Our Catholic Identity

Catholic Social Services (CSS) is unwavering in its commitment to our Catholic identity and the social mission of the Catholic Church in all of our programs and services. As one of the largest social services providers in the Philadelphia area, we are committed to assisting all those entrusted to our care with the highest level of professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness. At the same time, the Church’s long history of charitable activity in this region also calls us to maintain and enrich the distinctive Christian character of our services to others. As a ministry of  the Church, we serve in communion with Jesus of Nazareth who came to bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, restore sight to the blind, and free the oppressed. (cf. Luke 4:18)

In all our efforts on behalf of the poor and hungry, homeless and neglected, disabled and disadvantaged members of our society, we endeavor to incorporate our work into the healing and saving mission of Jesus the Christ. Just as the earthly ministry of Jesus expressed a concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of each person he encountered, so too our concern is for the whole person, including his or her spiritual and ethical well-being. Following in the footsteps of Jesus who welcomed everyone, we serve people of all faiths, races, ages, ethnicities, and lifestyles across the whole continuum of human need, and strive to express the unconditional love of God the Father for all his children. Many of our clients and our staff are not Catholic, and we welcome this rich diversity as a visible sign reminding us that in God’s economy “everyone has a place at the table.” (cf . A Place at the Table: Pastoral Reflection of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, 2002)

Catholic faith is incarnational, meaning that our love for God is “enfleshed” – made real and concrete – through the manner in which we care for our brothers and sisters in need. This tradition of faith-based human services has been passed on from religious congregations of men and women who founded many of our institutions, to the men and women of diverse faith backgrounds who today continue the good work of these wonderful institutions. CSS strives to faithfully express and demonstrate our Catholic identity and mission in all that we do, and thereby “continue to be beacons of hope and centers of help for poor families and communities.”  – A Place at the Table