What is CST?

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is based on our belief in God who is love and His special relationship with humanity. God sent us His Son and gives us His Spirit, and each of us has a role in sharing the love and community found in the Trinity. CST challenges us to express our faith through our actions and build a better society by reaching out to the most vulnerable. The Church encompasses the two footprints of Social Justice and Social Action.

Social Justice

Working to remove root causes of injustice and improve societal structures.

Social Justice Ministry Initiatives at Newman include:

  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Food Security
  • Refugee Resettlement Support
  • Respect Life at Newman

Social Action

Directly serving those in need.

  • Food Recovery Network
  • Refugee Resettlement Support
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Freedom House
  • Chatham Literacy
  • Beautification of the Newman Center
  • Club Nova
  • Table
  • Arc of Triangle
  • SECU Family House
  • Crescent Green Assisted Living
  • Interfaith Council (IFC)
  • Paws 4 Ever
  • Gleaning
  • College Service Project
  • Alternative Spring Break

Social Justice and Social Action are rooted in seven key principles that guide our understanding of human nature and the social concerns of our world today.

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation

To learn more, visit United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.