Voting: A Catholic Duty

One of the major tenants of Catholic Social Teaching is that we enjoy numerous rights and responsibilities as people of faith. As Catholics, we have a responsibility and obligation to participate in the democratic process by voting with an informed conscience. While the Catholic Church does not endorse candidates, it does seek to share teachings. 

To learn more about Catholic teachings on relevant issues, please visit the English / español sites of the Washington State Bishops.

To access the Washington State Elections website for registration and other information, please visit the English / español sites.

Past Statements from the Washington State Bishops:


A Prayer for Elections

Lord God, as elections approach,
we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.
We ask for eyes that are free from blindness
so that we might see each other as brothers and sisters,
one and equal in dignity,
especially those who are victims of abuse and violence, deceit and poverty.
We ask for ears that will hear the cries of children unborn and those abandoned,
Men and women oppressed because of race or creed, religion or gender.
We ask for minds and hearts that are open to hearing the voice of leaders who will bring us closer to your Kingdom.

We pray for discernment
so that we may choose leaders who hear your Word,
live your love,
and keep in the ways of your truth
as they follow in the steps of Jesus and his Apostles
and guide us to your Kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our Civic Association Potlucks on the evening of the third Thursday of each month are just one of many opportunities to learn more about the downtown Seattle community we are a part of. 

Past speakers have included: 

  • Erik Houser, Communications and Public Affairs Director from the Campion Advocacy Fund on ending youth homelessness and legislative advocacy 
  • Sara Wamsley, Policy Manager for the Housing Development Consortium (of which Catholic Housing Services is a member) on housing and policy
  • Jessica Zimmerle, Program and Outreach Director and Leda Zakarison, Outreach Coordinator from Earth Ministry on caring for our environment and WA Initiative 1631

Visit our calendar for a complete listing of upcoming events.

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