2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching


Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00pm - Friday, November 02, 2018 at 9:00pm 6 days

The 2018 Certificate Course in Catholic Social Teaching(CST) will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Washington Retreat House (directly across from The Catholic University of America), the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 2, 2018. This course is jointly sponsored by CAPP-USA and The Catholic University of America.

This joint program promotes the understanding and application of Catholic Social teaching as developed and advanced by the Magesterium for over 125 years, starting with Rerum Novarum and emphasizing the Church’s current statement in Centesimus Annus, Deus Caritas Est, Caritas in Veritate, Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si’.

The week-long, graduate level investigation of the Church’s deep patrimony of social teaching is open to diocesan administrators/department directors, and their staff, in Religious Education, Catholic Charities, Catholic Conference, Social Justice, and other ministries. It is also open to 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 teaching from noted scholars, theologians, and professionals.  

Program 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 and Mass. If the schedule allows, there may be some time to explore the area shrines.


Early Bird Registration – payment by September 30th:  $1545.00 - save $150.00.
                  Early Bird Registration still available:  $1545.00

Final Deadline Registration – October 12th $ 1695.00.

Download Registration Information/Application

The program fee includes tuition, lectures, housing, meals from Sunday evening to Saturday a.m. 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 28, 2018
Please arrive at the retreat house by 3:00 PM to register for housing, and settle-in.
Program begins with Mass, Dinner and Introduction/Welcome - 4:00 PM.

Departure:  Saturday, November 3rd
Program ends with a Mass & Dinner on Friday evening (November 2).
Breakfast provided for a Saturday morning departure..

Program Preparation:
Review Pope Saint John Paul II’s Encyclical, Centesimus Annus, Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est, and Caritas in Veritate; and Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si’.

What to Wear:
Program - Business Casual
Dinners - Sunday and Friday – jacket for men, and a nice outfit for women.


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

Ideal for the:

Academic Diocesan Directors Educator Professional Religious/Clergy Young Adult

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