Courageous Voices: Inspiring the Next Generation of Bold Church Leaders

Founded as a diocesan college, Carroll College maintains a special focus on service to parish communities throughout the diocese and the greater Helena, Montana area. For over ten years, faculty in the Theology Department have taught as part of the Diocese of Helena’s Pastoral Ministry Program, leading participants through study of the Bible, Church doctrine, Christian history, liturgy, spirituality, ethics, and leadership skills. This two-year program trains laypeople to be more effective leaders in their parish communities.

Similarly, the San Damiano Scholars Program for Church Leadership at Marian University (IN) educates and forms students to serve as leaders in the Church or in faith-based non-profits, schools, or healthcare environments. The program is grounded in Franciscan values and graduates students who are well-formed in the faith and prepared to be leaders in the Church.

Over the next few weeks, we will release short stories about the courageous voices of our member colleges and universities.  Stay tuned to hear about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.

Additional Recommended Resources on CST-based Economic Justice

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. “CCHD: Catholic Higher Education Success Stories.” Includes economic justice initiatives. Available here.

Pope Francis. Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Available here.

Faith In Public Life. “In This Together: Catholic Teaching and a Moral Economy” . Available here. Additional information here.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Economic Justice for All: Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1986. Available here.

USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development. “#Synod14 also talked family economics.” To Go Forth. Available here.


The Faith in Public Life document, In This Together, USCCB economic justice site, and the Spring Hill College theology library provide additional lists of resources on economic justice.  Check out their lists for  more great resources!

Conference/ Call for Papers: Church, Theology and War

September 8 – 11, 2014

 The Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain will hold its annual 3-day conference on “Church, Theology and War: Remembrance and Collusion” September 8-11, 2014. The CTA invites scholars to join the conversation on the historical, theological, and contextual issues of war, and the Great War in particular. Click here for the call for papers (PDF) and here for the schedule.