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

Act Justly Annual Theme

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

April 2020

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Livestream: Europe and the Ethics of Remembering
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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CANCELED: Clockwatchers (1978)
Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00pm
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Labor Café
Friday, April 24, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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CANCELED: Bread and Roses (2000)
Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 3:00pm

May 2020

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CANCELED: Sorry to Bother You (2018)
Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 3:00pm
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CANCELED: Postgraduate Service Send-off Ceremony 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

August 2020

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Information Session | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 4:00pm