The National Advocacy Center educates and develops strategies to address social justice issues and advocates for the transformation of society to the benefit of all people.
NAC reflects the spirituality, history and mission of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, working in solidarity with the disenfranchised - particularly families, women and children.
At the NAC, we amplify the Good Shepherd voice by linking the ministries and services of the Sisters, lay associates, and lay staff around the country to speak up and work for change in the structures of society.
NAC organizes the Good Shepherd constituency to petition the United States Congress to act favorably on issues that impact those on the margin.
Federal Budget as Moral Document
NAC is part of the Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, and we released a faith reflection on the budget outlining "priorities are grounded in shared values that together ensure a just foundation upon which to grow the economy and strengthen our country."
"We view the budget as a moral document, outlining the values and priorities of this country. The federal budget should be a budget that fosters hope, opportunity, and a place at the table for all, especially those experiencing hardship and oppression."
Read complete Reflection here.
"Affordable, universal health care is not a privilege, but a requirement to protect the life and dignity of every person. The government has an obligation to ensure that affordable health care is accessible and available to everyone." ~ Larry Couch, Director, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Stop Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking comprises the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
In America, 60,000 men, women, and children are enslaved at this very moment.
Get this toolkit to educate individuals and members of parishes and organizations and then to help them mobilize and put an end to human trafficking.
Paid Family & Medical Leave
You’ve been sick. Did you stay home? Was your job at risk? Who took care of your sick little kindergardener with fever? You? Was your job at risk?
Paid family and medical leave enables workers to earn time off to tend to a sick family member, take care of a new baby or newly adopted child or to take time to recuperate themselves. We all need a fair shake.
Read more on our Poverty Page.
Do you have a story to tell supporting paid family and medical leave? We would love to hear from you. Please visit our Outreach Page to share your story.
Bishop McElroy Calls Us to Become Disruptors
San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy spoke passionately and urgently to activists attending the World Meeting of Popular Movements.
He closed his remarks by saying, “So let us see and judge and act. Let us disrupt and rebuild. And let us do God’s work."
Provincial Sr. Madeleine Munday, RGS, declared, "It's inspiring to know we have such a bishop."
Bishop McElroy earlier had noted, "Pope Benedict lamented the diminishment of attention to the importance of objective truth in public life and discourse. Now we’ve come to a time when alternate facts compete with real facts, and whole industries have arisen to shape public opinion in destructively isolated and dishonest patterns."
"We have to rebuild this nation so that we place at its heart the service to the dignity of the human person, and asserts what that flag behind us asserts and is our heritage: Every man and woman and child is equal in this nation and called to be equal," he said.
Read more in a National Catholic Reporter article by Brian Roewe.
Find out more about the latest work of the NAC and our lobbying efforts, as well as recent press releases.
Make Your Voice Heard
Reach out to your elected officials and others on important policy decisions impacting the common good.
Visit Congress at Home
A face-to-face meeting with your Member of Congress, or a key member of their staff, is the most effective way to lobby your views.