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.

Social Action Department Brochure (PDF March 2015)

Social Action Newsletter

Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching


We recently sat down with young adults we work with here in the Social Action Office. We posed to them the question, How has God Called You? We find their answers inspiring! Their understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and being true to one’s calling may be informative for people of all ages, youth, young adults and for us who have been involved in social ministry for many years. We look forward to hearing comments on the project and ways you intend to share the video, and any subsequent feedback from your audiences. Peace and all good! Kent Ferris, OFS