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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering


CSMG 2014: Becoming a "Church that is Poor and for the Poor"

Pope Francis is seen as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 3. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Thank you to our 16 national Catholic partner organizations, our sponsors, and all participants for making CSMG 2014 a great success! The Gathering took place from February 2-5, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Our 2014 theme took inspiration from the vision of Pope Francis for a "Church that is Poor and for the Poor."  Further details are available in our program. We hope that you enjoy the recordings of the excellent plenary and keynote presentations below. 

Save the dates for CSMG 2015 – February 8-11, 2015!

- The CSMG 2014 Planning Committee


February 2, 2014

Listen to the Opening Plenary presentation by Mr. John L. Allen, Jr., The Boston Globe.

February 3, 2014

Listen to the Keynote Presentation by Dr. Michael Naughton, the University of St. Thomas entitled "The Power of the Imagination in the Catholic Social Tradition"  (view the PowerPoint).

Listen to the International Comments by Mr. Michel Roy, Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis.

CSMG 2014: Connect, Learn, Pray & Advocate!

"I want a Church that is poor and for the poor." - Pope Francis

Each year the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering provides and excellent opportunity for Catholic leaders to Connect, Learn, Pray and Advocate!

Connect with social ministry colleagues from across the United States. Share best practices, plan for emerging needs and identify areas for cooperation. Join the Gathering’s virtual community on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn the broader context of Catholic social ministry. Get informed on domestic and global challenges to human life and dignity, justice and peace. Bring your experience and perspective of your diocese, organization and faith community.   

Pray together to renew our vision for mission. Wonderful liturgies will mark our gathering.

Advocate for policies to protect and support people suffering poverty and injustice. In this defining experience of the Gathering, our meetings and prayer flows directly to Capitol Hill, where as one faith community we bring our concerns and proposals to defend and empower the most vulnerable. Continue this effort after the Gathering through district visits with members of Congress in your own community.

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