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.
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. This will include parish-wide programs for education, action and advocacy. Sign Up here for small study groups during this Lent on Laudato Si' - caring for our common home.
The Annual Kennedy Lecture at St. Peter featured author, moral theologian and social activist, Jesuit Father Thomas Massaro of Fordham University on Saturday, January 25th. Video and outline of lecture on Kennedy Lecture page.
Journeying with Youth: to assist in educational and career opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods
Druid Hills Academy Partnership Teacher Supply Drive January 11 through February 2
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
Urban Ministry Center
Migration & 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. #RefugeesWelcome
More Information at this link
IN THE NEWS (from Ignatian Solidarity Network):
- Trump administration considers travel bans on up to seven more countries [Catholic News Agency]
- Trump's new executive order is making refugee resettlement more difficult [American Magazine]
- Federal judge temporarily halts Trump administration policy allowing local governments to block refugees [Washington Post]
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.
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 and VIDEO link to Prayer for an End to Racism in Our Communities
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