+ Services We Provide
+ Parish Based Ministries
+ Children's Services
+ Adoption & Maternity Services
+ Refugee Services
+ Counseling Services
+ Alcohol & Drug Services
+ Domestic Violence Services
+ Rape Crisis
+ Health Ministry
+ Immigration
+ Disaster Preparedness
+ Parish Social Ministry
+ Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Offices of Parish Based Ministries

Catholic Charities, Inc. Offices of Parish  Based Ministries are programs tasked with integrating and maintaining Catholic identity through our services.  We represent, in some respect, the intersection of the Church with secular society.  These programs depend on the parishes to reach the communities they serve and to be the voice to the community be it through Mass, advocacy, volunteerism, or individual Catholic identity.

"The Church cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice.  She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper" (Pope Benedict XVI - Deus Caritas Est).

For more information, please contact:

Dorothy Balser--Director

(601) 355-8634 ext. 725

Parish Social Ministry provides consultation to parishes in four areas of social concern - education, direct service,  advocacy, empowerment.
  • Education
    Helps parishes explore Catholic Social Teachings and why responding to social concerns in not optional.
  • Direct Service
    Provides consultation to parishes in developing Social Concerns Committees and provides data on specific parish’s locale to help assess needs.
  • Advocacy
    Serves as the diocesan legislative advocate in addressing issues concerning the Church’s Consistent Ethic of Life, social justice concerns and many other issues affecting the mission of the Catholic Charities.
  • Empowerment and Rebuilding Coalitions
    Helps develop a broader base of support with people of similar values; and represents the Diocese at various interfaith and human service coalitions. 

Sue Allen, OFS -- Coordinator of Social Justice Ministry
Ph: 601-383-3849
Fx: 601-960-8493

The Office of Parish Health Ministry assists individual parishes to establish their own health ministries through the efforts of parish nurses and other volunteers, and may be able to help individuals find resources to medical or social needs that are not easily addressed.


Sister Pat Clemen, BSN, RN, MTS - Program Director
Cell: 601-213-6378

The Migrant Support Center seeks to “welcome the stranger” through direct services, education, and advocacy on behalf of the immigrants in our state.

Direct Services: 
The Migrant Support Center specializes in family and employment based immigration services, including permanent residence, citizenship, work authorizations and visa renewal.  These services are available to individuals and their families who are seeking legal status in the United States.

Services provided are as follows:
  • Petition for Alien Relative
  • Adjustment of Status
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Work Authorization Renewal
  • Extension of Stay
  • Citizenship/Naturalization
  • Self-Petitions for Abused Spouses and Children
  • Certification of Citizenship
  • Removal of Conditions from Residency
  • Temporary Protected Status
  • U & T Visas
  • Change of Address
  • Status Inquiry
  • Interpretations
  • Translation of Documents (Spanish / English)
The Migrant Support Center ensures that the immigrant community is aware of its rights and responsibilities as guests, alien residents, or citizens of the United States.  In collaboration with the Diocese Office of Hispanic Ministry, we continue to educate the general population about the immigrant community in order to promote understanding, acceptance, and protection of immigrant rights.

The Migrant Support Center staff advocate with parishes, employers, state agencies, civic organizations, and both state and national legislatures to promote the rights and general welfare of the immigrant community. 

Some of the issues that concern us:
  • Fair immigration policy that keeps families together and does not discriminate against the poor
  • Elimination of the backlogs (of years) for immigration benefits
  • Decent housing for immigrant workers
  • Ability to obtain a drivers license for immigrants
  • Ending the exploitation of undocumented workers
The Migrant Support Center is recognized by the BIA.  What is the BIA?
(Board of Immigration Appeals).  It is the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws.  In addition, the Board is responsible for the recognition of organizations and accreditation of representatives requesting permission to represent clients before the USCIS (formerly known as the INS).

The Center serves all immigrants, regardless of country of origin.  Our staff speaks English and Spanish.  Those who speak other languages should bring a translator.

Initial Consultation   $40.00

Contact us for any questions you have regarding your immigration status.

Amelia McGowan--Program Director
Ph: 601-948-2635

"The Church hears the suffering cry of all who are uprooted from their own land, of families forcefully separated, of those who, in the rapid changes of our day, are unable to find a stable home anywhere. She senses the anguish of those without rights, without any security, at the mercy of every kind of exploitation, and she supports them in their unhappiness" (John Paul II, Message for World Migration Day 2000, no. 6).

The Disaster Preparedness & Response Program serves Catholic Charities, Inc. and the Diocese of Jackson in coordination of response to and preparation for disasters across Mississippi.  Through coordination with local parishes, MEMA, FEMA, and local disaster response teams, serivices are brought to those suffering from natural disaster.

Services Provided:

Because needs and funds are often different services are limited to and may change according to particular disaster, level of severity of damages to impacted communities, individual needs, and local resources available.


For more information, please contact:
Dorothy Balser--Director
(601) 355-8634

The Family Life Center is located in Vardaman Mississippi and provides programs in support of those living in poverty and strenghtening families. 
  • Emergency Assistance
    Provides families with temporary relief from the fear of eviction and remaining homeless and with maintaining their electricity and/or gas.  This is only offered when funds are available.
  • Spanish/English Translation and Interpretation
  • Advanced ESL
  • Outreach Services
  • Resource and Referral
  • Summer & Afterschool Reading, Writing, and Comprehension for grades 4-5 and 7-8

Danna Johnson
Office: 662-682-9992
Cell:  662-321-3512
Fax: 662-682-9992