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."

What is Catholic Social Tradition? 

When we talk about Catholic social tradition (CST), we often talk about principles like the preferential option for the poor and commitment to the common good. Those are important, but CST is much more than principles.

 

Living CST in response to COVID-19

In a spirit of solidarity, the Center for Social Concerns turns again to the Gospels and the Catholic Social Tradition (CST) for inspiration to work toward the common good during the current crisis. The faculty and staff of the Center for Social Concerns offer the following reflections and practical suggestions that we might each be people with hope to bring.

living cst in response to covid-19

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.

2021–22 Theme

The Center for Social Concerns invites you to join us as we consider our 2020–22 theme, "Dignity," and how to advance dignity in the world. "All are equal in human dignity." - #44, Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII

Dignity 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

October 2021

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Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
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Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
29
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

02
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
02
Getting Something to Eat in Jackson
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
05
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
09
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
11
Information Session | Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 8:00pm to 8:30pm
12
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
14
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
14
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
29
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

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Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
03
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm