The Peace and Justice Allies ministry began forming in 2020 as a way for parishioners to bring the social teachings of the Catholic Church to the community and world around us.  Chances are people already know what it means to be an ally for someone, standing with another who may not be able to stand by themselves.  Our allies ministry provides ways for us to stand with people in our community who need our support and friendship. 

There are currently working groups focused on three areas of justice ministry:

1. Respect for all life from conception to natural death, especially life in a mother’s womb

2. Racial and Ethnic Inclusion, with a special focus on anti-racism

3. Outreach and support to LGBTQ persons and their families.   

More working groups will form as people join and express interests in other areas (such as the environment, immigration issues, refugees, and criminal justice issues).  There is also an Allies Core Team that provides coordination and leadership for the larger group of allies.  The large group of allies meets quarterly.  The working groups meet more frequently to discuss issues and plan activities. 


Father John Regan at 815-436-2651, Ext. 802 or jregan@smip.org