Social Action Commission

The St. Francis Social Action Commission inspires and mobilizes our Parish family to promote justice and human dignity in our local and global communities through education, advocacy and service.

Catholic Social Teaching

To help keep us grounded in serving others during this time of pandemic and social unrest, and to prepare us for the election in November, the Social Action Commission has assembled some reflection points on the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

These teachings come from a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of the modern world – something that is certainly timely! The teachings are great for personal reflection and for family discussion.

More information about the seven themes of Catholic social teaching can be found on the website for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the following link:

USCCB.ORG  >  ISSUES & ACTION >  TOPICS  > Catholic Social Teachings   >  Resources on Catholic Social Teaching > Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teachings


2020 Social Action at St. Francis

Even though 2020 has looked different than we anticipated, the Social Action Commission is excited to share some of the many ways our parishioners have been working to serve others in the past several months:

  • Six parishioners attended the Global Solidarity Conference in February
  • Parishioners purchased more than 25 supporting memberships for the Gem City Market
  • Parishioners donated to provide 20 crockpots to Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley for their cooking classes
  • About 30 parishioners attended “Called to Action” at the beginning of March to talk about social action activities at the parish, what works well and what we can improve
  • The parish has participated in 3 rounds of donations for Food for the People, an ecumenical effort to feed at-risk seniors during the pandemic
  • More than 60 six-pound cans of fruits and vegetables have been donated to St. Vincent de Paul Hotel since March
  • Nearly a dozen seamstresses from the parish have made more than 300 masks for the parish, parishioners and CSSMV. At a cost of about $15/mask, this is a huge donation of time and materials!
  • Parishioners donated more than 250 items for the CSSMV food pantry the week of June 20-21

THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this work and promotes justice and human dignity in our community!

Next up for the Commission is a focus on Catholic Social Teaching education and anti-racism work.

 Commission Roles and Responsibilities

Our roles and responsibilities will be updated soon.

 Contact the Commission

Interested in learning more about Social Action Commission, or think you might be interested in joining the Commission? Contact Meghann Naveau at