122 pages – Suggested weeks to complete 10 weeks minimum

Table of Contents
Chapter One – Catholic Social Teaching from the Beginning
Chapter Two – Christendom and the Rise of the Enlightenment
Chapter Three – The Church Speaks of New Things
Chapter Four – A Cry for a More Human Anthropology
Chapter Five – The Second Vatican Council: Continuity and Renewal
Chapter Six – John Paul II: Evangelization and Personalism
Chapter Seven – The Eucharist as the Source and Summit of Christian Life
Chapter Eight – Social Doctrine in the Twenty-First Century

Appendix I – Glossary of Key Terms
Appendix II – For Further Reading
Appendix III – Timeline of Catholic Social Teaching Documents
Appendix IV – Lists of the Core Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
Appendix V – Vatican II, the Incarnation, and the Sincere Gift of Self

A sample two-hour session
7:00 p.m. – Hellos
7:15–7:20 p.m. – Opening Prayer
7:20–8:50 p.m. – Read & Discuss
8:50 p.m. – Closing Prayers/Announcements
9:00 p.m. – Goodbyes

Supplemental resources

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Such a refreshing study – such a joy to hear CST associated with the Church and not the political football it has become in our day!


Join us as we dig into the riches of Catholic Social Teaching! Timeless and timely, Catholic Social Teaching provides a framework for human freedom and happiness rooted in God’s plan for all of humanity. Endow’s Study Guide takes a historical approach to Catholic Social Teaching, beginning with Creation and the Fall, Christ Himself and the Gospels, and then takes a close look at the key Magisterial documents and influential figures from the Modern Era.

Navigating the study
Each chapter is divided into three sections. This study can be comfortably completed in 10 weeks, reading aloud and discussing two of the three sections of a chapter during each session. 

For an 8 week study, groups can either move through the sections more rapidly or be selective about which sections to complete. It is not expected that all the questions should be answered in one session or at all.

This commentary was written by Claire Fyrqvist. Claire lives with her husband and six children in the Catholic Worker neighborhood in South Bend. They spent several years working in the local pro-life movement, and Claire now splits her time between writing, gardening, caring for eight chickens and a rabbit, and running a Montessori Children’s House.

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