Office of Social Justice
& Respect Life

The goals of the Office of Social Justice and Respect Life 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. Your involvement is welcome!






New CST 101 Video from USCCB and CRS: Solidarity!
The 6th video in the Catholic Social Teaching 101 video series, on Solidarity is now available. The video series is a joint collaboration of the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services. Other videos in the series include: Life and Dignity; Call to Family, Community and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; and Care for God’s Creation

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Services Offered


  • Teachers, Catechists, Youth Ministers and Social Concerns Ministers:  Download a free on-line Calendar of ideas on life and justice!

The Office of Social Justice and Respect Life has assembled an on-line calendar called Days of Life, Dignity, Justice and Peace.  It has a month by month summary for our current school year of important dates related to Catholic social teaching including many different life and dignity, peace and justice issues.  It also has live links to resources that can be used in a school curriculum, religious education programs, RCIA, Confirmation and social concerns ministries all year!  Download here.

  • Provides written and visual materials on church programs for peace and justice.
  • Presents programs/workshops on Catholic social teaching at the deanery level.
  • Coordinates JustFaith pdf file, a parish-based, in-depth adult formation process to introduce and deepen Catholics’ engagement in the social mission of the Church.
  • Makes resources available to clergy, parish Social Concerns Committees and other interested persons.
  • Provides Catholic Social Ministry Training and on-going support for parish based Social Concerns/Parish Social Ministry Committees.
  • Directs Catholic Campaign for Human Development Internship.
  • Collaborates with the archdiocesan director for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on education about world wide relief efforts and solidarity, and encourages participation in CRS Rice Bowl during Lent. 
      • CRS is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. 
      • CRS promotes human development by responding to major emergencies, fighting disease and poverty, and nurturing peaceful and just societies and serves Catholics in the United States as they live their faith in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world.
      • Administers the CRS Rice Bowl Small Grant Fund for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Each Lent, 75% of the Rice Bowl collection goes to CRS overseas development and hunger relief work.  The remaining 25% of the Lenten Rice Bowl collection goes into the Local Archdiocesan Rice Bowl fund, to be used to support hunger and poverty alleviation programs in our Archdiocese. Completed applications (submitted by email only) are due each year by November 1. Download application here.


  • Cooperates with the legislative advocacy work of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Cooperates with the National legislative work of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice Peace and Human Development Peace and Human Development and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Secretariat Pro Life.
  • Policy for Political Campaign Activities Policy for Political Campaign Activities


Life Issues:

  • Coordinates Respect Life activities in the Archdiocese
  • Promotes the "consistent ethic of life" from "womb’ to "tomb"
  • Promotes the Elizabeth Ministry
  • Supports "Project Rachel Project Rachel," a post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church.



  • Directs the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) (anti-poverty program of the American Catholic Bishops).
  • Administers Local and National CCHD Grants for community and economic development. Contact Anne Avellone for grant inquiries.
  • Provides resource materials to parishes, leadership training and support for social justice groups and activities.
  • Supports the ministry of the African American Catholic Community (AACC) whose mission in the context of our multi-cultural church is to support and reinforce the African American Catholic family and individuals.  The AACC invites, challenges and develops an appreciation of the African American culture through liturgical, social, spiritual and educational programs.  Members of the AACC pray that the African American culture will enhance the universality of the Church and the cause of evangelization.   Begun in 1992, the AACC evangelizes and builds the church through prayer, education and service to the community.
  • The African American Catholic Community (AACC) also sponsors the Fr. Rollins Lambert Scholarship for African American students attending Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.  For more information, call Brenda Dabney (505) 836-3627.  



Sponsors a variety of faith witness activities and events including:

  • The annual Sanctity of Life Awareness & Unity Mass
  • The annual African American Catholic Community Martin Luther King Mass and speaker
  • JustFAITH facilitator training
  • The annual Journey to Justice Retreat Day for JustFAITH participants
  • Fair Trade training


Social Justice & Respect Life Links

  • Bread for the World Bread for the World
  • Ethics of Eating Eating is a Moral Act: Ethics of Eating
  • Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United StatesFaithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility
  • For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food: Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers & Farm workers For I Was Hungry and You Gave Me Food Catholic Reflections on Food, Farmers & Farmworkers
  • Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
  • Resources & Tools for Catholic Social TeachingResources for Catholic Social Teaching Education
  • Catholic Rural Life National Catholic Rural Life Conference
  • Principles for Ethical EatersEating is a Moral Act: Values For Eaters
  • U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference-Pro-Life ActivitiesU.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference-Respect Life Issues
  • U.S. Bishops' Statement-A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty & to Respect the Dignity of All God's Children U.S. Bishops' Statement-A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty & to Respect the Dignity of All God's Children
  • Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops-Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development U. S. Catholic Bishops' Conference-Social Development and World Peace

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Luke’s Story: Every Suicide is Tragic You don’t discourage suicide by assisting suicide.  Every suicide is tragic—whether you’re old or young, healthy or sick, your lifeis worth living,” says Luke Maxwell, 19, who survived an attempt to take hisown life.  

John’s Story: Beyond Independence Born without arms, John Foppe speaks to a way of life beyondindependence, namely interdependence: Together we are more. Assistedsuicide sells everyone short, so in times of illness or disability, heencourages us to “step into life!”  

Jeanette’s Story: 15 Years Later When Jeanette Hall had less than a year to live, she asked herdoctor for the pills to commit suicide. Dr. Kenneth Stevens got to knowher better, inspiring her to have treatment instead. Now 15 years later,Jeanette says: “It’s great to be alive!”  

Maggie’s Story Maggie Karner, 51-year-old mother of three, has terminal braincancer and opposes assisted suicide. She shares how her dad, whenbedridden at the end of his life as a quadriplegic, taught her to face life& her final days with true grace and dignity.

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