bowl Luncheon here

Catholic Charities info series is currently being revamped. Catholic Charities offers a wide variety of programming that this info series will categorize and present in a way to clue you in on what’s happening in the community.

Upcoming info sessions:
Wednesday, May 27 – 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17 – 8:00 a.m.

Click here to RSVP