Social Responsibility

  • Co-Chair: Joan Shanahan, 290-6233
  • Staff Representative pro-tem: Erin Dwyer, 245-9733, x14, Erin by email.

Social Responsibility Ministry focuses a community free of oppression, through works of justice, charity and peace. Our ministry combines service and the pursuit of peace and social justice as well as education on the Catholic Social teachings.

Social Responsibility Steering Committee (SRSC): The SRSC works to empower parishioners respond to the Gospel call of compassion, justice and peacemaking articulated in Catholic social teaching. Members include representatives from the various working subcommittees and at large appointments. Ten Percent Committee oversees the disbursement of funds for emergency assistance and through grants and monetary awards to non-profit organizations. There are many opportunities for involvement in this ministry:

Social Responsibility Sub-Committees

  • Advocates for the Common Good: Participate in social action such as legislative action, political participation, education and action on local, national, and regional peace and social justice issues.
  • Epiphany Backside Ministry: Participates in the ecumenical ministry to Churchill Downs track workers and their families.
  • Dignity of Life: To promote understanding, respect and dignity of all human life always, from beginning to end, also known as the “seamless garment of life.”
  • Emergency Assistant Volunteer: Helps with the emergency needs of food and utilities by assisting Eastern Area Community Ministries and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
  • Environmental Concerns: Addresses matters of justice with our earth with a keen eye for environmental justice.
  • Eyeglass Ministry: Read and record eyeglass prescriptions for Kendall Optometry Ministry, who sends them to people in need in third world countries. Contact: Karen Cronin, 267-4344.
  • MOE/Men of EpiphanyMeets the 3rd Sunday of the month about 8 months of the year to hear a speaker. Service activities, periodically. Contact: Michael McLaughlin, 262-6032..
  • Peace and Nonviolence: Grounded in Catholic social teaching, addresses issues of violence in our community and world, stands against war and promotes peace through nonviolence.
  • Prison Ministry: Provides Catholic ministry to incarcerated persons at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Offers special art therapy project for children of jail inmates.
  • Solidarity: Promotes understanding, respect and dignity of all human life, from beginning to end, also known as the “seamless garment of life.”
  • Undoing Racism: Individuals in this group work on issues primarily in our own community and touches urban issues like gun violence and environmental justice.
  • Women's Concerns: Enables our community to understand gender inequities, violence against women, human trafficking, and more. Organizes the annual Mary of Magdala worship service.

Outreach Opportunities 

...not directly organized by Epiphany

  • AIDS Walk: Held generally in September. Contact: Chuck Mcintire 819-6928
  • C.L.O.U.T. / Justice Ministry Network: Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together brings greater justice in our community, especially as it affects the poor and marginalized. Contact: Joyce Voss, 254-7334 or Anne Schwartz at CLOUT, 973-714-3476.
  • Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Louisville: Contact: Deacon Lucio Caruso, 637-9786 or
  • Dare to Care: The Hunger & Poverty committee works closely with Dare to Care’s Back Pack Buddy, and the EACM / Eastern Area Community Ministries.
  • Franciscan Kitchen: a Catholic Organization that provides a well-balanced meal \ Monday thru Friday to anyone who comes to their door. Contact: 589-0140,
  • Habitat for Humanity: Epiphany collaborates with other area parishes to build one house bi-annually, and /or to work year-round building and rehabbing homes. Contact: Ellen Skomsky, 502-644-0227 or Chuck Sgro, 502-314-7657.
  • La Casita Center: Working to enhance the health and well-being of the Hispanic/Latino community. Contact: 502-322-4036 or
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society: Assist with the SVDP Truck pickup at the parish, call Jim English at 502-412-8779 or help serve the evening meal with other volunteers at SVDP Open Hand Kitchen. Contact: Diane Scheer, 245-9669.

Additional volunteer events occur during the year. Please watch for specific information in the bulletin, online and on the website