Certificate Program in Catholic Social Teaching

Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 4:00pm - Friday, September 28, 2012 at 8:00pm 6 days

This week-long, graduate level investigation of the Church’s deep patrimony of social teaching is open to diocesan administrators / department directors of Catholic organizations, and their staff, i.e. those in Religious Education, Catholic Charities, Catholic Conference, Social Justice, and other ministries.

It is also open to other clergy, religious, seminarians and lay leaders in philanthropy, business, the professions, and academia who wish to have an in-depth understanding of the Church’s social teachings from noted scholars, theologians, and professionals.

The certificate program promotes understanding and application of CST as developed and advanced by the magisterium over the past 119 years, starting with Rerum Novarum and emphasizing the Church’s current statement in Centesimus Annus, Deus caritas est and Caritas in Veritate.

Lecture Topics

The extensive program topics include:
•    Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching (CST)
•    The 3 Cornerstone Principles of CST: Human Dignity, Solidarity, Subsidiarity
•    History of CST
•    CST & Culture
•    CST & the Developing World
•    CST & Free Market Economy
•    CST & Democracy, and the Role of the State
•    CST & the Family
•    Consumerism & Alienation the Developed World’s Main Dysfunctions
•    CST a Pastoral Perspective

In addition to facilitated evening discussions on the Three Cornerstones of CST, Discernment and Spirituality will be explored.

Participants are welcomed to experience a retreat environment having housing at the Washington Retreat House including daily Liturgy of the Hours, Mass, and a personal tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


Early Bird Registration – August 15th    $1545.00     save $150.00
Registration Deadline –  Sept 15th      $1695.00

Program costs include classes, workbook, all meals, and housing. Meals are catered by Whole Foods Market, with a Friday night celebratory dinner. Transportation to and from program is not covered.

Call for Registration Information and CV’s of the professors.

Main Location:
Washington Retreat House
4000 Harewood Road NE, Washington, DC 20017
Program Contact:
Dr. Karen Shields Wright at 1-888-448-4788 or

Ideal for the:

Executive Academic Professional Religious/Clergy Young Adult Diocesan Directors Educator

Speakers / Panelists:

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