Social Justice Commission

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these
least brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40

Diocese of Rapid City

Based on the biblical and theological foundations of Catholic social teaching, the Commission will advance through education, prayer, and advocacy the social ministry of the Catholic Church (cf., Part Three, Chapter Two, Article 3 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church).  The Commission’s agenda begins with promoting respect for all human life from conception to natural death.  It also includes a broad index of issues including advocacy on behalf of the poor for economic justice, the promotion of the common good in society and the world, and good stewardship of God’s creation.  The Commission will develop a hands-on approach for communicating social justice issues to the Catholic laity of the diocese.  It will encourage the discussion of critical public issues so as to raise the consciousness of the Catholic community.  The focus of activities will include a public information and education effort, a public policy effort directed at promoting and protecting the dignity of human life and pastoral/spiritual care for all people.

Social Justice Commission:
President: Mary Helen Olsen
Vice-President: Jim Van Loan
Secretary/Treasurer: Marie Broz
Ex officio representative: Jill Sowers-Legner, Director, Family Life Ministries