Catholic Civics Workshop: Catholicism & Progress

Join us to explore Catholic perspectives of progress: one of the most influential and contested ideas of our times.

Progress is one of the most influential ideas in today’s culture and politics. It’s also one of the most contested. What is progress? Progress for who? And who or what is progressive? Join us to explore Catholic perspectives of progress featuring two leading thinkers on political theology and Catholic social teaching.


Douglas Farrow
Professor of Theology & Ethics, McGill University

Mark Shea
Catholic writer and speaker
(You can buy Mark’s books at You’ll find his blog at )

Catholic Civics Workshop: Communicating Like a Catholic

Our topic is a critical one for Catholics in public life today: communicating like a Catholic. It will be a conversation about having political conversations—how we can live out the dignity of the human person in the ways we evangelize, advocate, and communicate with our fellow citizens in public discourse, on social media and elsewhere; and how we can model Christ through love, joy, and hope amid a polarized public conversation too often defined by hatred and dehumanization. This is especially critical when in conversation with those who disagree with us.

This workshop is all about effective communication and, crucially, charitable communication through the lens of our Christian faith. How do we communicate with others as disciples called to see the face of Christ in everyone we talk to? This workshop aims to answer that crucial question and empower you as a Christian communicator no matter your vocation.

This is an important skillset for every Catholic civic and political leader—which is all of Christ’s disciples, including you! We hope you’ll join us for the discussion, featuring two extraordinary Catholic leaders and communicators:

  • Catholic author and speaker Leah Perrault; and,
  • Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation producer and host, Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann.
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