Life and Justice

While recognizing the right to life as the first moral response on life’s continuum, the Office of Life and Justice also will seek to promote a consistent and seamless ethic of life from conception to natural death, with particular attention to those who are most vulnerable.

The office will assist clergy, religious and laity in the diocese in the call to live in solidarity with all God’s people and creation mainly through on-going parish visitations.


Contact the Office of Life and Justice:

Michael Laskey


Here are some helpful tips for successfully

Facilitating a Life and Justice Team Meeting

Life and Justice Toolkits:

(1) Is Your Parish in Need of a Life and Justice Coordinator?

(2) Invitation to Parish Life and Justice Sessions

(3) Invitation to Fair Trade Shopping

(4) Parish Life and Justice Ministry

(5) Connections: Explaining the Relationship between the Sacraments and Catholic Social Teaching

(6) The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions has a website with a number of resources available. FDLC’s Liturgy and Social Justice page has number of articles regarding the relationship between the Eucharist and social justice. Some of the titles that can be found there are:
Peace, Justice and the Liturgy by John Allen (National Catholic Reporter, May 27, 2005 report on the seminar “Peace and Liturgy: A Research Itinerary.”)
The Banquet of the Eucharist and the Banquet of Life by Rev. Ronald Ketteler in the Covington Messenger (July 5, 2002)
Liturgy, Justice and the Reign of God: Integrating Vision and Practice by J. Frank Henderson, Stephen Larson, Kathleen Quinn (book in pdf version ©1999)
The Mass Is Our Life and Work: The Catholic Worker Movement and Liturgy excerpt from the Introduction to Dorothy Day’s journal, On Pilgrimage (reprinted 1999).

(7) Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teachings (Adult Faith Formation)


Fair Trade Merchants-   Some of these have stores in or near South Jersey

Catholic Relief Services

Equal Exchange

Grounds for Change

Ten Thousand Villages

Deans Beans

Trader Joe’s

Whole Foods