To reach out in Christian love to the people of Southern Illinois,
to assist them with their basic needs, and
to foster changes in self and in society that promote justice and human dignity.
Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois endeavors to give HOPE to all of southern Illinois... because on who has HOPE lives differently. We give HOPE by:
- Assisting and coordinating general public awareness of the missions of each of the member Agencies of Catholic Charities; thereby
- Helping all to be more aware of the exceptional member Agency services available to our Diocese; and thereby
- Helping all to know where to go when help is needed.
Catholic Charities is a 100% volunteer organization and welcomes donations of time and treasure.
1. …to reach out in Christian love: It is not only our duty to respond to the needs and injustices that grab our attention. We also realize that many people suffer in silence, because they haven't so much as a voice to make their needs heard. We have a duty to seek out the suffering, to serve them and to advocate on their behalf.
2. …to assist people with their basic needs: Charity requires that we tend to people's physical well-being as well as to the spiritual. Families must be fed, clothed, housed and employed before they can turn their energies toward changing the circumstances that put them in need in the first place. We therefore imagine a tomorrow in which charity is unnecessary because all immediate needs are met, and work today toward that end, realizing that it will always be the ideal and not the reality.
3. …to foster changes in self and in society that promote justice and human dignity: We cannot in good conscience work in endless cycles of crisis and short-term solutions, even though fostering systemic change requires frequent reevaluation of our own mission. We take to heart the words of Pope Pius XI in Divini Redemptorus: "Charity will never be true charity unless it takes justice into account. Let no one attempt with small gifts of charity to exempt themselves from the great duties of justice."