Event Archive

Spring 2015 Highlighted Theme: Dignity of Work and The Rights of Workers

Our guest speaker: Derrick Cartwright, PhD
Director of University Galleries

Dr. Cartwright will offer a "backstage tour" of the exhibit Selma, 1965: Bruce Davidson and the Photography of Civil Rights and offer reflections on the role that the dignity of work played in this important historical movement.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
12:00-1:30pm in UC Forum C

In support of this theme, and to continue their efforts to honor the dignity of each worker at USD,
The Department of Human Resources will provide a special dessert!

“Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work, to use an image, “anoints” us with dignity, fills us with dignity, makes us similar to God, who has worked and still works, who always acts.” Pope Francis in his homily on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1, 2013
For more information on the social teachings of the church regarding the dignity of work and the rights of workers, please visit

Fall 2014 Highlighted Theme: Solidarity

Our guest speaker will be Everard Meade, PhD. 
Director, Trans-Border Institute
Dr. Meade will share his research and reflections on the recent humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children  from Central America arriving at our border and how the value of solidarity informs our response.

Wednesday October 8, 2014

12:00pm-1:3pm in KIPJ Room A&B


"I would like to make an appeal to those in possession of greater resources, to public authorities and to all people of good will who are working for social justice: never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity!
No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!"
- Pope Francis

Spring 2014 Highlighted Theme:  Call to Family, Community and Participation

The 20th Annual All Faith Service

Theme: Call to Family, Community and Participation
January 30th, 2014
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m..
Shiley Theatre

In lieu of the CST Ambassador Luncheon, we excitedly and proudly invite you to a lecture with Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (Lunch will be included)
This lecture will serve as the Spring 2014 CST Ambassador Reflection.

In celebration of Black History Month and in awareness of Catholic Social Thought 

The University of San Diego proudly welcomes
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Hahn University Center, Forum C
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Fall 2013 Highlighted Theme:  Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, September 12, 2013
The Immaculata
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Please join us for this wonderful tradition that is over 450 years old. People of all faiths are invited to this common prayer which celebrates the beginning of each academic year. During the mass, we ask for the inspiration, guidance and presence of God's spirit on all of our campus activities. All members of the university community are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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Fall Ambassador's luncheon

2013 Fall Luncheon, Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Degheri Alumni Center, room 120
Speaker: Rev. Neal Wilkinson, S.J.
Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe church in San Diego.

Reflection: TBA

“Which Way Home” Film followed by Panel discussion.

This Social Issues Conference Event co-sponsored by Council for the Advancement of Catholic Social Thought, the Center for Christian Spirituality, Center for Community Service Learning, Social Issues Conference Committee and the Changemaker Hub.

When: November 21, 2013, 6pm-8pm.
Where: School of Leadership and Education Studies (SOLES)
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium
Discussion to follow with special guests:
Beatriz Lopez
Education Program Director, Southwest Key Programs
Carmen M. Chavez, Esq.
Executive Director, Casa Cornelia Law Center

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The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train they call "The Beast." Director Rebecca Cammisa (Sister Helen) tracks the stories of children like Olga and Freddy, nine-year-old Hondurans who are desperately trying to reach their families in Minnesota, and Jose, a ten-year-old El Salvadoran who has been abandoned by smugglers and ends up alone in a Mexican detention center, and focuses on Kevin, a canny, streetwise 14-year-old Honduran, whose mother hopes that he will reach New York City and send money back to his family. These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow.

They are the ones you never hear about – the invisible ones.

Spring 2013 Highlighted Theme:  Care for God’s Creation

All Faith Service

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 12:15 p.m. in Shiley Theatre
This service brings together in prayer the leaders of faith communities, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. The theme this year is Care for Creation. All are welcome.
For further information, contact Office for Mission and Ministry, or ext. 4656

Spring Ambassador’s Luncheon

2013 Spring Luncheon, Tuesday February 26, 2013
Speaker: Colin Fisher, PhD. Associate Professor, History
Environmental Historian (click for biography)

Reflection: From the perspective of an environmental historian, Professor Fisher will share his thoughts about Catholic Social Thought and the Environmental Justice Movement.

Earth Day Celebration, April 23rd during dead hours.
Office of Sustainability in partnership with the Changemaker Hub.

Fall 2012 Highlighted Theme: Promotion of Peace

Mass of the Holy Spirit

The annual celebration at USD that marks the beginning of each new academic year and highlights the semester’s CST theme for prayerful consideration in our lives. Each year, the Bishop of San Diego celebrates the mass.

Fall Ambassador’s Luncheon

2012 Fall Luncheon
Speaker: Dean Edward Luck, PhD
USD Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Reflection: Working for peace based on a common value of the responsibility to protect.

Contact Information

Catholic Social Thought
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4600