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    Schedule of Events


    See the CSMG 2016 Program Book for further details of events.

    Mark your calendars for CSMG District Visits in 2017!

    Please note that in 2017, we will not hold a Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. due to the larger national convocation, The Joy of the Gospel in America, that USCCB will lead in Orlando, Florida from July 1-4, 2017.  In February 2017, the CSMG community will take advantage of a special advocacy briefing webinar and our usual advocacy resources to prepare us to take our issues of concern to Senators and Representatives in their home district offices during the Congressional Recess week of February 20-24, 2017.  Join us for CSMG District Visits in 2017!

    Save the date to return to Washington, D.C. for CSMG 2018!

    Saturday, February 3 – Tuesday, February 6, 2018
    Omni Shoreham Hotel
    Washington, D.C.

    CSMG 2016 Pre-Gathering Meetings and Events

    See descriptions of CSMG 2016 pre-gathering meetings and special events.

    Please note that separate fees from those for CSMG 2016 registration may apply for some Pre-Gathering meetings and events.  Registration may be possible onsite at the CSMG Registration Desk.

    Friday, JANUARY 22, 2016

    2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    The Roundtable Symposium: Creating a Culture of Life and Dignity -- Confronting a Throw-Away Culture (open to all -- fees apply)

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


    8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

    Mass with the Catholic Labor Network

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Catholic Relief Services Diocesan Directors Meeting (directors only)

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Catholic Labor Network Gathering : Solidarity in Our Common Home (fees apply)

    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    National Catholic Partnership on Disability Meeting: Living Mercy in Our Common Home

    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. State Catholic Conferences and National Policy Strategy Meeting (by invitation)

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


    CMSM & LCWR Gathering for Religious and JPICs: Care for Creation (all members of religious orders and congregations welcome)

    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Catholic Rural Life Meeting & Luncheon: "Laudato Si" and Rural Communities (fees apply)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


    Catholic Labor Network Luncheon

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    St. Vincent de Paul Society Member Meeting (please bring your lunch -- visitors welcome)

    2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall (set-up)

    1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall (open)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


    Diversity Initiative Welcome Luncheon (by invitation)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

    Young Leaders Initiative Welcome Luncheon (by invitation)

    1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Orientation for First-Time Participants

    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


    Advocacy Training 101 (intended for those new to legislative advocacy)

    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

    State Captains Caucus

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Keynote Presentation: Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Auxiliary Bishop, Rockville Centre

    4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


    4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Welcome Mass (vigil Mass for Sunday):
    Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, principal celebrant and homilist

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Dinner with Catholic Campaign for Human Development & Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award

    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Catholic Relief Services University Meeting

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m



    7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

    Catholic Charities U.S.A. Breakfast:
    Most Reverend Mario Dorsonville, Auxiliary Bishop, Washington, D.C.

    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall

    8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Catholic Charities U.S.A. Hospitality Lounge

    9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

    Opening Prayer

    9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

    Welcome and Introduction of Speakers:
    Dr. Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, USCCB

    Msgr. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary, USCCB

    9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Salt & Light Plenary Presentation: The Global Suffering of Women as an Ethical Imperative for the Church
    Sister Kathleen McManus, O.P., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology, University of Portland

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Coffee Break

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Panel Discussion with Questions & Answers

    12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. 


    12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    Lunchtime Conversation with Jonathan Reyes and Special Guests:  David Brooks and Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour

    1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


    CCHD Plenary Presentation

    3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


    Coffee Break (with dessert)

    3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


    CCHD Diocesan Directors Meeting (directors only)

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Community Workshops: Group A (concurrent)
    Note: topics are tentative and subject to change.

    1. From Service to Advocacy: Developing Campaigns on Campus
    2. Reentry Organizing & Restorative Justice: Catholics Uniting With Returning Citizens to Promote Healing, Justice, and Public Safety
    3. Moving From Stranger to Neighbor: Parish Volunteers Assist Newcomer Integration
    4. Living the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Global Solidarity
    5. The Church Responding to Disasters in Our Common Home

    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Community Workshops: Group B (concurrent)
    Note: topics are tentative and subject to change.

    1. Laudato Si' in Action
    2. Practicing Mercy in Parishes and Communities: Encounter With Restorative Justice
    3. A Fair Wage for Employees of Catholic Organizations: Lessons from the St. Vincent de Paul Society
    4. Discussing America's Racial Construct
    5. Being Salt and Light: Encounter and Mission




    6:00 p.m. - Onward

    Free evening with optional events.

    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Diversity Initiative Networking Reception (fees apply)
    Sponsored by the Black and Indian Mission Office

    7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (all welcome)

     8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Creating Collaboration: Student Leaders and State Catholic Conferences

    9:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

    Taizé Prayer and Benediction (all welcome)

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m




    7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m




    7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

    Catholic Relief Services Breakfast


    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall


    8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Catholic Charities U.S.A. Hospitality Lounge


    9:00 a.m. - 9:20 p.m.

    Opening Prayer


    9:20 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Domestic & International Policy Plenary Presentation:  Encounters at the Margins of our Common Home
    Meghan Clark, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, St. John's University

    • Reflections by Ms. Vicki Schieber and Ms. Ericka Santoyo Ramirez

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.



    11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Legislative Issues Briefing


    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


    Working Lunch: State Delegations Meetings

    1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




    2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    Policy Workshops: Group A (concurrent)
    Note: topics are tentative and subject to change.

    1. Immigration: Root Causes and Welcome in Our Common Home
    2. Climate Change: Protecting Our Common Home
    3. Racism: A Poison Infecting Our Common Home
    4. Trade Agreements: Resisting an Economy of Exclusion
    5. A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence
    6. Faithful Citizenship: Political Responsibility for Our Common Home

    3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


    Coffee Break


    3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Policy Workshops: Group B (concurrent)
    Note: topics are tentative and subject to change.

    1. Religious Persecution and Discrimination in Our Common Home
    2. Cuba and Colombia: Conflict Resolution in Our Common Hemisphere
    3. South Sudan: A Country in Need of Mercy and Reconciliation
    4. The Struggles of Labor in an Economy of Exclusion
    5. Syria/Iraq: Replacing Persecution and Conflict With Mercy
    6. Addressing the False Mercy of Assisted Suicide
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Advocacy Training 201 (optional -- further skills building and answering your tough questions)

    6:00 p.m. - Onward

    Free evening with optional events.

    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


    The Roundtable Harry A. Fagan & Servant of Justice Awards Reception & Banquet (open to all -- fees apply)

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Young Leaders Initiative Meeting (participants only)


    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Young Leaders Initiative Reception (by invitation)


    TUESDAY, January 26, 2016

    7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


    7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Exhibit Hall

    7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
     Catholic Charities U.S.A. Hospitality Lounge

    8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

    Sending Mass: Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop of Burlington, principal celebrant and homilist

    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
     Continental Breakfast

    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

     Catholic Charities U.S.A. Member Breakfast (by invitation)

    10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Capitol Hill Visits (lunch on your own)

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

    Capitol Hill Reception in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902 (I.D. and CSMG registration badge required)

    5:00 p.m.


    CSMG 2016 Concludes

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