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Our Mission

The mission of Catholic Charities USA is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other people of good will to do the same.

Our Principles

  • We Believe that All Life Is Precious

    We believe that every person has inherent dignity from the moment of conception to natural death and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

  • We Care for the Poor

    We believe that in a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, the needs of the poor and vulnerable must be put first.

  • We Practice Solidarity

    We believe that we are one human family regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, economic and ideological differences and that we must promote peace in a world filled with violence and conflict.

  • We Support Families

    We believe that the family is the critical institution which supports a flourishing society, and encourage strong and healthy marriages that provide children the best situation in which to thrive.

  • We Protect Fundamental Rights

    We believe that every person has a fundamental right to life, and that our network has the right, guaranteed by the first amendment, to serve others in ways that live out our authentic Catholic identity.

  • We Support Workers

    We believe that the rights of workers must be respected—the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organizing and joining unions, to private property and to economic initiative.

  • We Care for God’s Creation

    We believe that we are called to protect people and our common home in stewardship of creation and out of respect for our Creator.

Our Approach

Our Catholic values, teachings and traditions are the foundation of all we do. We carry on the sacred heritage of our Christian faith established 2,000 years ago, and across time, we heed “the call of the early church to make sure all needs are met.” We reach out to vulnerable people, not because they are Catholic, but because we are.