In addition to hosting diocesan-level activities and events and serving as a resource for the teaching of the Church on the dignity of the person, the Human Rights Office provides support for the development and coordination of our parish Human Rights ministries. Each parish within our diocese has the opportunity to support a volunteer ministry to provide education, pastoral care, prayer and worship, and public policy advocacy programs, activities, and events for fellow parishioners. The designation of a Parish Human Rights Coordinator must be approved by the parish pastor.
The Parish Human Rights Coordinator works directly with the diocesan Human Rights Office and with fellow coordinators to participate in parish, deanery, and diocesan-level programs, activities and events. To start a Human Rights Committee in your parish, speak with your pastor and then contact the Human Rights Office for more information or simply sign-up here.
- Coordinate Human Rights Office programs with other ministries within your organizations, parish or school or just provide topics and content for discussions.
- Encourage and support the efforts of fellow parishioners to assist the poor, the sick, the homeless and other vulnerable groups within your area.
- Sponsor programs of prayer for people who are imprisoned and for their victims and for the families of each, for immigrants and refugees, for the hungry, for those who are dying or disabled
- Foster awareness of the need to provide hospitality for immigrant families fleeing violence and instability; provide opportunity for our faithful to help those less fortunate, and to safeguard in law the lives of those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying
- Keep parishioners informed of legislation and organize campaigns and activities when important votes are required.