The Catholic Charities Advocacy Department addresses the social conditions for clients, 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.

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)

2018 Advocacy Priorities

2017 Advocacy Priorities