Secretariat for Social Concerns

Our Mission

"Our faith calls us to work for justice: to serve those in need; to pursue peace; to defend life, dignity, and rights of all our sisters and brothers. This is the call of Jesus, the challenge of the prophets, and the living tradition of the Church" (A Century of Social Teaching, NCCB, 1991)

Secretariat for Social Concerns

Office Location:

St. Dominic Chancery

Maureen O’Connell, OP
Phone: 713-391-2614

Blanca Cruz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 713-741-8769

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative justice education. For more information , please click here.

Hurricane Laura Relief effort update

Please view this new memo from Bishop Sheltz regarding updates from the Diocese of Lake Charles about Hurricane Laura relief efforts for our neighbors in East Texas and Louisiana. A special Hurricane Laura relief resource page has been set up at This page will be updated

Faithful Citizenships

As we approach the upcoming mid-term elections, the Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.

Combatting Racism

We all need to take responsibility - Cardinal DiNardo