Living Justice Advocate

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Peter WeissPeter Weiss
Living Justice Advocate/Program Manager

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Catholic Charities
Bona Hall
P.O. Box 23825
1825 Riverside Drive
Green Bay, WI 54305

The Office of Living Justice promotes the social justice agendae of the Holy See, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Wisconsin Catholic Conference

The Office of Living Justice works hand-in-hand with the local Church so that during the 21st century the seven themes of Catholic social teaching will come alive. These themes are:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Participation, and Community
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation

Laudato-Si-graphicPope Francis' Encyclical: Laudato Si' | On Care for Our Common Home

Pope Francis released his encyclical, Laudato Si' ("On Care for Our Common Home") on June 18, 2015. The encyclical discusses human ecology and Catholic social teaching on the theme of Care for God's Creation. The full text of Laudato Si' is available on the Vatican website.

Full Text of Laudato Si'

Laudato Si' Text

Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action on the Theme of Care for God's Creation

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Bulletin Insert for Laudato Si'

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Discussion Guide for Laudato Si'

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Readers' Guide for Laudato Si'

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Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

The Defense and Promotion of MarriageOn June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court issued a decision on two questions: (1) whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to two persons of the same sex and (2) whether it requires a state to recognize a "marriage" between two people of the same sex when their "marriage" was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared several resources to give additional context before the Court's decision and to encourage continued education and prayer.

Memo: Preparation for Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

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Backgrounder on the Cases

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Open Letter: "Defense of Marriage and Right of Religious Freedom: Reaffirming a Shared Witness"

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Lead Messages on Marriage Redefinition | One Man, One Woman, for Life

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Nationwide Bulletin Insert: Marriage and the Supreme Court

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Homily-help Bullet Points in Anticipation of Supreme Court Marriage Decision

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National Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking

St Josephine BakhitaIn his 2015 Message for the World Day of Peace (January 1), Pope Francis urges us to recognize the "equal dignity" of our enslaved and exploited brothers and sisters and to work to end human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, slave labor, and the enslavement of women and children.

February 8th is the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery. Once she was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.

Catholics are invited to pray for the emotional, physical, and spiritual healing, and personally commit to work against human trafficking and can the following resources:

Suggested Mass Intercessions

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Become a Shepherd Toolkit | Resources from USCCB


2015 World Day of Peace Message


2015 World Day of Peace Message | Jornada Mundial de la Paz

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World Day of Peace Message in Several Languages


More Information on World Day of Peace from USCCB



Parishes: Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive

HolyEngagedAliveLogoSpecial website helps parishes fully implement Bishop David Ricken's pastoral letter and its six pastoral focus areas. Includes:

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