The Catholic faith is one of action. By our baptism, we are called to pursue justice in every aspect of our lives. In addition to seeking opportunities for prayer, worship and ever-deepening faith, Catholics often take an active role in their communities, directly serving the poor, spreading the faith or becoming active in advocacy and civic affairs.
The Diocese of Jackson offers opportunities to put faith in action through:
- Catholic Charities, Inc., the social outreach arm of the diocese doing social justice work for anyone in need.
- Catholic Schools, our diocesan schools have long been a place to educate and form young minds into moral and ethical individuals who seek to bring justice into our communities and to serve the marginalized and those less fortunate. Many of our alumni go on to become Supreme Court Justices, doctors, lawyers and business leaders throughout the state and the country.
- Parish Activities and Groups: The parishes are the first places people go to practice and express their faith as Catholics. They each offer unique ministries and are the lifeblood of the work of the church.
- The Office of Evangelization, spreading the Good News through outreach to Catholics no longer active in the faith, communications, worship and liturgy.
- The Office of Faith Formation, offering opportunities to learn more about faith, social justice and the work of the church.
- The Office of Stewardship and Development, providing a strong financial future for the work of the church in Mississippi.
- The Office of Vocations, helping men and women of faith discern their call to the priesthood, diaconate or religious life.
- Service centers located in the diocese such as the Mound Bayou St. Gabriel Mercy Center, the Tutwiler Community Education Center and the Tutwiler Clinic, the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness and Sacred Heart Southern Missions.
- Lay religious groups such as the Knights of Columbus, the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Cursillo Movement, the Boy Scouts of America and more offer specific opportunities for service and faith development. This is by no means a complete list of the many organizations active in the diocese. Contact your local parish to find out what groups are active there.