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:
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."
Catholic Charities of Southern Illinois is a member of CatholicCharitiesUSA.org
ur agencies serve the 28 counties listed above. If you reside in one of these counties and are in need of service, want to volunteer, donate, learn more, or share your ideas, we'll be glad to accommodate you (although availability of services may vary by location). If you live elsewhere, please contact your local Catholic parish to reach Catholic Charities in your diocese or archdiocese. Every Catholic Diocese has its own Catholic Charities Department.
This information was correct at the time of publishing.