Peace & Social Justice

Based on Catholic Social Principles, our organization educates, organizes and acts on social issues facing our local and global community by deepening an awareness of the Gospel's call to love our neighbors.

The Peace & Social Justice Ministry mission is based on the Gospel teachings of Jesus and the Themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  We provide projects in which all parishioners can participate including regular sales of Fair Trade coffee and other food items, a Fair Trade Fair and letter writing campaigns to our legislators.  We have also provided guest speakers on issues including poverty and hunger, non-violence, immigration, peace initiatives and environmental concerns. 

If you would like more information on this important ministry and/or would like join us for a meeting call Lorrie Tracy at 815-485-8049.

Themes of Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Life & Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation

Peace and Social Justice Sponsors The FAIR TRADE PROGRAM  which offers quality products such as coffee, tea, olive oil and chocolate.  Watch the bulletin for upcoming sales and events. 


  • Builds right relationships between buyers and sellers that are rooted in the principles of human dignity and solidarity
  • Respects human dignity
  • Promotes the common good  
  • Advances economic justice
  • Empowers disadvantaged people 
  • Connects us with the people who create the things we buy 
  • Cultivates global solidarity


Read the full text of the Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

For more information, visit Communities of Salt and Light: Reflections on the Social Mission of the Parish