The Catholic Charities Advocacy Department addresses social conditions for clients, the needs of the eight Catholic Charities organizations, and all people in our community. The Advocacy Department helps develop the Federation’s public policy priorities, advocate at the state and federal level for the poor and vulnerable, and teach Catholics how to put their faith into action.

The role of the Advocacy Department is to:

  • Integrate public policy priorities with agency needs and client experiences;
  • Engage and educate people on the public policy priorities of Catholic Charities; and
  • Mobilize Catholic Charities directors, board members, and staff, as well as the Catholic community to advocate on a local, state, and federal level and to build relationships with decision makers.

Learn more about our 2021 Advocacy Priorities. 

CC-STL Supports Expansion of Tax Credit Programs

March 9, 2021 – Catholic Charities of St. Louis expresses our support of Missouri Senate Bill 155, which proposes “modification of provisions relating to tax credits for contributions to maternity homes, domestic abuse shelters, and rape crisis centers.” Missouri SB 155 was introduced by Senator Andrew Koenig (R-Manchester).

Three of our agencies – Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Queen of Peace Center, and Saint Martha’s Hall – will greatly benefit from this tax credit expansion. We appreciate Senator Koenig and the other members of the Senate Economic Development Committee for supporting our work empowering and bringing hope to Missourians, especially women and their children. (Read More)

Understanding Amendment 3

Click Here for a side-by-side comparison of Amendment 1 (known as the CLEAN Missouri Initiative) passed in 2018 and the changes proposed by Amendment 3 in 2020. Catholic Charities of St. Louis has provided this information to help Missouri voters understand Amendment 3 in relationship to the similar Amendment 1. By sharing this information, Catholic Charities is neither endorsing or opposing Amendment 3.


CLICK HERE for slides from the July 14 webinar, Medicaid Expansion: Our Catholic Response to Ensure Access to Life-Saving Healthcare for All.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the July 22 webinar, What Would Medicaid Expansion Mean for Missouri?



Learn more about Medicaid Expansion by listening to this Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) podcast hosted by MCC Executive Director Tyler McClay. Guests include Ascension Director of State Policy and Advocacy Brock Ingmire and Catholic Charities of St. Louis Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement Tamara Kenny. 


Catholic Charities Goes to Jefferson City

(Missouri Catholic Charities Advocacy Day, March 5)

CCSTL Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bill 4
(re: SNAP Work-Tracking Requirements)

Peace and Justice Commission Endorsement of Missouri Proposition B
(minimum wage increase, Nov. 2018 ballot)

Missouri Catholic Conference Statement Regarding Missouri Proposition B
(minimum wage increase, Nov. 2018 ballot)

CCSTL President Theresa Ruzicka’s response to After Missouri Cuts Funding for the Disabled, Some Fear They May be Forced into Nursing Homes (St. Louis-Post Dispatch, August 16, 2018)

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty program of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, working to break the cycle of poverty by helping people help themselves.

Here in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, we participate in this program by partnering with and funding community and economic development projects and providing the Catholic community opportunities to stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers, especially the poor and marginalized.

CCHD is made possible by the support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection. Grants to local anti-poverty efforts are screened, awarded and monitored in partnership with local dioceses and require the approval of the diocesan bishop. All organizations funded by CCHD–while not exclusively Catholic–uphold all principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Keep updated on local CCHD activity on Facebook.

CCHD Student Art Contest 2021 Winners!

“Rebuilding Together at the Margins” is the theme for this year’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Creating on the Margins student art contest. On April 26, the two CCHD-St. Louis winners were announced:

“An Angel of God” by Krysta Flores Azurdia, Duchesne High School, was selected from among artwork by other students in the 7 – 9th grade category to represent the Archdiocese of St. Louis in the national competition. It tells the story of an exhausted nurse who stays after hours with her dying COVID-19 patient and later pays for his funeral. Krysta says of her work: “By [the nurse] following her heart and thinking about how to present God to others, she made a man happy and managed to do what God has planned for him.” Click here to see Krysta’s full illustrated story. 
“Justice and Charity” by Rosemary Mihindukulasuriya, Cor Jesu Academy, was selected from among artwork by other students in the 10-12th grade category to represent the Archdiocese of St. Louis in the national competition. Rosemary says of her work: “I wanted to show a person of color fighting for the rights of the people around her and volunteering because I think it is very important for all people, but especially those who are marginalized, to feel as if they have power to be the change they want to see in the world.” Click here to see Rosemary’s full digital drawing.
Both “An Angel from God” and “Justice and Charity” have been submitted to the national CCHD office where they will compete against the winners in other dioceses for a $500 national grand prize, as well as first, second, and third place prizes in each grade category.  

CCHD Internship Opportunity

The Archdiocese of St. Louis’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is looking for a Catholic who is committed to social justice for its 2020-2021 internship program. If interested, please review the job description/application instructions and the application form

CCHD Committee Members Needed

CCHD is currently seeking committee members to represent every deanery in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The committee is meant to support, promote, and grow CCHD’s work in the community. Committee members should be committed to justice, giving a voice to the poor, and the Catholic Social teaching of the church.  Click here to learn more. 

CCHD Grants Available

The CCHD grant program is made possible by the generous support of Catholics in the United States, especially through an annual parish collection, and is committed to supporting organizations working to break the cycle of poverty and improve local communities.

The CCHD grant program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis may award a maximum of $10,000 to organizations, both Catholic and non-Catholic, located within the Archdiocese.

The CCHD funds two types of grant projects:

Community development projects nurture solidarity between the poor and non-poor, facilitating the participation of people living in poverty in the institutional decisions that perpetuate poverty in their lives. In these projects, low-income people gain the ability to identify barriers, brainstorm solutions, and create institutional change by taking action to change problematic structures and systems in their communities. These projects should directly benefit a relatively large number of people rather than a few individuals.

Economic development projects significantly include the voice of poor and marginalized people in developing new businesses that create social benefits, offer good jobs, and/or develop assets that will be owned and enjoyed by local communities. Ideally, these CCHD-funded projects will include collaboration with other organizations and will encourage project beneficiaries to work to effect institutional change in additional areas.

To apply and to see additional criteria, please see the Application Packet for 2021-2022 Local Grant Program, Archdiocese of St. Louis. Applications for the 2021-2022 cycle are due by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2021.

To contact the Advocacy Department:

Tamara Kenny, JD, MSW
Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement

314.367.5500 x 5948 or