Justice and Outreach

In the spirit and tradition of St. Ignatius, we live out our faith through justice and reconciliation. Members of St Peter serve our sisters and brothers of greater Charlotte who live on the margins, are forgotten or under served.  God encourages us with discerning hearts to find how we can use our talents to share justice and His love with others.

St. Peter focuses on five (5) key social justice areas: Care for Our Environment, Migration & Refugees, Shelter & Housing, Journeying with Youth and Ending Racism. 

Caring for Our Environment:  Responding to Pope Francis' call to care for creation, we join the Jesuits worldwide in confronting the degradation of our environment and living conditions.  Our newest initiative as a parish is Care For Creation 

Visit this RESOURCE PAGE for more information. 

The Annual Kennedy Lecture at St. Peter will feature author, moral theologian and social activist, Jesuit Father Thomas Massaro of Fordham University on Saturday, January 25 from 9:00 - 11:30 AM in the church.

Migration & Refugees:       click on picture to see story.

See what the Jesuits are saying.... http://jesuitmigrantsolidarity.org/

What's Happening There (at the Border)?      What's Happening Here? How to help Charlotte Refugees and Migrants?
Initiatives that support the advocacy, education and direct service of migrants and refugees:  We work with Jesuit led organizations such as Kino Border Initiative and Jesuit Refugee Service, and locally with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement service. 
     Refugee Resettlement - Catholic Charities Refugee services. Volunteer opportunities link.   St.Peter liaison Martha Schmitt.
     Kino Border Initiative - Humanitarian aid, education and advocacy at the Arizona/Mexico border.  For the 3rd year, a group from St Peter visited the KBI in Nogales,Mexico and Arizona. See this link for the presentation from parishioner Bill Aheron,liaison with KBI. Individuals can order items from the
KBI Amazon Wish List with Instructions to have them sent directly to KBI.

Food, Shelter & Housing:

     Habitat Ministry We are building starting September 14!  Habitat video    
     Homeless Relief Ministry

     Loaves & Fishes Uptown- food pantry
     Men's Shelter N. Tryon   
     Room in the Inn   
     Urban Ministry Center       

Read the latest report on Housing in Mecklenburg County

Journeying with Youth:  to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods    
 Druid Hills Academy Partnership

Ending Racism:

Our Social Justice ministry has a continuing dialogue initiative with Our Lady of Consolation's Black Cultural Commission.

In their new pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic bishops of the United States invite conversion of hearts, minds, and institutions in order to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities. 
Please open these resources:  Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, USCCB Issues and action.

Seasonal Outreach:  
Angel Tree   
Day of Service

The Social Justice Ministry:
is a faith-centered group which meets monthly to pray, study, plan and act.  Our work is based on Catholic Social Teachings. Our current priorities are Improving Race Relations; Informing ourselves and the members of the parish on The Affordable Housing Crisis in Charlotte; and assisting Father John with Letter Writing Campaigns.

For more information contact Barbara Dellinger

We encourage you to engage in faith-filled service. The lessons we teach our children are through what we do as well as what we say...
Volunteer opportunities link