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.


Joshua van Cleef
Director, Office of Peace and Justice
Diocese of Lexington
Phone: (606) 666-7871


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