"Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God's voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium)

"The common good is the sum of those conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfillment." (Vatican II)

Once again CAPP-USA is privileged to extend an invitation to experience a week-long, intensive course and reflective time on Catholic Social Teaching (CST).  The 2017 CST course is scheduled from Sunday, Oct. 29 - through Friday, Nov. 3, at the Washington Retreat House, Washington D.C.

It is with deep conviction that we suggest that the present day complexities of political debate and the extreme humanitarian crises have increased the stresses of our individual daily lives.  You are invited to partake in this week-long course and the retreat atmosphere that is provided - perhaps more needed at this time than in previous years.

The Church's social doctrine offers us a way to live our life and contains a set of 'principles for reflection' to form our conscience; 'criteria for judgement' to evaluate the framework of society; and 'directives for action.'

Pope Saint John Paul II emphasized placing the insight brought upon by CST into the actions/path and setting of our daily lives.  In Centesimus Annus (CA), he wrote that Catholic Social Teaching: "must not be considered a theory, but above all else a basis and a motivation for action." (CA, 57)

Why take the course?

When we are baptized, we are claimed for Christ.  We are anointed as Priest, Prophet and King.  That means we are called to reach out and minister to others.  We are called to spread the Good News.  We are called to be both leaders and servants.  We are called to be a prophetic Voice in today’s society.

This intensive one-week course on the study, investigation and reflection on Catholic Social Teaching as developed and advanced by the Magisterium for more than 125 years is a road map and tool that helps equip us in living out our “personal responsibility” to reflect the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ and to be able to articulate what is right and what is just in the market place.

We invite you to consider being a participant in this year’s course. For the course particulars, please click here or go to our Events page.

 "The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and for solving present day problems in human society." (Pope Saint John Paul II, CA, 55)

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Pope Francis affirms the necessity of harmonious collaboration among all social forces (business men and women, governments, civil society), with each one committed, according to their area of expertise and responsibility, to the pursuit of the common good.  Read more