Catholic Higher Education and Catholic Social Teaching: A Vision Statement


This statement is the outcome of an initiative begun by the ACCU Peace and Justice Advisory Committee. Over 150 participants who attended the 2009, 2010, and 2012 ACCU Peace and Justice Gatherings helped outline, write, and shape the vision statement. The current version was published in September 2012.

You can download Catholic Higher Education and Catholic Social Teaching: A Vision Statement in brochure form (Adobe Reader required).  This brochure is an effort to create a user-friendly statement that is accurate, academic, and visionary.

We encourage you to use the statement with faculty, staff, and students and let us know what you think. "Implementing the Vision Statement" offers examples of how it can be used on campuses. If you would like to share your experience in using the Vision Statement on campus, please post it through the Comments section, below.

The new book A Vision of Justice: Engaging Catholic Social Teaching on the College Campus, edited by ACCU Peace and Justice Advisory Committee members Susan Crawford Sullivan and Ron Pagnucco with a foreword by ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, expands on the themes of the Vision Statement.

In addition, the National Catholic Reporter published an article on the vision statement in November 2009. The article—"Bringing Social Teaching to Campus"—was written by former ACCU intern Joshua McElwee.


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