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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering


2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
Building Community: A Call to the Common Good

CSMG 2018 Program Book

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will accompany us to Capitol Hill to bring issues that affect those who are poor and most vulnerable to members of Congress.

Engage with leaders and emerging leaders in social ministry. Learn about how our faith calls us to action in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at home and abroad. Experience the community and networking that the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering offers.

WHO: More than 500 participants representing social ministry leaders in local dioceses, religious congregations, Catholic educational institutions, and other national Catholic organizations.

WHAT: A central annual opportunity for U.S. leaders in Catholic social action to network, advocate for social justice, and form emerging leaders in service to the Church and society. The Gathering builds solidarity, knowledge, and practical skills among attendees who live and share the Church's social mission for the common good and the evangelization of the world.

The Gathering offers:

  • Informative plenary presentations
  • Policy briefings
  • Networking/ Professional Development opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Opportunity to voice your concerns to members of Congress

WHEN: February 3-6

WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

EXTENDED: Standard Registration ends on Friday, January 12!


Connect, Learn, Pray & Advocate at csmg!

"When we live out a spirituality drawing nearer to others and seeking their welfare, our hearts are opened wide to the Lord's greatest and most beautiful gifts."

- Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, §272

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.

CSMG 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!

About the Gathering

The 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.  This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. annually 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.  Visit our CSMG Highlights page to learn more.

- The CSMG Planning Committee

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