faithful citizenship


The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents the guidance of the Bishops for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.

Catholics have a long tradition of shaping our world to protect human life, lift up the common good, promote global solidarity, and care for each other. To promote civic engagement in all ages and stages of life, a number of resources have been made available to us. Please check them out below!

College Campuses and Young Adult Groups

College students and young adults have an important role to play in living their faith through participating in our democracy. Here are some resources produced by our Bishops, designed to inspire and aid our young adults. 

 Adult Faith Formation and Small Group Faith Sharing

Novena for Faithful Citizenship

Family Guide to Faithful Citizenship

 Clergy and Liturgists

Coming together to share the Eucharist is the most meaningful thing we do. Our time together has many opportunities to share and spread the message of Faithful Citizenship. Here are some resources!

Liturgy Guide

Bulletin Insert #1

Bulletin Insert #2


Civil Dialogue Bulletin Announcement

Conscience Formation Handout

Catholic School and Parish Formation Programs

Preparing to live our faith begins with our families and formation programs. Here are some ways to bring Faithful Citizenship into our formation programs:

Adult Small Group Discussion Guide

DRE and Catechist Ideas

Ideas for Catholic School Teachers and Principals

Elementary Lesson Plan A

Elementary Lesson Plan B

Elementary Lesson Plan C

Elementary Lesson Plan D

Jr & Sr. High Lesson Plan A

Jr & Sr High Lesson Plan B

Jr & Sr High Lesson Plan C

Jr & Sr High Lesson Plan D

Ideas for Youth Ministers