SOCIAL JUSTICE - ABOUT OUR MINISTRY
The vibrant Social Justice Ministry at Good Shepherd Catholic Church enables parishioners to live out our parish motto of “loving as Christ loves, serving as Christ serves” through more than 50 ongoing programs based on faith in action.
At Good Shepherd, we value the need to serve and stand with the poor and vulnerable, to advocate for justice, and to learn and live the seven core themes of Catholic social teaching.
Social justice work has been a hallmark of the parish since its early years. Indeed, Good Shepherd has helped launch three independent nonprofit agencies that are pivotal in serving the Alexandria, Virginia community: United Community Ministries, Good Shepherd Housing, and Progreso Literacy and Citizenship Center. We are also a founding church member of VOICE in No.Va. (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement in Northern Virginia), an interfaith social justice advocacy initiative.
Social Justice at Good Shepherd includes many programs of charity, programs of advocacy and community action, ministries of healing, comfort, and support, and our environmental ministry. We also offer social justice education programs for all ages. Our social justice communications group brings word of our work and our opportunities for involvement to the broader community.
The Social Justice Committee
The lay-driven Social Justice Committee at Good Shepherd is undergirded by our Parish Pastoral Plan and helps to coordinate and advise our large and active ministry. Our committee meets on a monthly basis and sub-committees meet on an as-needed basis. The entire committee meets quarterly with the seven managers charged with advocating for each of the seven core themes of Catholic Social teaching. Interested parishioners are encouraged to attend. For more information about this Ministry, please refer to our updated Committee Charter or contact Bill Zaccagnino, the Social Justice Committee Chair.