Social Justice and Community Service Committee


The Social Justice and Community Service Committee mobilizes the parish community by promoting opportunities to serve those in need and to give witness of our faith in Jesus Christ through concrete acts of love and service that overcome our selfishness and indifference.

Committee Chairmen

Chairman: Phil Downey
Vice chairman: Chris Maher

Staff Liaisons: 

Fr. John Benson and Norma Canedo.


Interested parishioners are invited to attend committee meetings on the last Monday of each month at 6:45pm in the East Conference room



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Make a Donation to the Social Justice Ministry

Your gift to the Social Justice Ministry at St. Matthew's Cathedral will help to bring God's mercy to our brothers and sisters in greatest need. By giving your time, talent, and treasure, you are helping to build the Kingdom of God here in Washington, DC. Please follow the directions below to make a gift to the Social Justice Ministry.


  1. Choose “Donate” to the right.
  2. After filling out the form with your address and credit card information, click “Review Donation and Continue.”
  3. Choose “Comments” and in the comments window, indicate how you would like your gift to be used. For example, you may choose the following:
    • Adopt a Family Program (Specify: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or Back to School Drive)
    • Emergency Assistance Fund (utilities, rent)
    • Homeless Ministry
    • Respect Life Ministry
    • Social Justice Advocacy and Education Ministry
    • Special Projects (specify project)
  4. If you wish your gift to remain anonymous, please indicate that as well.

Many thanks for your support!