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.

Contemplative Prayers for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism

In collaboration with the Respect Life Office for Urban Ministry and the family of parishes including Old St Mary’s, Three Holy Women, Saints Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Divine Providence, the Cathedral hosts Contemplative Prayers for Reconciliation and Healing of Racism on Fridays from 12:15 – 12:45 in the Cathedral at 812 N. Jackson. Join us in person or wherever you are. To sign up to receive the weekly prayer service in your inbox, please click here.

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 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.