Catholic Social Teaching

St Adrian’s will continue to ensure that all members of our community understand the principle underpinning the ‘common good’. That it is the care for the greatest good of all persons.

“Because we are interdependent, the common good is more like a multiplication sum, where if any one number is zero then the total is always zero. If anyone is left out and deprived of what is essential, then the common good has been betrayed.” – The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales Choosing the Common Good, paragraph 8.

Catholic Social Teaching

“Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of His love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.”
Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

“The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and for solving present day problems in human society”
Saint John Paul II, Centesimus Annus

“The common good is the sum of those conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfillment” 
Vatican II

The themes of Catholic Social Teaching are: 

Human Dignity

Community and Participation

Care for Creation

Dignity in Work

Peace & Reconciliation


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Drawing on the words of St Paul, Christianity traditionally teaches that there are three virtues that are to be prized over all the others: faith, hope and charity.

“Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbour as ourselves for the love of God.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1822

Over the last five years the school has supported the following charities:

Harpenden Spotlight on Africa

Catholic Children’s Society

Children think of others during Lent and bring in donations for the Catholic Children’s Society


St Alban’s food bank (FEED)

Red nose day

The School Council led an assembly to tell us how the money raised will be used to help other people around the world.

BBC Children in Need