Myser Initiative Summer Planning Workshop

St. Catherine University faculty and staff have the opportunity to work on integration of the Catholic identity mission element into their work, teaching, scholarship, and service. These planning days provide an environment for input, individual work and sharing about how to integrate themes related to the Catholic intellectual tradition and/or Catholic social teaching into their work. Our mission says we prepare students to be transformational leaders who are ethical, reflective, and socially responsible. This week provides a focused opportunity for collaborative work on this goal. 

Reading resources

Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Practice Makes Reception: The Role of Contemplative Ritual in Approaching Art by Joanna E. Ziegler

Resurrection: Promise of the Future by Elizabeth Johnson

Stumbling Toward Grace: Meditations on Communion and Community in the Writing Classroom by Ann E. Green

"Yeast" by Walter Ong

You Are Here: Engagement, Spirituality, and Slow Teaching by Anita Houck


Catholic Social Tradition

A God of Life, a Civilization of Love: Justice, Mission, and Catholic Social Teaching by Daniel G. Groody

Bringing Social Teaching to Campus: Association Releases Document on Catholic Vision of Common Good by Joshua McElwee

Carondelet Magazine, Volume 3, examines the myriad ways the Sisters, associates and partners in ministry work to advance social justice in our world

Catholic Higher Education and Catholic Social Teaching: A Vision Statement, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, 2012

Catholic Social Teaching in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of College Students Learning CST by Michelle Nickerson and Harry Dammer

Catholic Social Tradition: Teaching, Thought, Practice by Michael J. Naughton

Simple Way to Help the World: The Practice of Catholic Social Teaching, by James B McGinnis, Kathleen McGinnis

Time Poverty, Women's Labor and Catholic Social Teaching: A Practical Theological Exploration by Claire E. Wolfteich


Pope Francis

Conscience at Work by various authors in C21 Resources, Fall 2016

Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel): Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in today's world

Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad)Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on the call to holiness in today's world

Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home: Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and human ecology or "Care for Our Common Home"


Sacramental Tradition

Acatamamento – Seized by Love by Marcia Allen, CSJ

A Reflection on our CSJ History with and within the Church by Jill Underdahl, CSJ

Consensus Statement, drawn from the central ideas of Jean Pierre Medaille, SJ, as expressed in the Primitive Constitutions of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Joseph

Finding God in All Things: A Sacramental Worldview and Its Effects by Michael J. Himes

Six Virtues, adapted from The Réglments, Lyon France, 1646, by Cathy Steffens and Jill Underdahl, CSJ