Our Faith Tradition

We believe that through our commitment to Christ and His teachings, we continue His ministry of hope and healing to those in need.

At Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri (CCSOMO), we are a people of faith who seek to empower those in need to reach their emotional and economic potential. All of us– staff, board members, donors, volunteers, and those we serve– are members of the same team. We work together towards a common goal of strengthening families and guiding those in need on their path to self-sufficiency.


As Catholics, we affirm that all life is sacred, because all life was created by God, in the image and likeness of God. Our faith also challenges us to be particularly concerned for the weak and most vulnerable. To follow Christ is to reach out in compassion to those in need.

It follows that the term “Catholic” does not place limitations on whom we serve. The parable of the Good Samaritan challenges us to think of everyone as our neighbor. Catholic Charities serves people in need, without concern for church membership. Typically more than 90% of our clients are not Catholic.

And finally, the term “Catholic” does not imply that Catholic Charities will only hire Catholics. The values we hold dear as Catholics are also basic Christian values, and in a broader sense, basic human values. Catholic Charities invites men and women who share our values to join us in our mission to serve others.