Get Involved

  • Read Responses to 101 Questions on Catholic Social Teaching by Kenneth Himes, biographies of Dorothy Day and Caesar Chavez, and summaries of Church documents such as Rerum Novarum, Pacem in Terris, Centesimus Annus, Evangelium Vitae, and Economic Justice for All.
  • Become socially aware by keeping up on the world news (BBC and Catholic Trends are great sources), finding out the Church’s stance on issues through The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and reading up on corporations you support or from which you buy products.
  • Learn about and get involved with groups like Catholic Charities, Catholic Worker House, volunteer programs, and St. Vincent de Paul the best way to understand the problem is to see it first hand. A year of volunteer work will change or expand your views on issues tremendously.
  • Write letters to your government representatives, asking them to introduce bills that deal with your issue(s).
  • Sign petitions (but learn about them first!)
  • Find out what local groups are doing for social justice causes.
  • Create or become a member of a social justice discussion group.
  • Hold discussion panels, bringing in social justice speakers from St. Mary’s and the San Antonio community.