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. Click "Get Involved" on the main menu for current programs and opportunities.
St. Peter focuses on five (5) key social justice areas:
1) Food, Shelter & Housing;
2) Ending Racism
3) Care for Creation & Our Common Home
4) Migration & Refugees
5) Journeying with Youth.
Contemplation and Political Action: An Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement
The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States reflects on our Gospel call to promote the common good in the public square.
Download the PDF Here
Food, Shelter & Housing:
- Roof Above: See this page's Food Section to learn about bagged lunches program
Men's Shelter N. Tryon & Urban Ministry Center are now joined as "Roof Above"
- New volunteer need for 175 lunches! See this document
- Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region>>
- Homeless Relief Ministry>> collecting furniture & homewares
- Loaves & Fishes Uptown- food pantry>>
See full page here>>
Kennedy Lectures at St Peter Catholic Church on racial justice:
VIDEO of Bishop George Murry, SJ at St. Peter 2018 Kennedy Lecture "The Times demand it, the Gospel demands it: Confronting the Sins of Racism" (Bishop Murry died on June 5, 2020 of leukemia-May he rest in peace).
VIDEO of Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ at St Peter 2017 Kennedy Lecture on kinship
Care for all Creation:
See full page here>>
Pope Francis asks, “What kind of world do we want to leave those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
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. The parish Care for Creation committee invites you a journey for all ages that fosters a spiritual and practical response to our connection to God's creation.
See our blog
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.
- "Why It's Important to Advocate for Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees?"Click here to see a SHORT VIDEO
SHARE THE STORY – Check out We Don’t Walk Alone – a storytelling exhibit from JRS/USA - or listen to this testimony from Dying to Live: Stories from Refugees on the Road to Freedom.
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>>.
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.
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>>