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.

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.

Calendar

Event Date
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor 10/05/2021 - 7:00pm
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Upcoming Events

August 2021

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Engaged Learning Forum | "Back to Normal" and Continuing to Grow
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
23
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
23
Meet Me at the CSC!
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
24
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
25
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00pm

September 2021

07
Application Open | ISSLP 2022
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
08
Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
13
Application Close | Community Impact Grants
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
15
Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
21
Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
26
Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

October 2021

04
Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
05
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
13
Information Session | ISSLP 2022
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm