The mission of the Social Concerns Office is to serve the Diocese of Jefferson City as its primary catalyst for the work of social justice.
"Action on behalf of justiceand participation in thetransformation of the worldfully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or in other words, of the Church's mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation."
-1971 World Synod of Catholic Bishops
The Social Concerns Office helps the diocesan bishop:
Share the social teaching of the Church
Apply Catholic social teaching to major contemporary issues which have significant moral and human dimensions
Advocate effectively for the poor and vulnerable and for genuine justice and peace in the public policy arena.
Build the capacity of the local Church to act effectively in defense of human life, human rights and the pursuit of justice and peace
Work of the Social Concerns Office
The SCO works with the bishop, the Missouri Catholic Conference, pastors, parish leaders, USCCB staff and offices, as well as local, state and national groups and organizations on a wide variety of issues touching human life, human dignity and human rights.