Peace & Justice

ACCU offers a wide range of resources for students, faculty, and administrators at Catholic colleges and universities who want to promote social justice using the themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) as their guide. In addition to the material on this and related pages, the online Resource Library includes papal encyclicals, USCCB documents, and other CST-related publications. Within the Resource Library, select the category "Peace and Justice Faculty" to find resources specifically for faculty working in Catholic Social Teaching. Faculty may also benefit from reviewing examples of CST integration in sample course syllabi.

A Catholic university… is called on to become an ever more effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world's resources, and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community … If need be, a Catholic university must have the courage to speak uncomfortable truths which do not please public opinion, but which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society

Pope John Paul II: Ex corde Ecclesiae


ACCU authors a Peace and Justice blog, featuring recent news of Catholic higher education peace and justice-related initiatives, including events taking place at member institutions. Receive monthly notice of new material by e-mailing Lexie Bradley.

Read Catholic Higher Education & Catholic Social Teaching: A Vision Statement, which explains the areas in which CST can be implemented, taught, and advanced on college and university campuses. The Vision Statement is used on campuses in various ways to promote CST among students, faculty and administrators.


Sustainability is a key effort by many Catholic colleges and universities to live out the principles of care for creation. Among the resources here, ACCU offers Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration, and Inspiring Action: Catholic Higher Education and Laudato Si'.


NEW: The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities is excited to announce our new partnership with Solution Generation, a coalition of higher education institutions committed to leading by example on a path to a positive future for climate solutions. Read more...


Vision-of-Justice With a foreword by ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, A Vision of Justice draws together the insights of social scientists, historians, and theologians to introduce readers to central topics in Catholic Social Teaching and provide examples of how it is being put into action by colleges and college students.


A new resource for college students and millennial-age Catholics addresses issues such as living wages, the role of government, budgets, taxes, and more from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching. In This Together: Catholic Teaching and a Moral Economy is a free guide used by many Catholic college and university campus ministers and social justice leaders. Read the brochure, or order copies for your campus at  



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