Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching


Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm - Friday, November 03, 2017 at 9:00pm 6 days

Earlybird Registration deadline extended to October 15th!

The 2017 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Retreat House (directly across from The Catholic University of America), the week of Oct. 29 – Nov. 3, 2017.  This course is jointly sponsored by CAPP-USA and The Catholic University of America.

The joint program promotes the understanding and application of Catholic Social teaching as developed and advanced by the Magesterium over the past 126 years, starting with Rerum Novarum and with emphasis on the Church’s statement in Centesimus Annus. Special reference is also made to Pope Benedict’s encyclicals, Deus Caritas Est and Caritas in Veritate; and Pope Francis’ Laudato si.

Lecture Topics

The extensive program topics include:

  • Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching (CST)
  • The Three 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


Download Conference Information and Registration Form

Early Bird Registration – payment by October  15th:   $1,545.00 save $150.00

Final Deadline Registration – October 22nd:   $1,695.00    

The program fee includes tuition, lectures, housing, meals from Sunday evening to Saturday a.m. (if needed) and workbooks. Transportation costs and arrangements are the responsibility of the participants. 

(Please mail check (made out to CAPP-USA) and copy of your registration form to: Mrs. Patricia Fakharzadeh:  829 Ellis Place, Oradell, NJ 07649. 

For information call (201)599-2123 or email:

Housing:  Washington Retreat House
4000 Harewood Road NE Washington, DC 20017 
Phone: (202) 529-1111

Arrival: Sunday, October 29, 2016
Please arrive at the retreat house by 3:00 PM to register for housing.
Program begins with Mass, Dinner and Introduction/Welcome - 4:30 PM.

Departure:  Saturday, November 4th 
Program ends with a Mass & Dinner on Friday evening (November 3).   
Breakfast with box lunch provided for a Saturday morning departure.

Program Homework Requirements:
Become familiar with Pope Saint John Paul II’s Centesimus Annus, Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est, and Caritas in Veritate and Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium.

What to Wear:
Program - Business Casual
Dinners - Sunday and Friday - coat and tie for men, and “Sunday best” for women.

Main Location:
Washington Retreat House
4000 Harewood Road NE Washington, DC 20017
Program Contact:
Patricia Fakharzadeh at

Ideal for the:

Academic Dioscean Directors Educator Professional Religious/Clergy Young Adult

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