The Pope Francis Center’s (PFC) goal is to engage volunteers and partners in the charitable and social justice work of Catholic Charities, its member agencies, and the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. The PFC is built around the principle of Two Feet of Love in Action (see below): The Catholic Church’s foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God’s love: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals).
The Center: 1) Serves as a clearinghouse to match volunteers, donors, church communities and others to ONGOING and ESTABLISHED opportunities for service, charity, advocacy and prayer for those most in need, AND 2) Serves as Catholic Charity’s platform for engaging diverse partners and resources in developing NEW programs and services to meet critical community needs. To do this, the center convenes stakeholders, engages clients and those affected, incorporates best practice and evidence-based approaches, and assists people and organizations to find new and innovative ways to serve those in need. In addition, the PFC provides resources to allow all those engaged to come to a deeper understanding of Catholic Social Teachings as guides for action and advocacy in bringing about positive social change on issues such as immigration, homelessness, poverty, and the environment.
The Pope Francis Center also serve as a community forum for engaging clients, faith partners and others in dialogue and problem solving on emerging and critical issues. The need for such a center has become increasingly clear as the pace of change in policies and funding that impact the vulnerable communities we serve has escalated.
To explore the current volunteer opportunities, please click here.
To learn more about the Pope Francis Center for Justice & Charity and ongoing volunteer opportunities, please contact:
Phone: (503) 688.2623
To learn about and/or engage in new programs being developed or to propose a new project/ program to address a community challenge, please contact:
Kat Kelley firstname.lastname@example.org
The Two Feet of Love in Action
Catholic disciples on mission are called to put Two Feet of Love in Action. This foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God’s love: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals).
Social Justice “concerns the social, political, and economic aspects and, above all, the structural dimension of problems and their respective solutions” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, no. 201). We step with this foot when we work to address the root causes of problems facing our communities by advocating for just public policies and helping to change the social structures that contribute to suffering and injustice at home and around the world.
Charitable Works are our “response to immediate needs and specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing the sick, visiting those in prison, etc.” (Deus Caritas Est, no. 31). We step with the Charitable Works foot when we work to aid or assist others both locally and globally to meet their immediate, short-term needs. Examples include engaging in direct service or providing food, clothing, shelter, or monetary assistance to help those in need.