CST Internet Resources

Educational Resources

Convocate Database
This database created by the Hesburgh Libraries and the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame brings Catholic Social Teaching and international human rights into dialogue. It is an excellent tool for information and research. 

The Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought(link is external)
The mission of the Lane Center (of the University of San Francisco) is to apply the Catholic intellectual tradition to social concerns and contemporary issues. Their site offers links to CST resources, as well as downloadable text from selected academic lectures related to CST. 

The John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought(link is external), Department of Catholic Studies 
This site from the University of St. Thomas offers useful links to additional CST resources. 

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities(link is external) 
The ACCU promotes Catholic higher education by supporting its member institutions, in particular their Catholic mission and character. 

Education for Justice(link is external)
The Faith + Justice Resource Library (membership required) offers members access to a growing library of thousands of text-based and multimedia resources to those who wish to study, teach, and practice Catholic social tradition.

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching(link is external)

Church Resources

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(link is external)
The official site of the USCCB, this site is a valuable resource for official Church documents and teachings on CST.

Vatican Official Site(link is external)
The Vatican website provides access to an extensive online resource library of over 60,000 documents.

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace(link is external)
This website offers access to documents and other statements issued by the Church specifically related to the Council’s mission of promoting peace and justice in the world. 

Prayer Resources 

Prayer Resources from the USCCB(link is external)
This page from the USCCB offers resources for prayer and reflection.

CRS Resources(link is external)
Visit this page by the CRS for prayers that foster global solidarity. Virtual Chapel

World AIDS Day(link is external)
On December 1st of every year, the world comes together to commemorate World AIDS Day. Get involved by hosting a prayer service in solidarity with all those who suffer from the disease. 

Catholic Research

Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA)(link is external)
The CRRA is a collaborative effort initiated by eight Catholic colleges and universities to share their resources electronically with all who are interested in the Catholic experience. The portal provides access to rare, unique, and infrequently held materials of interest to Catholic scholarship.

CST & Philanthropy

National Catholic Community Foundation(link is external)
The National Catholic Community Foundation recognizes the compelling presence of the Holy Spirit among donors in the United States. Therefore, it seeks to provide them with a philanthropic vehicle which honors their desires to support charitable, religious, cultural and educational activities in a manner which is effective, lasting and reflective of the human dignity proclaimed by the Gospel and affirmed by the Roman Catholic Church in its Second Vatican Council.

FADICA(link is external)
Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) connects philanthropists through a membership community to ensure lasting impact in support of a vital Church and human flourishing. FADICA spiritually enriches the Catholic philanthropic community, both individually and collectively.

CST Movements

Catholic Worker Movement(link is external)
Founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in 1933, the Catholic Worker Movement is grounded in a firm belief in the God-given dignity of every human person. 

Collaborative for Catholic Organizing(link is external)
This collaborative fosters community, nourishes spiritual development and builds power between organizers, theologians, and people of faith committed to community organizing within the Catholic context.

Corporate Social Responsibility Movement(link is external)
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility works to promote peace, economic justice and environmental stewardship by encouraging companies to engage in socially and environmentally conscious practices.

CST Issues

Domestic Poverty 

Catholic Charities USA(link is external)
Founded in the spirit of Catholic values, teaching, and traditions, Catholic Charities vigorously advocates for the reduction of poverty and works to build a sense of solidarity among those in charitable ministries. 

Poverty USA(link is external)
Poverty USA is an initiative of CCHD and was created as an educational resource to help individuals and communities to address the root causes of poverty in America. CCHD is an essential part of the Church in the United States’ social mission, and a unique part of the Catholic community’s broad commitment to empowering low-income people, families and communities.

Global Poverty

Catholic Relief Services(link is external)
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community and works to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in over 100 countries.

Caritas Internationalis(link is external) 
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations working to build a better world, especially for the poor and oppressed, in over 200 countries and territories. 


Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope(link is external)
A Pastoral Letter concerning migration from the Bishops of Mexico and the United States, Strangers No Longer is the first letter jointly written by the two bishops’ conferences.  


Bread for the World(link is external)
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice working to end hunger at home and abroad by advocating for changes in the policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist.       

Pax Christi USA(link is external)
Pax Christi USA is an organization committed to peace education that strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, and witnessing to the call of Christian nonviolence. 

NETWORK(link is external)
NETWORK, a Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace, educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation. 

Economic Justice for All 

Economic Justice for All(link is external)

A Decade After Economic Justice for All(link is external)

Catholic Rural Life(link is external)

“Humanizing the Global Economy” by Jeffrey Sachs(link is external)

Faithful Citizenship 

Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility(link is external)
Built around the United States bishops’ November 2007 reflection Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, this site offers a variety of resources related to Catholic teaching and political life. Included are resources for prayer, reflection, social action and education. 


Transform Work(link is external)
Transform Work (Brook House, Ouse Walk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England PE29 3QW) is a clearinghouse of information and materials relating to the faith and work movement in England and elsewhere. 

Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor(link is external)
Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor develops creative strategies and innovative public policy to improve workers’ lives in a changing economy. The Initiative draws on Georgetown’s distinctive identity—its commitment to intellectual excellence, grounding in the Catholic and Jesuit traditions, history of inter-religious cooperation, global reach, and prominence as an arena of policy debate in the nation’s capital—to advance prosperity, broadly-shared economic justice, and respect for the dignity of labor.

Dialogue on the Spirituality of Work
Greg Pierce, former president of the National Center for the Laity, hosts a cyberspace “Dialogue on the Spirituality of Work.” Send your e-mail address to his secure site.

Catholic Labor Network(link is external)  –  National Center for the Laity(link is external)
Fr. Sinclair Ourbre (Catholic Labor Network) hosts the National Center for the Laity website.

Laborem Exercens(link is external) – On Human Work(link is external)
Encyclical of Pope John Paul II, Issued Sept. 14, 1981

Rerum Novarum – On the Condition of the Working Classes(link is external)
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Issued May 15, 1981

Notable quotations from Catholic social teaching on the theme of Work and Workers’ Rights(link is external)

Theology Library on Labor(link is external) (*note: some of the links listed don’t work!)

Department of Labor(link is external)

Interstate Labor Standards Association(link is external)