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 by promoting and supporting community-controlled, self-help organizations, and through transformative justice education. For more information, please click here.

Poverty & The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

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Poverty USA is an initiative of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and was created as an educational resource to help individuals and communities to address poverty in America by confronting the root causes of economic injustice—and promoting policies that help to break the cycle of poverty.

The domestic anti-poverty program of the US Catholic Bishops, CCHD helps low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities—and nurtures solidarity between people living in poverty and their neighbors.

Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston partners with Harris County to administer financial assistance

Harris County has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to serve as the administrator for $40 million in emergency financial assistance to help Harris County residents who are experiencing financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 Citizenship

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.