The Social Action Department
-In a series of letters dated December 12 and 14 1934, and April 1935, Father Raymond McGowan, assistant director of SAD, provides incoming department director Bishop Edward Mooney with information on the department's activities.
-McGowan would author, and SAD distribute, a pamphlet in 1935 titled Organized Social Justice, which not only laid out SAD's ideas on social justice and the working class, but also presented the idea of improving society by organizing it into occupational groups.
-SAD also organized "schools for priests" to give local Church leaders information regarding the labor movement and how to respond to it. Monsignor Francis J. Haas addressed one of these schools in 1938, and in a speech titled "The Right and Necessity of Organization," gave priests an introduction to industrial relations terminology, as well as an overview of Church teachings on workers' rights.
-The NCWC would follow SAD's Organized Social Justice with Church and Social Order in 1940. This is significant, as it represents the official statement of the U.S. Church social justice and labor, while the previous statement published by SAD was only the viewpoint of that particular department.
-In 1940, SAD staff member Father John Hayes began issuing a regular newsletter titled Social Action Notes (Feb. 1941, March 1941, Sept. 1941) for priests. The newsletters were designed to keep priests apprised of social and labor issues throughout the country.