creating positive change together


History of the Centre


Centre for Social Justice and Good Works ('Centre') is a timely and necessary ecumenical initiative created and led by people from the community of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

The Centre for Social Justice and Good Works (‘Centre’) opened in August 2015, but, Centres celebrated its grand opening on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

The move to create the non-profit organization began nearly two years ago, spearheaded by four local people: Frank Sarlo, chair of the Centre board; Mary Anne AmadioFr. Hamish Currie; and businessman Joe Ruscio. The group discussed issues with a variety of organizations to identify the needs in the community.

The Centre is a non-denominational organization. We are not a religious organization, we are completely ecumenical. We do hold a close relationship with Precious Blood parishioners and The Islamic Association of Sault Ste. Marie. If it was not for the individuals that attend Precious Blood and The Islamic Association of Sault Ste. Marie, Centre for Social Justice and Good Works would have never became a reality. "We are an open inclusive environment ... We are just promoting the good works of the community," Christina Coutu Executive Director

Centre is the central focus and message of “the Gathering Place” a unique and ambitious community development project that is being undertaken by a diverse group of community-minded people under the care and guidance of Precious Blood Cathedral.

The Centre was originally guided by a volunteer steering committee (“the Committee”) that operates within “the Journey,” a multi-faceted community project under the care and guidance of Precious Blood Cathedral.

Good works provides an opportunity to create inclusive and just communities and societies that provide individuals with the opportunity to understand, develop and utilize their individual potential and gifts with others with similar goals.

Inspired by the Catholic faith and built on the principles of Catholic social teachings, the Centre for Social Justice and Good Works also provide an opportunity to bring together diverse people and perspectives for the common good. In 2013, Pope Francis said that “Doing good is a principle that unites all humanity, beyond the diversity of ideologies and religions, and ‘culture of encounter’ that is the foundation of peace.” Catholic social teachings are universal and are comprised of the following principles:

  • Life and dignity of the human person
  • Call to family, community and participation
  • Call for solidarity
  • Dignity of work and rights of workers
  • Rights and responsibilities of the human person
  • Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable
  • Care for God’s creation.

The Pope has explained that doing good is not only a matter of faith: “It is a duty, it is an identity card that our Father has given to all of us, because He has made us in His image and likeness.”

The Centre is our community’s response to this duty and calling.