Why Advocacy?

“Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!” – Pope Francis


The Columban Center’s mission is to work towards a more just, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable world by engaging in the political process guided by our Catholic faith.

We believe true solidarity with marginalized communities and the earth is achieved through challenging the structural causes of poverty, violence, and all other forms of injustice. This means working to change policies that cause injustice and implementing policies that uphold dignity, justice, and care for our common home.

As a member of the Columban community, we invite you to bring this message to policymakers by raising your voice and the stories and voices of Columban communities around the world.


What is advocacy?

Advocacy is an activity by an individual or group which aims to influence decisions within political, economic, and social systems and institutions. Often, we are compelled through experiences we have, people we meet, and stories we hear. Through these encounters, we are transformed in a way that encourages us to want to make the world a better place.

This is where advocacy comes in! Advocacy is the way in which we can take these experiences and stories and put them into action. It means engaging with policy-makers in order to motivate them to implement policies that uphold our faith’s values of human dignity and respect.


Why we advocate?

As people of faith and members of the Columban community, we believe that politics should serve the common good and special care should be given to the most vulnerable in our society.

With Catholic Social Teaching as our lens, we advocate to ensure dignity for all, especially the marginalized. We are all called to participate in society, in economics and politics, and law and policies. As Catholics, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves about the injustices affecting those in need and our common home and then to work to change them.

By engaging in advocacy, we are putting our faith into action.


How to Advocate?


  • Read more about our priority issue areas. Educating yourself about issues you're passionate about is the first step! 
    • Research issues you care about and stay up to date by reading the news and tracking important bills and legislation.
  • Sign up for our action alerts and other emails to stay up to date on what's happening in Washington D.C. and around the world in Columban communities.
  • Sign up to receive the Columban Mission magazine to find out more about what Columbans are doing around the world.
  • Experience injustice first-hand! You cannot participate in advocacy without learning from affected communities first.


  • Story-telling: This is actually a great form of advocacy! Just by telling a story to your loved ones and friends about a moving experience can have a significant impact. You are amplifying the voices of those on the margins and are making their message of love and hope known.
  • Sign a petition: Signing a petition on an issue that is very pertinent to the stories you heard or the experiences you had can have a greater impact when many people sign it. There are strength in numbers!
  • Raise your voice to your member of Congress:
  • Raise your voice to the White House & administration:
    • Call the White House



You can find out who your member of Congress is by going to www.congress.gov. This website allows you to access information about your representatives, find information about committees, legislation, historical documents, and other resources relevant to U.S. policymaking. The entire legislative branch at your fingertips!

Other Congressional Resources:

U.S. House of Representatives: Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3121; Website: house.gov

U.S. Senate: Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3121; Website: senate.gov

The White House: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414 Comments: 202-456-1111 Website: whitehouse.gov