Catholic Social Tradition

The creation of the Center for Social Concerns was inspired by the people, documents, and principles of the Catholic social tradition (CST). 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 to live up to the words of John Paul II to be part of the “‘new evangelization,’ which must include among its essential elements a proclamation of the church’s social doctrine."

The annual Catholic social tradition theme

Every year the Center selects an annual theme from Catholic social tradition to serve as a focus for annual programming and courses. The theme is drawn from a Papal encyclical or Bishops’ statement. The original document, along with other commentary and related resources provide context and background for analysis of pressing social issues.

2019–20 Theme

The Center for Social Concerns invites you to join us as we consider our 2019–20 theme, "Act Justly," and confronting racial injustice throughout the 2019-2020 academic year.
"The cumulative effects of personal sins of racism have led to social structures of injustice and violence that makes us all accomplices in racism." - Open Wide Our Hearts, USCCB

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.

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Upcoming Events

September 2019

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Application Open: ISSLP 2020
Monday, September 16, 2019 (All day)
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 8:00pm
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Peace Corps Application Workshop and Information Session
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:30am
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Community-University Partnerships: Fostering Knowledge for Social Change
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

October 2019

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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Higgins Labor Café
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Postgraduate Service & Social Impact Fair
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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Open Wide our Hearts Brown Bag Lunch Discussions
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Information Session: ISSLP 2020
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 8:00pm

November 2019

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Higgins Labor Café
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
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Application Close: ISSLP 2020
Sunday, November 3, 2019 (All day)
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Film CLASSics - Norma Rae
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 3:00pm
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Open Wide our Hearts Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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ISSLP Interview Day
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)

December 2019

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Higgins Labor Café
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 5:00pm