Volunteer Spotlight: Joe Flanders

Joe Flanders created Captain Compassion to promote the mission  of Catholic Charities.

Joe Flanders created Captain Compassion to promote the mission of Catholic Charities.

You may have seen Catholic Charities’ purveyor of justice, Captain Compassion, as he calls us to our shared mission to be Christ’s merciful love to those who suffer. The creation of Captain Compassion’s message began with Joe Flanders, St. Bernard of Clairvaux parisioner, 2007 graduate of Bishop Kelley High School and 2012 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design.

When asked why he volunteers at Catholic Charities, Joe said, “Art is my calling. It’s weird for some people to say ‘It’s my calling to help the homeless’ or ‘it’s my calling to legislate and rule fairly and justly’ and I’m over here like “I WANNA DRAW THE HULK FIGHTING BATMAN!” It’s all I know how to do and it’s what I do best. I meet this calling by releasing my family-friendly webcomic, Ninja and Pirate, every Wednesday and Saturday. It can be found at NinjaandPirate.com and it’s a great fun read. When I was asked to make a character named ‘Captain Compassion’, I was really excited. Compassion is the most important part of not only Christianity, but all religions. If we condemn, judge, or oppress anyone, for any reason, I believe we are failing in our primal and most basic behavior as human beings. This is what life is about and this is what my art is about. I had a great time making ol’ Cap for Catholic Charities and I hope you all enjoy seeing the cute little guy.”

We appreciate this Catholic Charities hero and can’t wait for you to see what Captain Compassion has to say next!