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The Annual Catholic Social Teaching Seminar
An annual symposium for college student organized by The Path to Peace Foundation

The Path to Peace Foundation, in conjunction with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, conducts an annual symposium for college students. The Catholic Social Teaching Seminar usually takes place the week before Memorial Day. This unique experience offers students an introduction to the Social Teaching of the Church in general and the work of the Holy See at the United Nations in particular. Participants attend Mass every day and have an opportunity to visit the UN and meet Ambassadors and experts in international affairs. Lodging each night and most of the lectures are at the Bishop Molloy Passionist Retreat House in New York City.

Past CST Seminar participants have been privileged to hear and interact with H.E. Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia; H.E. Ambassador James Nicholson, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See; H.E. Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See; The Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C., Nobel Peace Prize nominee; The Hon. Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV, Superior General of the Sisters of Life; Sr. Mary Elizabeth Lloyd, MPF, author of Aids Orphans Rising; Rev. James Martin, S.J., author; Professor Helen M. Alvaré, Professor Ron Rychlak, and many Ambassadors to the United Nations.


Topics covered include:

  •     Introduction to the United Nations and to the Holy See Mission
  •     Natural Law
  •     Religious Liberty
  •     The Structure of the United Nations
  •     The Third Committee at the United Nations
  •     Life Issues
  •     Women's Issues
  •     Immigration and Migration
  •     Ethical and Social Dimensions of Economics
  •     The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
  •     The Role of NGOs
  •     Creating a Society of Hope and Peace in Israel, Palestine and Lebanon
  •     Nuclear Disarmament
  •     The Security Council
  •     The Holocaust and the Diplomacy of Pope Pius XII



Other Highlights of the Seminar:

  •     Daily Mass, Common Prayer and other Sacramental Opportunities
  •     Tour of the United Nations
  •     Briefing at the US Mission to the UN
  •     Mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral
  •     Meeting other college students from around North America



Become more familiar with:

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  •     Compendium of the Catholic Social Doctrine of the Church
  •     Documents of the Second Vatican Council
  •     United Nations Charter



CST Seminar Alumni have come from:

  •     Assumption University
  •     Ave Maria University
  •     Benedictine College
  •     Caldwell College
  •     Catholic University of America
  •     Christendom College
  •     Creighton University
  •     College of Mount Saint Vincent
  •     College of New Rochelle
  •     College of Notre Dame
  •     College of St. Mary
  •     De Paul University
  •     DeSales University
  •     Dominican University College (Canada)
  •     Duquesne University
  •     Fordham University
  •     Franciscan University of Steubenville
  •     Georgian Court University
  •     Georgetown University
  •     Loyola University Chicago
  •     Manhattan College
  •     Misericordia University
  •     Our Lady of the Elms
  •     Our Lady of the Lake University
  •     Saint Mary's College of California
  •     Saint Norbert College
  •     Santa Clara University
  •     Seton Hall University
  •     Siena College
  •     St. Ambrose Academy
  •     St. Bonaventure University
  •     St. John's University (New York City)
  •     St. John's University (Collegeville, MN)
  •     St. Peter's College
  •     St. Thomas University
  •     St. Mary's University
  •     Stonehill College
  •     The College of St. Catherine
  •     University of King's College (Canada)
  •     University of Mary
  •     University of Notre Dame
  •     University of St. Thomas
  •     University of Toronto (Canada)
  •     University of Windsor (Canada)
  •     University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  •     University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
  •     University of Wisconsin - Madison
  •     University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  •     Villanova University
  •     Viterbo University