of the Human
The Cathedral of St. John
the Evangelist, as a place of healing, acts in solidarity with the poor
and marginalized, promotes human dignity, and works for justice through
direct service, formation, advocacy and systemic change.
The Human Concerns Commission
of the Cathedral's Parish Council participates in several
outreach ministries. The following are brief descriptions of
them. Should you wish detailed information, select the
ministry in the menu to the left.
The Open Door Cafe
Meal Program for neighbors in need; transportation assistance; hygiene
kits and socks; Women's Breakfast Club; Feeding America/ Miles For Meals (formerly called Hike for Hunger); Helen Loftus and David Ippolite Christmas
Party (in collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul Society, ICC Men's
Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner).
This ministry is
coordinated by Deacon Tom Hunt.
In addition, the Commission
collaborates with these unaffiliated organizations:
Vincent de Paul Society (Cathedral/Old St. Mary
Food vouchers for homeless and those in need; Badger Care fee
funding; Helen Loftus Christmas party (in collaboration
with Open Door Cafe).
The Cathedral supports the Riverwest Food Pantry.
Riverwest Food Pantry has two locations: St. Casimir’s
Church hall and Gaenslen School. People living in
their neighborhood are eligible for a monthly
allocation of food. About a dozen volunteers staff the
pantry each week. To volunteer or make a donation,
please contact Donna Fletcher at 414/704-6046.
This ministry is coordinated by Fr. Mike Hammer.
The Human Concerns
Commission (HCC) membership consists of Cathedral
parishioners and the directors of our various outreach
ministries. Our main focus is continuing support for these