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Social Justice Council

We bring the Catholic Church's teachings for a just society and the Church's calls to action to build a just society to our fellow parishioners, acting in partnership with our Pastor and Parish Council. The Social Justice Council sponsors speaker series, hears updates on MADP (Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty), and has participated in JustMatters Immigration and JustFaith. We have an advocacy email mailing list, and we have had several immersion events.

Meetings - 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Meeting Room #4 at the church site.  (At this time meetings are conducted online via zoom - to receive the link to join contact Ross Caravelli 314-223-4866.


The St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Social Justice Council asks, “Did You Know…?”

Founded by Catholic Sisters in the progressive spirit of Vatican II, NETWORK works to create a
society that promotes justice and the dignity of all in the shared abundance of God’s creation.
Inspired by our founders and the leadership of the women who followed, we faithfully embody
Gospel justice as we ignite hope in the world. We are rooted in Catholic Social Justice and are
open to all who share our passion.

Equally Sacred Checklist
How can we know that we are voting for candidates who promote the common good? Pope
Francis has given clear instructions for how Catholics andall people of good willare to position
ourselves and prioritize social issues.
In his writing and speaking, Pope Francis makes it clear: abortion is not the only issue that
matters. Catholics are called to be multiissue voters, not singleissue voters in the 2022 midterm
elections and in our continued participation in public life. Use the Equally Sacred Checklist as a
guide to reflect on the concerns that Pope Francis says are “equally sacred” to the defense of the
unborn. (Click on the Link below)


Social Justice Council partners with Jews United for Justice - Proposes Changes to Florissant's Ordinance on Payday Lending

November 25, 2019, at a public hearing at the Florissant City Council meeting, the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Social Justice Council and Jews United for Justice presented our proposed changes to Florissant's Payday Loan Ordinance.  The council voted and approved our proposed changes to the current ordinance regarding payday lending in Florissant, Missouri. There will be a second and third reading at the December 9, 2019, Florissant City Council meeting. After that it will be law. This is thanks to the hard work of our Social Justice member Veronica Anderson-Johnston and David Lander of Jews United for Justice. And a special thanks to Marie Kenyon, Head of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, for bringing us together on this issue!

Celebrating Success!

Pictured above is St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Social Justice Council, Father Steve Robeson, Jews United for Justice, Marie Kenyon of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission, Florissant Mayor and City Council, Dr. Rance Thomas of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU), St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Parish, and Holy Spirit Parish celebrated the passing of the Payday Loan Limitation Ordinance at Pasta House Clock Tower, January 12, 2020.  Click here to see more photos from the gathering.

Some of the things that the St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Social Justice Council has done:

We have sponsored five Speaker Series on the following topics:


  • Diversity (Sr. Ebo was one of our speakers)

  • The issues in the 2008 Presidential Election

  • Affordable Health Care for all of our citizens

  • The Catholic Perspective on Labor Unions

  • Just Talk Beginning Christian Conversations on Economic Justice in our Community


We have shown an informational DVD against the use of Torture under any circumstances. (Torture is condemned by all of the major religions.)


We collected signatures for the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). The signatures we collected were for the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) - a treaty that requires a nation to set up mechanisms that assure that torture will never take place any place in that nation.


We have presented information on the Catholic Church's stance against the Death Penalty with information from MADP, Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.


We have an Advocacy Network set up to email Congressional representatives to abolish the Death penalty, end Torture, and treat Immigrants to this country with dignity and respect, as well as various other issues. These are all part of the Catholic Church's teachings on Social Justice. We invite interested parishioners who would like to participate in these Advocacy emails to write to Ross Caravelli ( with their email
address if they would like to be added to the email Advocacy program.


We have had several immersion events, such as preparing baskets to be distributed to the poor at Christmas at St. Augustine Parish.


We have arranged Christmas gifts for the poor to pick out for their families at the Fr. Tolton Center at Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Baden.


We have participated in the Solomon Project (rehabbing homes in the North Grand Neighborhood).


Several of our members have completed the Catholic Charities JustMatters 8-week course on Immigration and the 30-week JustFaith course on Social Justice issues and ideas for future Social Justice issues, ideas and projects.


We have had several informal luncheons at McMurphy's Grill downtown - a restaurant affiliated with St. Patrick's Center to train homeless persons in job skills. We had a good time at lunch and contributed to this worthwhile
cause at the same time. We would like to extend an open invitation to our parishioners to join us for our next luncheon. ( For more information check the bulletin in the spring.)


