The foundation for our ministry rests on seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching:
We Believe that All Life is Precious
We believe that we are one human family regardless of nationality, race, ethnicity, or economic and ideological differences and that we must promote peace in a world filled with violence and conflict.
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, or economic and ideological differences and that we must promote peace in a world filed with violence and conflict.
We Support Families
We believe that the family is the critical institution which supports a flourishing society; we 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.
Standing on these seven principles, the mission of Catholic Charities across the country is to provide service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the church and other people of good will to do the same.