Catholic Social Teaching



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January 23 - March 13, 2023

Our Church’s social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith, and is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents.

In this reflection series, we will share several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition: 

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation

“CST 101” is a collaborative series with discussion guides provided by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Short videos bring the themes of Catholic social teaching to life and inspire us to put our faith into action.

Join us on 8 Monday evenings at 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM beginning on Monday, January 23, 2023 in the Family Center at St. Andrew. The series will meet 8 Mondays, January 23 through March 13.

Please fill out the form below to signup. You will receieve a confirmation email after registration.

Contact: Cullen Larson, [email protected]


The “CST 101” Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching will be facilitated by Cullen Larson, retired director from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the US Catholic community. Cullen and his wife Lola Larson joined St. Andrew parish earlier in 2021. Cullen’s CRS work frequently focused on how Catholic social teaching principles inform the work of CRS. He has often presented on CST in parish, diocesan, university, and other Catholic settings. He earned an undergraduate degree in theology and philosophy (Loyola University, New Orleans), and a master of pastoral studies degree (Spring Hill College, Mobile), and holds a master of public administration (University of Georgia), and a law degree (Emory University). His favorite quote from the Catholic Catechism is: “The Eucharist commits us to the poor.” (CCC #1397)