Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours. Yours are the eyes through which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless people now. - St. Teresa of Avila
The Diocese of Providence’s Secretariat for Catholic Charities & Social Ministry develops, implements and supports ministries and services that reach thousands of Rhode Islanders each year. Rooted in the social teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, this secretariat focuses on the dignity of each human being, serving others and dispensing charity while educating and advocating for justice. Through this office, support is provided to more than 140 parishes in the diocese by helping parishioners meet their basic and social service needs. In every service provided, this ministry aims to reflect the compassion of Jesus Christ through sensitivity to the ever-changing ethnic, cultural and economic diversity of communities within the diocese.
The Secretariat for Catholic Charities & Social Ministry brings the message of Christ’s love to the people of Rhode Island in tangible ways. These offices provide resources to communities in the areas of family, the sanctity of life, immigration, emergency assistance and so much more. This secretariat seeks to meet the physical and spiritual needs of parishioners and neighbors while always addressing injustice and advocating for legislative change at the local and national levels.
John J. Barry, III, Secretary for Catholic Charities & Social Ministry
Jean Montero, Secretary
One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903