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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:

    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


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