Discussion Series: Catholic Social Teaching

posted by Mike on July 22nd, 2012

7-9pm, five consecutive Wednesdays starting September 12, 2012. At SS. Francis & Therese Catholic Worker, 52 Mason St, Worcester, Massachusetts.

This fall, the Worcester Catholic Worker community is offering a series of weekly round-table discussions on the rich and evolving tradition of Catholic social teaching. Catholic Worker academics Michael Boover and Marc Tumeinski will give an introductory presentation.

Schedule of Presentations

  • Sept. 12: General introduction to the social teachings, their origin and themes
  • Sept. 19: Dignity and the Common Good
  • Sept. 26: Family Life, Property ownership
  • October 3: (The Feast of the Transitus) Sr. Rena Mae Gagnon of the Little Franciscans of Mary will present on St. Francis as an example of a preferential option for the poor.
  • October 10: Colonialism/Economic Development/Disarmament

For more than 120 years, Catholic popes, bishops, and Church Councils have issued documents on the social and political challenges of our time, including economic justice, nuclear disarmament, and the right relationships between individuals, communities, and their governments. But these critiques, seldom preached from the pulpit, are unknown to many Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

For example, did you know that in 1967 a papal encyclical warned about the problems of multi-nationals, free trade, and the growing divide between rich and poor? Or that way back in 1891 a pope advocated a living wage for workers?

We will look at the major themes and principles of Catholic social teaching and their expression in social movements and the lives of the saints. There will be ample time for discussion following each presentation, and of course refreshments. All are invited.

So if you are feeling discouraged by election rhetoric and the silence of many church leaders on social justice, then join us in the upstairs kitchen of 52 Mason Street as we consider life-giving concepts like the common good, solidarity, subsidiarity, and the dignity of the human person.

For updates, call 508-753-3588.

Audio from Anna Maria Catholic Social Teaching conference

posted by Mike on May 22nd, 2007

Here’s some audio from the day I spent at the conference, April 16, 2007.

The session was on “Property Ownership in Modern Society: Rights and Responsibilities.” If you’re truly curious, check out the Archive page or download the mp3 zip file (75MB). For a taste, download Ed Schofield’s closing comments (8MB mp3).

Speakers:

  • Daniel Dick, past president of the Tatnuck Brook Watershed Association and creator of the Energy Studies curriculum at Worcester State College
  • Brayton Shanley of the Agape Community, Ware, MA
  • Michael and Diane Boover of Worcester
  • Fred Enman, SJ, Assistant to the Dean, Boston College Law School and founder of “Matthew 25,” on the urban housing rehabilitation nonprofit and Catholic social teaching
  • Dr. Peter Weiskel, Ph.D., hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey
  • Edmund A. Schofield, Director of Education at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, and past president of the Henry David Thoreau Society

Ed Schofield
Ed Schofield

Peter Weiskel on Massachusetts water resources

posted by Mike on April 19th, 2007

USGS hydrologist Peter Weiskel lectures on “Massachusetts water resources.” From a conference on Catholic Social Teaching at Anna Maria College, April 16, 2007. Download the mp4 (73MB) or see other formats.

Indymedia newsreel

posted by Mike on April 19th, 2007

In this week’s newsreel from Worcester Indymedia, there are some video clips of Fr. Fred Enman and Brayton Shanley, from the Catholic Social Teaching conference. I’m not going to post them elsewhere, so check them out here. [Download the mp4 (14MB)]

Daniel Dick on Worcester’s water supply

posted by Mike on April 18th, 2007

Daniel Dick, past president of the Tatnuck Brook Watershed Association and creator of the Energy Studies curriculum at Worcester State College, talks about Worcester’s water supply. From the 2007 conference on Catholic Social Teaching at Anna Maria College, April 16, 2007.

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April 16 photos from CST conference

posted by Mike on April 17th, 2007

Here’s some photos from the Catholic Social Teaching conference at Anna Maria. I used a videocamera in a dark room, so they’re not the best.

Michael Boover
Michael Boover

Nine Days in April: Schedule

posted by Mike on March 16th, 2007

Seeking and Working for Social Justice and Peace as Guided by Nine Themes of Catholic Social Teaching: An Easter Novena and Conference at Anna Maria College.

50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, Massachusetts

April 10-21, 2007
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Nine Days in April: A Free Conference Guided By Catholic Social Teaching

posted by Mike on March 4th, 2007

Seeking and Working for Social Justice and Peace as Guided by the Nine Themes of Catholic Social Teaching: An Easter Novena and Conference at Anna Maria College, 50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, Massachusetts.

April 10th through 21st, 2007

The Theology and Religious Studies Community at Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA invites you to a multi-day conference on the nine themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Each day of the conference is devoted to one of the nine themes. This spring conference purposely coincides with Anna Maria’s student musical, “Cotton Patch Gospel” by Harry Chapin which will be presented on the evenings of Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 at 7 PM.

The Novena/Conference aims to increase understanding of and enthusiasm for the faithful pursuit of social justice and peace called for by Scriptural inspiration and admonition, Christian tradition, and the century-plus old promulgation of social encyclicals issued by recent Popes. The Conference will also attend to the documents of the Ecumenical Councils and select pastoral letters issued by Bishops’ conferences.