Empowered and guided by the Spirit of Jesus, the Office of Human Concerns works to engage Catholics and others of good will in acts of justice and charity.

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Human Concerns Office
Tel: (973) 497-4341
Fax: (973) 497-4317
Director: Rev. Timothy Graff

Bishops Greet Supreme Court Decision With Hope and Caution

Archbishop Gomez’s response to the Administration’s Announcement of Deferred Action for DREAM Act eligible youth

Letter to the Senate on Tax Credits for Low Income Working Families

Archbishop Chaput’s Homily for the Closing of the Fortnight of Freedom

A Statement on Poverty in New Jersey by The Catholic Bishops of New Jersey

Caritas in Veritate
Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict’s third encyclical, is a call to see the relationship between human and environmental ecologies and to link charity and truth in the pursuit of justice, the common good, and authentic human development. In doing so, the pope points out the responsibilities and limitations of government and the private market, challenges traditional ideologies of right and left, and calls all men and women to think and act anew.

USCCB Caritas in Veritate Website
Caritas in Veritate: An Initial Outline (PDF File)
Cardinal George Welcomes Caritas in Veritate (PDF File)

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Opportunities for Service
First Friends
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St. Joseph's Social Service Center
Family Promise
Interfaith Hospitality Network:
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Bergen County
Union County
Community Food Bank of New Jersey

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Mission Statement
To continue the mission of Jesus bringing glad tidings to the poor...proclaiming liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, letting the oppressed go free and announcing a year acceptable to the Lord.
(Luke 4:18-19)

The New Jersey Catholic Coalition for Environmental Justice (NJCCEJ) has published an eight-session book aimed at encouraging reflection and discussion on the interconnectedness of both human well being and the well-being of the entire community of God’s creation. Click the icon above for more information on how to order the book.

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