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"Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor." - Pope Francis

“As Catholics we are called to leadership in building community, advocating for justice and being part of the ongoing legislative process.” - Archbishop J. Peter Sartain 

The Dialogue for Justice is an exciting and successful Archdiocesan-wide initiative working with and on behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable in our communities. Bringing together parishes and organizations, Dialogue for Justice helps strengthen Catholic advocacy to reduce poverty and promotes collaboration so that all people may have access to the social resources that are necessary for and consistent with their dignity as human persons. Dialogue for Justice recognizes the fullness of Catholic teaching on the dignity of human life and the sacredness of each person at every stage and condition of life. Dialogue for Justice strives to address the particular life issue of poverty as part of our Catholic teaching regarding the preferential option for people who are poor and vulnerable. Dialogue for Justice focuses on the ways in which poverty threatens and destroys the sanctity and dignity of human life, and we advocate to create living conditions for families and individuals that honor and strengthen such sanctity.

The goal of the Dialogue for Justice is to partner with parishes and Catholic organizations to effectively advocate to reduce poverty in our communities through educating grassroots advocates, organization advocacy gatherings, providing legislative briefings, coordinating and supporting in-district meetings with legislators, encouraging participation in Catholic Advocacy Day, and providing advocacy resources to parishes and groups. The Dialogue for Justice is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Seattle and coordinated by Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, and the Washington State Catholic Conference.

Current Dialogue for Justice partners:


  • All Saints, Puyallup
  • Christ Our Hope, Seattle
  • Church of the Assumption, Bellingham
  • Holy Family, Kirkland 
  • Holy Rosary, Seattle
  • Holy Spirit, Kent
  • Immaculate Conception, Everett 
  • Immaculate Conception, Mt. Vernon
  • Immaculate Conception, Seattle 
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sedro-Woolley
  • Mary Queen of Peace, Sammamish 
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe, Seattle
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Everett
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Snoqualmie 
  • Our Lady of the Lake, Seattle
  • Sacred Heart, Battle Ground
  • Sacred Heart, Bellingham
  • Sacred Heart, Lacey 
  • St. Anne, Seattle
  • St. Anthony, Renton 
  • St. Bridget, Seattle
  • St. Charles Borromeo, Tacoma
  • St. Francis of Assisi, Burien
  • St. James Cathedral, Seattle 
  • St. John the Baptist, Covington
  • St. Joseph, Issaquah
  • St. Joseph, Seattle
  • St. Joseph, Vancouver
  • St. Jude, Redmond 
  • St. Louise, Bellevue 
  • St. Luke, Shoreline
  • St. Mary, Seattle
  • St. Michael, Olympia
  • St. Michael, Snohomish
  • St. Patrick, Seattle
  • St. Rita of Cascia, Tacoma
  • St. Therese, Seattle


  • Adrian Dominican Sisters
  • Archdiocese of Seattle
  • Catholic Community Services of Western WA
  • Catholic Housing Services of Western WA
  • Franciscan Health System 
  • Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center 
  • JustFaith
  • PeaceHealth
  • Permanent Deacons 
  • Providence Health & Services
  • Seattle King County Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
  • Sisters of Providence
  • Sisters of St. Dominic, Tacoma
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
  • Voice of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paul of Western WA
  • WA State Catholic Conference






Together, our advocacy…

  • Protects the dignity of people who are poor and vulnerable;
  • Takes seriously our responsibility to ensure that the rights of persons in need are realized; and,
  • Urges legislators to implement programs and policies that give priority to the human dignity.



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Josephine Tamayo Murray
VP for Public Policy
(206) 328-5701

Patricia C. Repikoff

Pastoral Advocate for Mission
(206) 328-5708 

Flo Beaumon
CCS/CHS Advocacy Team Leader
(206) 324-5401


Priority Issues
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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Housing and Essential Needs (HEN)

Health Care - Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Services

Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

Immigrants & Refugees

Abolish the Death Penalty

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