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 four (4) key social justice areas:
- Migration & Refugees
- Journeying with Youth
- Shelter and Housing
- Ending Racism
Migration & Refugees:
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. St. Peter Refugee Resettlement Ministry is led by 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 Bill Aheron, parishioner liaison with KBI. Individuals can order items from the KBI Amazon Wish List with Instructions to have them sent directly to KBI.
A Tu Lado - the mission of this partnership is to accompany recent Central American immigrants to Charlotte who are seeking asylum through the legal process. It will also connect the immigrants with agencies in the community that provide basic needs such as food, clothing and medical services. "A tu lado" means "By your side." Parish contact Mary Schilli
Education: to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods
Druid Hills Academy Partnership
Our Social Justice ministry has a continuing dialogue initiative with Our Lady of Consolation's Black Cultural Commission. Pastor Basile Sede of Our Lady of Consolation recently spoke on a pastoral approach to Cultural Diversity - link here.
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.
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...
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