Formation

FormationDo you need a speaker to present church teaching on the following topics? We can present an overview of Catholic social teaching to those exploring the faith in parish RCIA, youth Confirmation programs, or any adult education setting. These presentations can be tailored to your needs, from one hour to an all day workshop.

  • 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 Worker
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God’s Creation
  • Subsidiarity

Parish Assessment Tool

Forming a Parish RLSJ Committee

The A-R-T of Justice & Peace for Parishes

This workshop will orient people to parish justice & peace/social ministry. Participants learn to reflect on social issues and formulate appropriate responses. The session focuses on Catholic social teaching, the importance of justice & charity, and the A-R-T process (i.e., Act, Reflect, & Transform). [two hours]

Organizing a Social Justice Committee

Starting a successful parish Justice & Peace/Social Ministry Committee isn’t easy. This workshop
identifies the steps in forming a committee, what has worked in other parishes, and resources to help prepare committee members and the parish community for this important work. [one hour]

Parish Respect Life Ministry

This session will help those in Respect Life Ministry. It will focus on the four key elements that the U.S. Bishops identify in their Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities -- public education on the sanctity of human life, pastoral care for vulnerable persons, public policy advocacy, and prayer & worship. [one hour]

Project Rachel

Through Project Rachel—the Catholic Church’s post-abortion healing ministry—women can find forgiveness and peace of heart through compassionate counseling and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Project Rachel—a network of healing in the heart of the Church—was founded in 1984 by Vicki Thorn, then the diocesan pro-life director for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. As a diocese-based ministry, Project Rachel is a network of specially trained priests, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering the aftermath of abortion. Depending on diocesan resources, support groups and retreats may be offered in addition to individualized care.

Becoming a Fair Trade Parish

Fair Trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. This is an interactive experience and participants will leave with a better understanding of global trade practices and ways to tip the scales towards justice.[ one hour ]

Faithful Citizenship

What does the Church teach about politics? What is the role of faithful Catholics in shaping public policy in light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.”— Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, No. 13. Join us for a presentation on this important document. [two hours]

The Gospel of Life

This presentation summarizes Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical letter, The Gospel of Life, the issues in that document, and the Holy Father’s challenge to build a culture of life. [two hours]