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To assist the Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida and the faithful, to implement the principles of Catholic Social Teaching through an annual diocesan-wide gathering (LEAVEN Conference) and a system of registered Social Justice Advocates, who help bring Gospel values to domestic and international public policies. The department also sponsors a diocesan-wide Environmental Justice Commission.


Highlights of Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Call to Family, Community, and Participation in the Common Good

Human Rights and Responsibilities

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers

Global Solidarity

Care for God’s Creation


Dr. Volodymyr Smeryk, M.A., M.B.A., J.C.D., J.D.Chancellor
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