Social Justice

The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission strives to put Faith into Action.  We are committed to serve all God’s people and His creation In All Seasons by participating in charitable works of Social Action and by fostering a keen awareness of Social Justice.  We share concern for all people and their rights and responsibilities, as individuals and as family, with special regard for the poor and vulnerable.

Chairperson of Social Justice:  Mark Ray  email:   phone:  (804) 243-0562. 


The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission will be disbursing Tithing Grant funds on February 4, 2018.  Please consider nominating your favorite charitable organization!  Applications are due by January 29th.  Please click here for an application.



The St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus and the Social Justice Commission would like to thank the parish community for its recent support of its (third annual) Spaghetti Supper fundraising event.  Delicious food and good company was shared by all in attendance.  All proceeds from the event will be directed to the Iowa City Free Lunch Program ( which our parish continues to actively support through gifts of time and treasure.  A special thank you to all the volunteers and those who donated food to the event to make it a success.




Thank you to all who recently came to hear Kathy Kelly speak at St. Thomas More.  Kathy is a coordinator for Chicago-based Voices for Creative Nonviolence and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times.  Her remarks helped to paint a vivid picture of war torn regions of the world including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen and the plight of innocent women and children.   As Father Adam described, Kathy is a "prophet among us" and shared stories from refugees based on numerous trips to the region that we need to hear. 

Kathy asked that we act and reach out to our elected official to ask where they stand on House Resolution 81.  This is a resolution to help remove the US Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in Yemen.  See attached link for more details. 



Volunteer Opportunities With The Social Justice Commission


    Check back here for additional work days with Habitat for Humanity.  


    What you need to know:

    • Days are divided into 4 hour morning and afternoon shifts.  You can choose to work either a half or whole day. 
    • Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to be on the construction site.
    • Everyone ages 17 and under must provide a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
    • Everyone must fill out an annual safety waiver.  You must be there at the start of your shift to review safety instructions and daily tasks.
    • Everything you need will be at your volunteer location, but you are welcome to bring your own tools &/or materials. 
    • Wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes.
    • No prior knowledge or skills in construction is necessary. 


    For more information, contact Peggy Lyon at or (319)230-3059  or Mark Ray at (804)243-0562 or

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  • FAIR TRADE SALE - The STM Social Justice Committee and Green Team will begin selling Fair Trade coffees, teas and other seasonal products the first Sunday of each month beginning in October. Cash and checks will be accepted. Purchasing Fair Trade products helps producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions while also promoting sustainable farming practices. More information can be found at"


  • "The Last Shall Be First" Food Drive



"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripplies." 

                             ~Saint Teresa of Calcutta


  • The St. Thomas More Social Justice Commission would like to thank the parish community for its recent support of its Action for Africa Love Beyond Borders fundraiser lunch event.  Everyone enjoyed delicious traditional African fare and helped to contribute $1,200 toward supporting this not-for-profit founded by parishioner Veve N'Duhirahe.  Proceeds will be used to purchase and send medical supplies to the Diocese of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where they will be sent to rural areas of need as well as local clinics and hospitals.  Thank you so much for your strong support in helping those in need.

Pictures from the Action for Africa fundraiser lunch: 



  • Photos from other Social Justice Commission activities  

 Rice Bowl 1  Rice Bowl 2  Rice Bowl 3

Rice Bowl 4  Rice Bowl 5   Rice Bowl 6

Rice Bowl 7  Rice Bowl 8   Rice Bowl 9


Domestic Help

Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Johnson County Crisis Center

Natural Family Planning

Shelter House

Table to Table

Free Lunch Program

Coralville Food Pantry

North Liberty Food Pantry

Catholic Worker House

Habitat For Humanity


Other Resources/Faith Support

Consultation of Religious Communities
Home Faith
Cyber Faith
Rachel’s Vineyard
Vatican-Holy See
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Diocese of Davenport
Newman Center (Iowa City)
St. Mary’s (Iowa City)
St. Patrick’s (Iowa City)
St. Wenceslaus (Iowa City)


Catholic Schools

Regina Education