Louis Damani Jones

Louis Damani Jones

I’m a Master of Social Work student at Washington University concentrating in clinical social work. I’ve earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. In addition, I’m an EngageDemocracy Fellow at the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, a institute founded by Congressman Richard Gephardt to foster a civic-minded spirit in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m also a research assistant at the Center for Social Development, specializing in Financial Capability and Asset-Building (FCAB).


I spent two years working for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Diocese of Belleville, IL. In the time, I also worked on state-based lobbying issues and policy for Catholic Charities of St. Louis.


Currently, I sit on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on the Mission Integration and Advocacy Committee. Other volunteer projects include a podcast called Living Communion, launching soon. I am a certified catechist of the Diocese of Belleville. Beginning in January, I will be working with a ministry of the Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Urban Programs, located in East St. Louis, Illinois. With them, I will be working on program management, development, and training in Catholic Social Teaching besides clinical work with clients.


Louis Damani Jones is the 2020 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


I have a deep passion for speaking about human rights and poverty from a Catholic lens, as well as Catholic social teaching broadly. I also have a love for everything New Evangelization!


Locations of prior talks, panels, and retreats include the Diocese of Crookston, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Diocese of Springfield, the Diocese of Belleville, and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis among others.






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