Introduction Video for Principals and Teachers
As Catholic school educators in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, participating in the evangelizing mission of the Church, we are tasked with teaching all students their responsibility to act as disciples of Jesus Christ — especially within the context of today’s social challenges.
To assist schools, we’ve created The Catholic Social Responsibility Guidebook, a resource grounded in Catholic Social Teachings, Scripture, official Church documents, and the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools. It provides educators with clearly identified guiding principles for Catholic Social Responsibility, Catholic theological resources corresponding to each of the contemporary challenges, and demonstrated alignment of Catholic Social Teachings to current Archdiocesan curriculum, policies, and accreditation standards.
The guidebook focuses on four main challenges found in society today — Culture, Racism, Civic Participation for the Common Good, and Economics. We focus on these challenges through the lens of our Guiding Principles:
- Catholic Social Teachings provide the foundation for the instruction and formation of our Catholic school communities regarding all social issues.
- Catholic schools participate directly in the evangelizing mission of the Church and, as such, are called to “make disciples of all.”
- As central to their mission, Catholic schools will educate the whole student by effectively integrating faith, culture, and life.
- Catholic schools will teach and model the essence of Catholic social action: love for God and neighbor.
- Respect for all people will be a fundamental expectation for every member of our Catholic school communities.
To prepare yourself for questions about Catholic Social Responsibility that may come from parents or students, you’re encouraged to read the guidebook and watch the accompanying video to better understand what it means for you as an educator.
Download Catholic Social Responsibility Guidebook