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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 

Dialogue for Justice is an Archdiocesan-wide initiative to strengthen Catholic advocacy on behalf of poor and vulnerable people in our communities. 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, convening 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, 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 Lourdes, Vancouver
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Everett
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, Snoqualmie 
  • Sacred Heart, Battle Ground
  • Sacred Heart, Bellingham
  • Sacred Heart, Lacey 
  • 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. 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

for the 2014 End of Session Report

Priority Issues
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Housing and Essential Needs (HEN)

Housing Trust Fund (HTF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)





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