The creation of the Center for Social Concerns was inspired by the people, documents and principles of the Catholic social tradition. Growing out of the Center for Experiential Learning and the Volunteer Services Office of the 1970’s, the Center staff hopes to challenge ourselves and others in the words of John Paul II, to “the ‘new evangelization,’ … which must include among its essential elements a proclamation of the church’s social doctrine.”
Catholic Social Tradition Minor
The Catholic Social Tradition minor is an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Letters, co-directed by the Center for Social Concerns. Since its inception in 1997, the program has been committed to providing undergraduate students with a deeper understanding of the social ramifications of the Catholic faith by drawing on the wealth of resources of the Catholic Social Tradition as found in the official documents of the Church and the experience of the Catholic community.
Catholic Social Tradition Conference 2017
The Catholic Social Tradition Conference 2017 will address the thematic social justice issues in this seminal modern Catholic social thought document, especially those in the encyclical such as economic justice, international development, solidarity with the poor, peacebuilding and globalization, all of which gave rise to liberation theology and integral human development practices.