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; Food, Shelter & Housing; Journeying with Youth; and Ending Racism.
In their 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 and VIDEO link to Prayer for an End to Racism in Our Communities
Care for Our Common Home & all Creation (link): Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year
Responding to Pope Francis' call to an integral ecology, St Peter Catholic Church in Charlotte joins the Jesuits worldwide in confronting the degradation of our environment and living conditions, especially effecting the poor. During Lent this year, we have invited small groups to study Pope's letter "Laudato Si'" The parish Care for Creation committee plans programs for all ages that foster a spiritual and practical response to our connection to God's creation. See the Video "Home" from World Earth Day 2020 https://youtu.be/9M9KotK1gYM Pope Francis' message here Read Article
Migration & Refugees:
Summer Book Study
The Migration Refugee Committee is offering a three-week virtual book study Thursday evenings at 7:30-8:30 pm, June 11th through June 25th. We will read and discuss Dying to Live: Stories on the Road to Freedom, a new book co-published by Jesuit Refugee Service that gives the very personal stories of people who have been forced to flee their home and see a better life. Dr. Sarah Griffith will join us for the last session to answer questions and offer concluding remarks. Dr Griffith is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Queens University in Charlotte. She teaches courses in mid to late-19th and 20th-century United States history with specializations in comparative race and ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and Pacific Rim transnationalisms. In addition to her contributions to the Department of History, Dr. Griffith also offers courses on contemporary refugee crises, migration, and resettlement as part of the Queens’ general education program. Off campus, Dr. Griffith recently served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency and the Board of Directors for the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice.
After you have signed up, a zoom link will be sent to you.
A beautiful companion piece that provides meditation and prayer with refugee stories is Blessed are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children by Scott Rose and Leo J. O'Donovan, SJ. (available at Amazon)
Click here to see a SHORT VIDEO about "Why It's Important to Advocate for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees?"
- Catholics are called to stand with immigrants and refugees as our brothers and sisters. This is who the Catholic Church is. This is what we as Catholics do. This is pro-family, pro-life.
- Pope Francis invites us to be part of a culture of encounter as we welcome, protect, integrate, and promote immigrants and refugees in our midst.
- Immigration is about real people who are trying to find a better life and a new beginning. It’s about more than statistics, it’s about families. As Pope Francis stated, “Each migrant has a name, a face and a story.”
- Welcoming immigrants is part of Catholic Social Teaching and reflects the Biblical tradition to welcome the stranger.
- The Catholic Church has been welcoming immigrants and refugees to the United States since the nation’s founding and has been integral to helping them integrate into American culture.
There are currently more than 70 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to political instability, violence, and other reasons. We must continue to stand in solidarity with our refugee and migrant brothers and sisters.
See more at www.justiceforimmigrants.org
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. KBI in Nogales, Mexico and Arizona. See this link for the presentation from parishioner Bill Aheron about the St Peter - KBI immersion trip. Want to help? Individuals can order items from the
KBI Amazon Wish List with Instructions to have them sent directly to KBI's new center.
Food, Shelter & Housing: Read the latest report on Housing in Mecklenburg County
Homeless Relief Ministry now collecting furniture & homewares
Loaves & Fishes Uptown- food pantry
Men's Shelter N. Tryon
Room in the Inn Tuesdays - December through March in St Peter Biss Hall
Men's Shelter N. Tryon & Urban Ministry Center Now joined as "Roof Above"
Day of Service
Journeying with Youth: to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods
Druid Hills Academy Partnership
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