Social Concerns

The Office of Social Concerns supports programs and activities of the Archdiocese of Washington that promote an understanding of Catholic Social Teaching, foster the social mission of the Church and work for the common good. The work of the office includes the Office of Missions, which promotes the missionary spirit in the hearts and minds of the People of God.

Community Food Security Program Grant

The Office of Social Concerns announces the opportunity for all parish based food pantries and parish schools seeking assistance in food security for families and community members to apply for grant funding through the newly formed Community Food Security Program. Click here to download the application form. Please contact the Office of Social Concerns with any questions.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Grant

The Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns invites applications for a local grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, which is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. These grants, implemented in collaboration with local dioceses, are supported from an annual collection in U.S. Catholic parishes. Information on upcoming deadlines will be posted as it becomes available.

Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

Learn more about Pope Francis’ Latest Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti and download the Archdiocese Of Washington’s Study Guide for small group, individual, or Parish reflection.

The Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Each theme of Catholic Social Teaching influences and guides the work of the office alongside Catholic moral teaching. Learn more about each of these themes:

Questions? For more information contact the Office of Social Concerns.