Office of Social Action



Welcome to the Official Website for the Office of Social Action of the Diocese of Davenport.

Mission Statement

To support communities of faith in our Diocese in acting upon Catholic Social Teaching Principles.


History of the Two Feet of Social Justice.

Two FeetThe Two Feet of Social Justice logo was the inspiration of Msgr. Marvin Mottet, the first director of  the Social Action Department in the Diocese of Davenport.


Credit: Social Action Department, Diocese of Davenport,780 W. Central Park Ave, Iowa, 52804-1901, 563-324-1911,  Concept developed by Rev Marvin A Mottet.

Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Social Action Department Brochure (PDF March 2015)

Social Action Newsletter


Laudato Si - On Care of Our Common Home

Read the Encyclical:    Laudato Si - On Care of Our Common Home

Resources: From the Vatican, USCCB, and Catholic News Service (CNS)

Glossary of Terms (CNS)

USCCB: Statement by Archbishop Kurtz

USCCB: Environmental Justice Page
-Caring for God's Creation: Resources for Liturgy, Preaching, and Taking Action
-Laudato Si Discussion Guide
-Laudato Si Bulletin Insert

USCCB: Other Resources for Parishes

Vatican Video
Resources: From Other (Arch)dioceses and Theologians

Fr. Bud Grant: Pope has every right to speak on climate (Catholic Messenger)

Toronto Archdiocese

Word on Fire (Fr. Robert Barron)

Washington Archdiocese - Resources for Parishes
-Complete Parish Tool-Kit
Resources: From Social Justice Organizations

Catholic Climate Covenant Homepage (Encyclical page)

Prayers from Laudato Si (Catholic Rural Life Wesbite)

CRS Rice Bowl Collection

Thank you for using CRS Rice Bowl in your parish this Lent!. The prayers and devotions that your community has offered through this program are bringing new life to our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters in our own communities and around the world. 

CRS/Rice Bowl Remittance due May 31:  25% of the money collected from the parishes will be disbursed to qualified grant applicants.  The meeting to decide the recipients is in June.  Please remit all contributions by May 31 to ensure all available money is received. 

Please submit your Rice Bowl collections promptly to:

Diocese of Davenport
Finance Department
780 West Central Park Ave
Davenport, IA 52804-1901

  Please clearly marked that they are CRS Rice Bowl contributions. 

We are now accepting grant applications for the local share of the CRS Rice Bowl and CCHD Collection.

Grant deadline is May 31st 

Grant Criteria

CRS Rice Bowl 2016 Materials Postcard: Parishes are to watch the mail for the CRS Rice Bowl Lent 2016 Materials Order.  Please Review and update your order quantities if needed otherwise you will be sent the same quantity of materials you received in 2015.  If you donít have any updates you still need to mail the postcard back to CRS.