Deus Caratias Est (God is Love)

“Love of neighbor, grounded in the love of God, is first and foremost a responsibility for each individual member of the faithful, but it is also a responsibility for the entire ecclesial community at every level: from the local community to the particular Church and to the Church universal in its entirety.”


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Social Concerns

The Archdiocesan Secretariat of Catholic Charities recognizes that not only is it important to assist our neighbors in their time of immediate need, but to also walk beside them and provide the tools they may need on their journey to rise above their current situations.

The Archdiocese of Indianapolis Mission Statement asks its faithful to commit themselves to generosity in the use of their spiritual and material resources by serving all those in need.  With that in mind, Social Concerns for the Archdiocesan Secretariat of Catholic Charities encompasses the work of Catholic Charities USA Parish Social Ministry (CCUSA – PSM), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and the work of the USCCB Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

Social Concerns encourages the Community to grow in a deeper understanding of Catholic Social Teaching by providing resources and strategies for effective action in parishes, schools and surrounding communities.   Most importantly, it calls us to a deeper understanding in living out the Two Greatest Commandments, which is to Love God and to Love our Neighbors, both locally and globally."

January is Poverty Awareness Month

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Poverty and Racism, 31 Day Devotional

Every January, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with other Catholic organizations and lay Catholics, observe Poverty Awareness Month. During this month, we seek to better live in solidarity with those who are poor by keeping them in prayer, and renewing our understanding of poverty in our country.

This year, during Poverty Awareness Month, Catholic Charities- Social Concerns of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis is hoping to bring greater awareness to the recent paper, "Poverty and Racism; Overlapping Threats to the Common Good," a Catholic Charities USA Poverty in America Issue Brief, which was published in its fourth edition on June 25, 2020. We urge Catholics to read this document in its entirety to get a full picture of the intersection between poverty and racism in America today.

Download the CCUSA Poverty and Racism: Overlapping Threats to the Common Good

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Theresa Chamblee
Director of Social Concerns
Catholic Charities 
1400 N. Meridian St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46202




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