Catholic Social Teachings

Join us in 2024!

Join us in the final of three focused conversations on Catholic Church teaching about specific social topics, with presentation and dialogue about what the Church teaches, and why Catholic teaching addresses these issues in the way it does. Each session is 75-90 minutes long and includes a brief overview of two social justice topics and an introduction to related Catholic Social Teaching themes.

Registration is encouraged (see signup form below). Suggestions for pre-reading will be shared by email, and follow-up resources will be offered by email for further reading and opportunities for involvement in related ministries.

When: On the dates below after the 10:00 AM Sunday Masses from 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Where: Music Room

Final Session on MARCH 10
What & Why the Church Teaches about... Racism and Death Penalty & Restorative Justice - with a focus on the Catholic Social Teaching themes of the Life and Dignity of the Human Person, the Common Good and the Call to Family, Community, and Participation, and Rights & Responsibilities.

Contact: Cullen Larson, [email protected]

Past Sessions:

What & Why the Church Teaches about...Migration and Work & Economy
– with a focus on the Catholic Social Teaching themes of the Option for the Poor & Vulnerable, and the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers.

What & Why the Church Teaches about... Environment and Nuclear Weapons - with a focus on the Catholic Social Teaching themes of Care for Creation and Solidarity, Justice, and Peace.



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)


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