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)