Social Justice Committee Identity and Mission Statements
The Social Justice Committee of Immaculate Conception participates in a vibrant and diverse Franciscan parish located in downtown Durham. We aspire to be servant-leaders within our parish; we are committed to live the values of Catholic Social Teaching and be vigilant and responsive to current issues affecting our parishioners, our community, and our world.
Our mission is to engage and empower Immaculate Conception parishioners to live lives of justice, healing, compassion, and peace, manifesting the reign of God in our parish, our community, and our world. We will do this by being attentive to the signs of the times, through dialogue, and through organized communal response to societal and individual human needs, always cognizant that all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God.
Social Justice Staff
Maryann Crea, Minister to the Community —The Minister to the Community is responsible for promoting and facilitating peace and justice activities and Catholic Social Teaching within the parish, as well as implementing Immaculate Conception's social justice mission in the greater community by networking with Durham congregations, social service agencies and community groups. E-mail (919) 281-0728
Katushka Olave, Latino Pastoral Associate - The Latino ministry is an ever growing part of Immaculate Conception. The Latino ministry coordinator is responsible for coordinating, training, and directing those involved in various pastoral and liturgical ministries, Spanish and English classes, adult faith formation, youth, social justice, parish life. Katushka devotes approximately one-half of her time to social justice education and organizing activities. E-mail (919) 281-0731
Social Justice Committee Working Subcommittees
Homelessness and Housing
The Housing and Homeless Team works with Durham CAN, Families Moving Forward and other community partners to influence city and county housing policy for the benefit of those facing homelessness. We also support new initiatives to keep vulnerable families from losing their homes, participating in Circles of Support and creating the Furniture Project of Durham, two initiatives to help formerly homeless families transitioning to permanent housing. Catherine Pleil (919) 683-5878 x59 Furniture Project
We will continue as a parish to organize with community partners, including Durham CAN and the Congress of Latino Organizations, to demand the enactment of immigration reform that respects our common humanity and reflects the values — fairness, compassion and opportunity — we hold as Catholics and Americans. We continue to work to provide immediate service to immigrants in our community through emergency assistance, advocacy in schools and immigration assistance. Katushka Olave (919) 281-0731
Care for creation continues to be an important priority for the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province and Immaculate Conception Parish. Immaculate Conception achieved GreenFaith certification as a “Green Congregation” in January 2017. Janice Benjamin 919- 358-2075
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