About the Roundtable

Mission Statement

The Roundtable is the national association of Catholic diocesan social action directors and their staffs providing professional support to members through education, formation, professional relationships, and management development. The association is committed to deepening the capacity of social action directors to engage in the social mission of the church.

Who We Are

The Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors is the national professional organization for those who work with bishops and priests on matters of justice, peace, and respect life. Membership is open to diocesan staff, national organizations and religious orders, and Parish Social Ministers working to advance the social mission of the church.

Where We Are

Roundtable members hail from Arch/diocese, religious orders and parishes across the nation. We represent urban and rural communities, large and small dioceses, minority and majority populations.

Values/Belief Statement


It is God who governs the world with justice, who judges the peoples with fairness. 

“The Christian faithful are also obliged to promote social justice and, mindful of the precept of the Lord, to assist the poor from their own resources.”

“As leaven in the dough, the newness of the kingdom should make the earth "rise" by the Spirit of Christ. This must be shown by the establishment of justice in personal and social, economic and international relations, without ever forgetting that there are no just structures without people who want to be just.”

“Action on behalf of justice and participation in the transformation of the world fully appear to us as a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel, or, in other words, of the Church’s mission for the redemption of the human race and its liberation from every oppressive situation”

“Being a believer means that one lives a certain way—walking with the Lord, doing justice, loving kindness, living peaceably among all people. Christian discipleship means practicing what Jesus preached. Discipleship is found in a relationship with Christ and a commitment to His mission of ‘bringing good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind and setting the downtrodden free.’”

The Roundtable Association Believes…

The social mission of the church stems from the social mission of Christ.

Through building the capacity of diocesan Catholic social action offices, bishops, clergy, staff and parishioners can more fully realize the Church’s teaching

The Church is the vehicle to enact change in the world, since being called to be Church calls us to something deeper than that, which is present in secular organizations.

Social action directors can be part of Catholic Charities, a stand-alone Social Action office or another diocesan structure as long as directors believe in the Roundtable social action standards.

Its members are fed in a way that is relational, spiritual and professional. It is far more art than science.