Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Office of Social Justice
Joan Leahigh, Director
  Jude Fournier, Assistant
   Janet Olmsted, Secretary
Phone 831-8167, 8165, 8205 

The goals of the Office of Social Justice of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe are to make Catholics aware of the social teaching of the Church, to help facilitate action prompted by that awareness, to be a voice for the poor and the powerless and to be a resource to parishes as they develop Social Justice outreach. The Office is a collaborative partner with the other offices of the Pastoral Ministries Division.



  • Provides written and visual materials on church programs for peace and justice
  • Presents programs/workshops on the deanery level
  • Make resources available to clergy, parish social justice committees and other interested persons
  • Public Discipleship Project
  • Stewards of Creation  Training


  • Coordinates activities of A.N.C.L.A. (the Archdiocesan Network for Catholic Legislative Advocacy)
  • Cooperates with the legislative advocacy work of the New Mexico State Catholic Conference.


  • Coordinates Respect Life activities in the Archdiocese
  • Promotes the "consistent ethic of life" from "womb’ to "tomb"
  • Promotes the "Elizabeth Ministry"


  • Directs the Archdiocesan Committee of the National Campaign for Human Development (anti-poverty program of the American Catholic Bishops)
  • Provides resource materials and holds membership in prayer and leadership development group, the Pilgrimage/Leaven Gathering.

Sponsors a variety of faith witness activities and events including:

  • The annual Pro Life Unity Mass
  • The annual Interfaith Pilgrimage for Peace to Chimayo and Los Alamos
  • The annual International Bazaar (formerly Ethnic Fair)
  • The annual Christmas Store for low income families.

Links for Social Justice

Catholic Social Justice Teaching                                                A.N.C.L.A.

Elizabeth Ministry                                                                          Abortion Reconciliation

                                                                                        National Catholic Rural Life Conference    Sweatshops:    
Northwest Coalition                                                                        American Life League
Sweatshop-Free Albuquerque  
                                         US Bishops                                    

Jubilee 2000 - International Debt Relief                            Bread for the World

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