Campaign for Justice and Hope
The Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) is an effort by the Diocese of Springfield of Illinois under the direction of Bishop Thomas John Paprocki to promote justice and hope for the poor. DCJH puts into practice Catholic teaching on life and dignity of every human person and the Gospel command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25). Drawing inspiration from the Corporal Works of Mercy, DCJH seeks to address the systemic injustices that contribute to poverty in our diocese and to provide financial support for local programs and organizations that give realistic hope for the poor to break out of the cycle of poverty through effective and efficient interventions. Furthermore, DCJH will assist in protecting life at all stages with an emphasis on the unborn by helping pregnant women to have hope for the future of their children and their lives. A stable family life in a home with a married mother and father is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of poverty and give children hope for their future.
DCJH also desires to transform the way we think about poverty. As such, education will also be an important component of the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope. Poverty is not a concept or a statistic, but a daily reality for millions of Americans. Every day, in the wealthiest nation on earth, people suffer from hunger, sleep on the streets, cannot afford medications for their illnesses or live in fear of domestic and community violence. As Catholics we are taught to seek out – not to avoid - the poor. We are taught, through the example of Jesus, that we are all God’s children and worthy of love, dignity and respect.