The INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL EDUCATION formed in 1948 at ST. JOHN COLLEGE, partly in response to a papal directive on communism which stressed "social education." The institute provided adult education on social problems to Catholics and non-Catholics alike from 1948-1975, serving as a model for local parishes. Directed by Rev. Frances W. Carney for its entire history, the institute was unique in its emphasis on labor matters and union membership training. In a typical year, the institute offered about 30 courses to about 1,000 Catholics at Cathedral Square on Superior Ave. The institute also sponsored public lectures and forums, a speakers' bureau, and radio programs and published a monthly bulletin. The institute folded when St. John College closed in 1975.

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