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SOC 201: Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching

SOC 201: Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching


Wednesdays from September 18 to October 30

6:30-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake

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Class Description

The Catholic Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure trove of wisdom and principles for building a just society and living holy lives amidst the challenges of our day. Modern Catholic social teaching is based on the authority of sacred scripture (the Bible) and apostolic teaching (Tradition), applied to the challenges that Catholic Christians face in a fallen world. This seven-week class is structured around the “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” identified by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Each of the sessions will be taught by an expert guest lecturer from the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

I am so thrilled to have been able to attend and participate in these classes! Well done! Loved having a different instructor for each topic!
— A LANE Student


  1. The Call to Family, Community, and Participation: Dr. Ray Guarendi, Clinical Psychologist and National Radio and Television Host

  2. Solidarity: Maggie Walsh, Associate Director of Mission Advancement, Social Justice, and Project Rachel at Catholic Charities West Michigan

  3. Rights and Responsibilities: Tricia Worrell, Program Director of Prison and Jail Ministry for the Diocese of Grand Rapids

  4. The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: Chris Slater, CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan

  5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers: Fr. Stephen Dudek, Director of the Missions Office of the Diocese of Grand Rapids

  6. Care for God’s Creation: Dr. Joseph LaPorte, Professor of Philosophy at Hope College

  7. The Life and Dignity of the Human Person: Fr. Nicholas Monco, O.P., Chaplain of the Saint Benedict Institute

Catechist Certification Credits

1.5 CEU or 7 DFH in Professional Theology