The Purpose of the Workshop
To promote the
incorporation of Catholic Social Teaching into existing course syllabi and the development
of new courses with a significant Catholic Social Teaching component.
Who is Eligible
Full Time Faculty. We welcome
scholars without regard to religious belief, and we particularly encourage junior faculty
members and younger scholars to apply.
Each summer since 2001, the Office for Mission
Effectiveness has sponsored a summer seminar for Villanova University faculty on Catholic
Catholic Social Teaching is a
humanistic tradition of inquiry. It transcends our usual categories of conservative
and liberal when investigating social, economic, and political reality. It
articulates the dignity and social nature of each person. Further, it explores how a
Christian understanding of the person and society works to improve human institutions and
practices. Catholic Social Teaching emanates from a Church coming to grips with the
challenges of industrial capitalism. It examines the importance of values as
foundational for professional life and the attainment of the common good. The vision
of a consistent ethic in professional life is a work in progress -- Catholic Social
Teaching attempts to provide a foundational methodology for such a consistent ethic.
An April luncheon
meeting is provided for all participants and presenters to promote community and provide a common
understanding for the workshop. In May, five daily seminars include Continental
breakfast at 8:30 am, followed by a seminar session and lunch, followed by group
Seminars address the
overarching themes of justice, human dignity, war and peace, work, solidarity, and consumption.
Readings from the social encyclicals and related
materials will be provided. Specific topics will be detailed in the
announcement and schedule for each workshop.
[Based on daily participation]