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."

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

Campus Ministry and the Center for Social Concerns want to highlight the call by the U.S. Bishops during this election season to form our consciences for faithful citizenship. Over the next three weeks, we will highlight a principle of Catholic Social Teaching through a short video to help in discerning the various choices that lie ahead. 

Week 1: Common Good

In the final video of this series, Tami Schmitz, Associate Director of Pastoral Care for Campus Ministry, and Mike Hebbeler, Discernment and Advocacy Education Director for the Center for Social Concerns, share about cultivating a community that reflects the Common Good through prayer and action.

additional election resources

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.

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Upcoming Events

December 2020

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Application Close | Winter Virtual Service Corps
Friday, December 4, 2020 (All day)
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Postgraduate Service Info Session | Farm of the Child (VIRTUAL)
Saturday, December 5, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

February 2021

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Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

April 2021