Advocacy and Justice


Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Office of Advocacy and Justice promotes the social mission of the Church through education and legislative advocacy efforts. Called to evangelize individuals, institutions, and the culture through personal witness and public outreach, we act on behalf of those who are voiceless. We provide opportunities in the parish and community for ongoing conversion and social transformation, seeking always to protect and defend the sacredness and dignity of human life.

Programs and Services

Survey for Social Good

The Diocese of Orlando is conducting an important survey to understand the ...

New Weekly Program Helps Seniors Form New Friendships

Laughter and joy emanated from the community room at St. Anthony Garden ...

Our Mission of Mercy

A significant aspect of the many ministries that Catholic Charities offers is ...

Homeless Man Finds New Home and New Hope with Catholic Charities

“This is the best part right here,” William said as he turned ...

We’re Introducing Mobile Services for Seniors

For more than three decades the Lakeland Activity Center for Seniors, a ...

Extreme Makeover at Pathways to Care

With paintbrushes and hammers in hand, members of the Congregation of the ...

40 Ways to Mercy

A Lenten Journey for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy ...

Parish Partnership Extends Reach of Catholic Charities in Brevard

Maria Vargas came to the United States from the Colombia jungle 30 ...

Contact Us

ShearerDeborahDeborah Stafford Shearer, Director
407-658-1818 x1084  |

Deborah Stafford Shearer has been with the Diocese of Orlando for more than 21 years. Most of those years have been dedicated to serving as the Director for the Department of Advocacy and Justice. An Orlando native, Deborah graduated from Rollins College and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Central Florida. Deborah’s role is to serve as an advisor and consultant to the bishop on issues of public policy and Catholic Social Teaching. She fulfills the mission of the office by overseeing the implementation of the social mission of the Church in the Diocese of Orlando.

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The Office of Advocacy and Justice has a variety of social justice resources available for parishes, schools, and religious education programs including: brochures, booklets, programs, and packets organized by theme of Catholic social teaching.

Advocacy and Justice ResourcesOur Bishop Grady Memorial Library has close to 3500 VHS, DVDs, audiotapes, and CDs on a number of topics that can be borrowed as needed. Search our catalog and order online or call 407-246-4897 for more information.

Bishop Grady Memorial Library