Peace and Justice

“We cannot be called truly ‘Catholic’ unless we hear and heed the Church’s call to serve those in need and work for justice and peace. We cannot call ourselves followers of Jesus unless we take up his mission of bringing ‘good news to the poor, liberty to captives, and new sight to the blind’” (cf. Lk 4:18)- (Communities of Salt and Light, 4-5)

At the service of becoming more truly Catholic, the Office of Peace and Justice:

  • Coordinates and supports diocesan-wide justice ministries and initiatives
  • Promotes the understanding and practice of Catholic Social Teaching (CST)
  • Equips parishes to become Communities of Salt and Light, integrating CST into faith formation, liturgical worship, and action; supports parishes in forming peace and justice ministries.

Are you interested in learning more or getting involved with the peace and justice work in the diocese? Sign up for our newsletter and contact the office.

I. Peace and justice ministries, commissions, and groups in the Diocese of Lexington

  1. Peace and Justice Commission
  2. Commission on African American Catholic Concerns
  3. Catholic Committee of Appalachia- KY ChapterCatholic Committee of Appalachia- KY Chapter
  4. LGBT Ministry
  5. Laudato Si Commission

II. Becoming a Communities of Salt and Light

  •  “In these challenging days, we believe that the Catholic community needs to be more than ever a source of clear moral vision and effective action. We are called to be the “salt of the earth” and “light of the world” in the words of Scriptures (cf. Mt 5:13-16). The task belongs to every believer and every parish. It cannot be assigned to a few or simply delegated to diocesan or national structures. The pursuit of justice and peace is an essential part what makes a parish Catholic” (Communities of Salt and Light, 2-3).
  • Are you ready to put your faith into action? Contact your Pastor or Parish Life Director and ask about joining your parish’s peace and justice ministry.
  • Feel called to start a peace and justice group at your parish or strengthen the existing one? Contact the Office of Peace and Justice and we will help you get started.