Human Concerns

Human Concerns


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.  Outreach Ministries at the Cathedral are guided by the Human Concerns Commission, whose membership consists of Cathedral parishioners and the directors of our various outreach ministries.

Open Door Cafe

The Open Door Cafe is the heart of the Cathedral’s commitment to outreach, providing a free hot lunch to approximately 150 people a day, six days per week. In addition, the Open Door Cafe provides hygiene kits, transportation assistance and medical, veteran and housing-related outreach to our meal guests.  Learn more about our vibrant community Cafe here!

Prison Ministry

This ministry is coordinated by Deacon Tom Hunt. See this page for more information.

In addition, the Commission collaborates with these unaffiliated organizations:

St. Vincent de Paul Society (Cathedral/Old St. Mary Conference)
Provides food vouchers for parishioners of Old St. Mary and the Cathedral of St. John and those living within the two parish boundaries.  Hours of operation: Mondays (with the exception of holidays and the 5th Monday of the month) from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Riverwest Food Pantry
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.

Archdiocesan AIDS Ministry
This ministry is coordinated by Fr. Mike Hammer. See this flyer for more information.

Eastside Senior Services
Eastside Senior Services helps those 60 and better by connecting them to a caring community with free rides to the doctor, grocery stores, quick errands, simple home chores, friendly daily check-in calls and visits as requested. Staff will provide aging information, referrals and advocacy. Services that are provided by volunteers are based on volunteer availability. To volunteer or to get help, please call Jane Raymer at 414/210-5881 or email: To visit their website, following this link: EESWEB

JustFaith is a process that provides a context in which participants can grow in their commitment to care for vulnerable people and become advocates for justice. During this extended formation and justice education process, groups employ books, videos, guest speakers, discussion, prayer, retreats and hands-on experiences. Participants also form a community and share a journey of faith and compassion that is life-giving and challenging.

The Cathedral is offering the JustFaith series from September 2017 – August 2018 in collaboration with Three Holy Women, Old St. Mary’s, SS. Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Divine Providence Parishes. Please contact Andrew Musgrave at Three Holy Women 414/271-6577. if you are discerning participation in JustFaith.

Blog Posts

Read our blog posts regarding Human Concerns efforts by following this link: HC Posts

Monthly Digest

Each second Sunday of the month is Sharing Sunday. In addition to our generosity to the Open Door Cafe and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Human Concerns Commission publishes a bulletin insert highlighting activities and people associated with this area of ministry. See them by following the link:

June 2018 Monthly Digest: 6-2018D
May 2018 Monthly Digest: 5-2018D
April 2018 Monthly Digest: 4-2018D
March 2018 Monthly Digest: 3-2018D
February 2018 Monthly Digest: 2-2018D
January 2018 Monthly Digest: 1-2018D
December 2017 Monthly Digest: 12-2017D
November 2017 Monthly Digest: 11-2017D
October 2017 Monthly Digest: 10-2017D
September 2017 Monthly Digest: 9-2017D
August 2017 Monthly Digest: 8-2017D
July 2017 Monthly Digest: 7-2017D