Office of Social Concerns

The Office of Social Concerns fosters the formation and development of parish and area faith community (AFC) social concerns committees as well as the diocesan Social Concerns Committee, in accord with diocesan policy. The office promotes Catholic social teaching and education about social concerns, including rural life and pro-life issues. It supports legislative advocacy – Catholic participation in the development of social policy that respects human life, dignity and rights, and advances the common good. This office is involved with promoting corporal and spiritual works of mercy, faithful citizenship and social action, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship in the Diocese of New Ulm.


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Humanae Vitae articulates the Church’s teaching about human sexuality, conjugal love, and responsible parenthood

On July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI shocked the world when he defied the assumption of many that he would change the Church’s teaching on contraception. Instead, his encyclical re-affirmed the Church’s traditional teaching regarding family planning and responsible parenthood. There is an unbreakable connection between the unitive meaning and the procreative meaning [of the marital act] and both are inherent in the marital act. This connection was established by God and human beings are not permitted to break it. . .” (Humanae Vitae, 12)

The Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) on July 25, 2018. This papal document focuses on God’s plan for married love and the transmission of human life.


contact the office of social concerns:

Deacon Timothy Dolan
(507) 233-5326

Paulette Kral
Administrative Assistant
(507) 233-5318