We have started a Room at the Inn project for homeless women and children at Holy Name of Jesus Parish on the fourth Wednesday of each month. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne parishioners have participated in this project since
January 2011. If you would like more information on this project, please contact Jim Lappe:


We have put out information for how to dispose of unneeded prescription medications.


We collected signatures to get a petition on the November Election ballot to cap the amount of interest that can be charged for Payday Loans, and to increase the minimum wage to allow for a more fair living wage for Missouri workers.


We have been doing Social Justice Stations of the Cross in Lent.  The Deacon reads the Stations of the Cross and our Social Justice members read a Social Justice statement that corresponds to each station afterwards.


We have been participating in Bread for the World usually around Lent to ask our parishioners to send letters to their elected representatives asking them to vote to budget money to abolish hunger in our own country and around the world.


We recently had a Speaker Series in conjunction with our sister parish, St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist parish entitled Just Talk, with Felicia Pulliam, our speaker, who was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and co-chaired the Economic Inequity and Opportunity working group charged with creating a strategy to advance economic mobility.  This was part of our efforts on behalf of the beONE initiative in the wake of the events in Ferguson.

Our next event is to encourage our parish to attend St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Parish’s Black History Month.  We plan to have a discussion at our parish site two weeks later.


 June 4, 2017: We partnered with St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Parish (our partner in the beONE project), on our Speaker Dialogue entitled “Criminal Justice Reform”

The following were the speakers on the June 4th panel that Marie Kenyon moderated :

1.    Felicia Jones: Felicia is a Federal Public Defender specializing in gang members. Previously she had been a Missouri State Public Defender. She is a member of the Peace & Justice Commission and St. Augustine Parish.

2.    Nancy Mitchell McCarthy: Nancy retired last month as the Regional Administrator of the Missouri Department of Corrections Board of Probation and Parole. She is a Class A Trustee non-alcoholic of the national General Services Board of Alcoholics Anonymous and a member of the Peace & Justice Commission and St. Raphael the Archangel Parish.

3. A member of the St. Louis City Police Department


We attended St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Parish’s annual Black History month event in February of 2017 and 2018.

Holy Spirit Parish has been attending and participating in our monthly Social Justice Council meetings at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.


We are in the process of providing backpacks for prisoners who are being released from jail.


June 24, 2018: We teamed up with St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Parish, Holy Spirit Parish, Jews United For Justice, and Marie Kenyon for our latest Speaker Dialogue entitled:  "When You Know Better, You Do Better." 

September 8, 2018: Financial Workshop

       March 10, 2019, 1-4 p.m. CreditAbility: Build a Strong Credit History: It was an excellent presentation by Treina Lind, the President of RedDough. We had about 17 guests. There was an opportunity at this workshop to make a free appointment to meet with a counselor at Excel Centers in Pagedale, St. John, or South St. Louis.

       June 9, 2020: The St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Social Justice Council had a Zoom discussion on the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.  And justice for George Floyd.

       October 13, 2020: Joyce Jones, Archdiocesan Director for Racial Harmony and Justice, made an excellent presentation on Racial Harmony.

       March 9, 2021: Meredith Rataj and Kristine Walentik did a Zoom presentation on Immigration.

       June 8, 2021: Sr. Cheryl Kemner did a Zoom presentation on Laudato Si.

       February 8, 2022: Fr. Chris Martin did a Zoom presentation on All Things New and on our Archdiocese’s actions on Pope Francis’ Synod.

       April 12, 2022: Margaret Mary Moore spoke to us about Thea Bowman, Father Augustus Tolton, Julia Greeley, Mother Mary Lange, Pierre Toussaint, Mother Henriette DeLille  (Black Catholic Saints). We heard from Marie Kenyon’s Social Action Catholics Zoom meeting. Joyce Jones and Eric Fair discussed the “Forgive Us Our Trespasses Project” and Maafa, which will take place on June 18, 2022, that will commemorate those lives lost during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Maafa means catastrophe or disaster. It will be held at the Old Cathedral from 9 a.m. till noon. Archbishop Rozanski will be presiding. 

       June, 2022: The St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish received an award for Room at the Inn.  Thanks to Jim and Beth Lappe, our parish has been involved in Room at the Inn for 12 years.

Social Justice Council Solomon Project
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