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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering


To Go Forth: Encountering Christ in the Heart of the World

February 7-10, 2015, Washington D.C.          Register Now!

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)

The annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 4 other USCCB departments and 16 national Catholic organizations.  We are happy to announce new dates for the upcoming Gathering which will take place from Saturday, February 7 to Tuesday, February 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. brings together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges relating to poverty, war, injustice and the promotion of human life and dignity.  CSMG 2015 promises to be another rich and rewarding experience of our Catholic commitment to the common good.  Visit our Highlights page to get a sense of all the action.

Further details will be available on our pages in coming weeks.  Online registration is expected to open in September.  We look forward to seeing you!

- The CSMG Planning Committee

CSMG 2015 Young Leaders Initiative

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering strives to recognize, encourage, and prepare young and diverse leaders of our Church's advocacy and social ministries.
  • Students and faculty from colleges and universities are invited to join other professionals and volunteers in Catholic social ministry deepening their faith and understanding, and raising their voices with legislators on matters of national and international concern.
  • For more information visit our Young Leaders Initiative page.  Faculty or staff interested in helping students to participate are asked to fill out and return an interest form.
  • Be a part of this important opportunity for young Catholic leaders' formation and action -- spread the word!

Connect, Learn, Pray & Advocate at csmg!

"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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