Social Justice Committee

 The Social Justice Committee works within the parish community and beyond to advocate for social policies that align with Christian teachings.  The committee engages itself with the on-going social justice causes supported by the archdiocese, as well as developing programs of its own such as the multi-year Linking with Lima project.  The committee also focuses its attention on the seasonal campaigns developed by Development and Peace.  If you are interested in learning more about this energetic team, please contact committee chair Pat Roth at

Below are a few social justice related links that have been a focus for the St. Charles Social Justice Committee: 

  • Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis.  Development and Peace is a membership led organization supported by parish collections, individual donations and government grants, principally from the Canadian International Development Agency.  The theme for the 2011 Share Lent campaign is Building a World of Justice.
  • Journey to Justice is a regular feature of the Western Catholic Reporter providing commentary on current social justice issues.  Recent topics include indigenous rights, homelessness, energy development, and global warming.
  • The Ryan’s Well Foundation grew from the commitment of one boy, Ryan Hreljac, who in grade 1 learned of the great need for clean and safe water in developing countries.  In 1999, at age seven, Ryan’s first well was built at Angolo Primary School in northern Uganda.  Since then, Ryan’s Well has helped build over 630 wells and 700 latrines bringing safe water and improved sanitation services to over 700,000 people.
  • For over 20 years, the Osu Children’s Library Fund has introduced African children to the world of books and opened doors for a brighter future. The Fund also provides opportunities for non-literate adults to gain basic literacy skills, therefore improving their job prospects and opportunities.