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Annual Catholic Social Teaching Seminar

Catholic Students and the Common Good: Building a Better World

A week long seminar on “Catholic Social Teaching Catholic Students and the Common Good: Building a Better World” was held May 20-25, 2007. The purpose of the meeting was to give to the 50 young college students more exposure to the social and moral teachings of the Church in order to contribute solid values and convictions to the formation of their minds and consciences. Some of the universities and colleges represented this year are:

  • Fordham University
  • St. John University
  • Seton Hall University
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. Thomas University
  • College of Notre Dame
  • Caldwell College
  • College of St. Mary
  • Stonehill College
  • The Catholic University of America
  • College Misericordia
  • Siena College
  • St. Mary's University
  • Benedictine College
  • Mt. St. Mary


Students attended meetings at the United Nations and lectures at the Holy See Mission. Speakers include:

  • Most Reverend Archbishop C. Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN
  • Most Reverend Archbishop C. Chaput, OFM, Archbishop of Denver
  • Hon. Douglas Roche OC, former Canadian Senator
  • Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, Ph.D.,M.D., St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers
  • Br. David Carroll, FCS, Catholic Near East Welfare Organization
  • Senior officials of the United Nations
  • Ambassadors to the United Nations

Topics covered include:

  • Diplomacy and the Holy See
  • The impact of the Catholic Social Doctrine of UN Activities
  • Poverty and Social Development
  • World Peace and Security
  • Global impact and Human Rights
  • Christian Communities and Peacekeeping/Peacebuilding
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • Trafficking and Women's Issues
  • Terrorism and Drugs

Other Highlights of the Seminar:

  • United Nations Tour
  • Special Lunch time lectures with sitting Ambassadors
  • Group Community Service Project
  • New York City Tour
  • Visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Movies, Interesting Discussions
  • Mass, Community Prayer and Other Sacramental Opportunities
  • Meeting other college students from around the country

Become more familiar with:

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

Watch program produced for Salt and Light Television regarding the Catholic Social Teaching Seminar

For more information, please call Father Vittorio Guerrera at 212-370-7885.