“For As I Have Done for You, So You Must Also Do” -John 13:15

Transforming Lives Through Social Work Practice

Catholic Social Services Philadelphia



Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia embraces the all to be servant leaders within our community, following the example of Jesus Christ who washed the feet of His disciples at the Last Supper. Catholic Social Services is rich in cultural and religious diversity yet united in our common call as children of one God and Father to serve our brothers and sisters in need and build a just and compassionate society.

Mission, Vision, Values, and Beliefs


Mission of Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia continues the work of Jesus by affirming, assisting, and advocating or individuals, families, and communities.


Catholic Social Services exists to transform lives and bring about a just and compassionate society where every individual is valued, families are healthy and strong, and communities are united in their commitment to the good of all. We envision a world touched by God’s mercy where poverty and need are alleviated, and all people share justly in the blessings of creation.


Compassion: genuine care and heartfelt concern for those we serve

Dignity: respect for each person created in God’s image, regardless of color, capacity, or age

Charity: generosity toward all people in response to God’s goodness to us

Justice: defense of and advocacy for the rights of the poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged

Excellence: professional competence and responsible stewardship of time and resources