Social Justice and Life

The Social Justice and Life office serves to inform, educate and invite parishes and individuals in the diocese of Erie on matters of social justice and a consistent ethic of life. Informing through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching as cultivated through the voices of our Pope, bishops, and lay leaders, we invite all persons of faith to consider becoming involved in the local, national or international community.

We appreciate your patience during this time of exciting transition. Please come back and visit us soon to learn more about this ministry!

It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the Church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an
opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the
master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

-Traditionally inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero


Down Syndrome is a Life Worth Living

Legislation has been introduced amending the Abortion Control Act to prohibit the abortion of any child solely due to a prenatal diagnosis of possible Down Syndrome.

Learn how you can help make this life saving legislation a reality.

2nd Anniversary of Laudato Si

In his groundbreaking encyclical “Laudato Si: Care for our Common Home,” Pope Francis pleas with all of humanity to care for our planet and its inhabitants. 

Laudato Si Resources

Death Penalty

With recent national attention focusing on the execution of four individuals in Arkansas, the debate on the death penalty has been reignited in America.

Teaching of the Catholic Church on the death penalty

Religious Persecution in the Middle East

Over the past three years, The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has grown dramatically in territorial control and has completely destabilized the countries of Iraq and Syria.

Crisis for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East

Other resources

Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty

Protecting Conscience

Religious Liberty: The Most Cherished of American Freedoms

Our First, Most Cherished Liberty

Religious Freedom: Prayer and Action

Faithful Citizenship

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Roe v. Wade

Abortion and Catholic social teaching

Life matters: Abortion

Legislator Contact Info


Catholic Charities
Patrice Swick, director
Social Justice and Life
429 East Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16504
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