Mission Statement

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Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford continues the ministry of Jesus in faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church
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Our mission is to serve God's people for the common good with compassion, dignity and respect; to assist people in achieving a degree of independence consonant with their human dignity; and to work in solidarity with the Church and other people of goodwill in advocating for justice.


 Caritas: A Catholic Charities Auxiliary



“Caritas” is a Latin word meaning “love” and “charity”.  In 1986, caring and committed volunteer Lisa Rubin-Johnson, with the help of Jody Deery, recognized the additional good which could be accomplished with the help of a fundraising arm of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford.  Through their efforts, the Diocese's Caritas Auxiliary was formed.  Since then, the Auxiliary has raised more than $450,000 for youth and family programs within the Rockford Diocese.

Over the years there have been many selfless volunteers who aided the growth of Caritas.  We are a group of dedicated, loving people who embrace the mission of helping Rockford area children and their families.

Caritas Board    


Caritas donates funds to purchase a bus for the children of
St. Elizabeth so they can go on field trips.
His name is "Shorty". 

One Christmas "Shorty" was one of Santa's helpers picking up presents from Holy Family, Rockford
for the children we serve.     



Caritas strives to enhance children's dignity by helping Catholic Charities meet needs that are not available elsewhere.  Members' participation and generosity keep the Caritas dream alive by giving children the much needed support that they deserve.

To consider becoming a member of Caritas, click here for membership information.