Catholic Social Teaching [CST] Course

The ‘new evangelization’, which the modern world urgently needs and which I have emphasized many times, must include among its essential elements a proclamation of the Church’s social doctrine.
— Pope St. John Paul II, Centesimus annus
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What is Catholic Social Teaching?

How do we critically evaluate whether politics, economics, and culture conform to the Gospels?

NORTHEAST CATHOLIC COLLECTIVE is pleased to present a 9-week interdisciplinary course that will unpack these essential teachings through live lectures, interviews with influencers, multimedia, and real world engagement. Starting November 19 and running through December 17, 2019, the first module of the course will begin at 7:00 PM every Tuesday. The second module will commence March 3 and end March 24, 2020, again on Tuesdays at 7PM.

This course is made possible by a generous grant from Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota and is hosted at St. Clement Church, a campus of Holy Cross Catholic Church, in NE Minneapolis. The principle instructor is Richard Aleman (The Distributist Review) with special guest instructors Dr. Michael Naughton (Chair, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas) and Jason Adkins (Exec. Dir., Minnesota Catholic Conference).

The goal of this course is to:

  • UNDERSTAND the fundamentals of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church

  • TRANSCEND left/right political positions and instead think with the mind of the Church

  • APPLY the social teachings in the real world

Registration Is Required

The cost of the course is $50.00. Registered students will receive a FREE copy of the book, “A Reader in Catholic Social Teaching”—a collection of papal social encyclicals edited by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski. Course materials will be available for registrants on the first day of class.

Space is limited. Deadline to register is October 31. Call 612-930-0860 or email


Course Instructor

Richard Aleman is former executive director of the American Chesterton Society and served as a public policy and grassroots organizer for the Minnesota Catholic Conference. He co-founded and serves as editor-in-chief of The Distributist Review. He has been published in notable Catholic magazines, including The St. Austin Review, Gilbert, The Australian Record, Houston Catholic Worker, and The Bellarmine Forum, and was editor for the books The Hound of Distributism: The Solution to Our Economic Crisis (ACS Books, 2011) and Justice & Charity by Ven. Fulton J. Sheen (ACS Books, 2016). Richard currently serves as an Auditor for the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.