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Descriptions of CSMG Special Events


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Catholic Relief Services Annual Diocesan Director Meeting
8:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Catholic Relief Services’ 2014 Annual Diocesan Directors’ Meeting will serve as an excellent opportunity to reconnect with and be energized by the global solidarity mission of CRS. Our time will feature an update on our overseas work and the importance of the involvement of U.S. Catholics in these efforts. Utilizing a networking and discussion format, we will examine issues and strategies critical to U.S. Catholic leaders. Some skills training may be offered based on expressed needs of Diocesan Directors.  As always, the meeting will offer the chance to create and enjoy the spirit of solidarity!  For information, contact Chris West at 410-951-7454 or

Catholic Labor Network Annual Meeting

Worker Justice in the Age of Francis
11:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Catholic Labor Network brings together Catholic trade unionists, clergy, and other lay Catholics for fruitful collaboration in seeking worker justice in accordance with Catholic social teaching. Speakers from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss national policy; Father Andrew Switzer of West Virginia will talk about the fight to protect health care for retired mineworkers; a panel from Georgetown will explain how the university’s Just Employment Policy rooted in Catholic social thought has helped the university avoid bitter labor-management conflict. Speakers will also be asked to reflect on the power of Pope Francis’ testimony on the global stage and how this has affected their mission to do the work of justice and to evangelize the world.

Symposium of the Roundtable Assoc. of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
Jail For Sale: The Rise of For Profit Prisons and the Catholic Response

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

Alex Mikulich and Susan Weishar from the Jesuit Social Research Institute of New Orleans will be our principal presenters.  We will examine the cultural and historical forces that have given rise to for profit prisons.  Increase your understanding of the fiscal and operational realities of today’s prison system and private prison corporations.  Discuss and develop the Catholic response in terms of education, raising awareness, and advocacy.

Annual Awards Reception and Banquet of the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
6:30 p.m. -- 9:30 p.m.

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt will receive our highest honor, the Harry A. Fagan Award, for his work on nuclear weapons, the environment, and refugees and migrants.  We will also honor Roundtable members Barbara Budde, Scott Cooper, Robert Gorman, and Rob Shelledy with the Servants of Justice Award.  Their work was instrumental transitioning the Roundtable to an independent 501C3 organization in 2009.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Catholic Campaign for Human Development 2014 Winter Professional Enrichment
Working on the Margins. Trabajando desde la periferia
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

CCHD’s annual enrichment session for diocesan directors from around the country will explore the hidden dimensions of injustice in the nation’s criminal justice system, replete with biases against the poor and against people of color. Diocesan directors will have a unique opportunity to hear from an expert practitioner in this field, Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. We will also take a look at CCHD’s efforts to address this challenge to the nation’s social fabric and threat to human dignity, particularly through the Strategic National Grant Program.  Lunch will be provided at noon.

Coffee and Conversation with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
10:30 -- 11:30 a.m.

Faculty and staff from universities, along with Catholic social ministry partner organization staff, are invited to join the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) for coffee and conversation.  We will discuss ACCU Peace and Justice Initiatives and hope to hear from participants about how you teach, research, and live Catholic Social Teaching on campus.

Catholic Rural Life Luncheon and Meeting
Becoming “a Church that is Poor and for the Poor" in Rural America
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Catholic Rural Life is celebrating its 90th anniversary of ministry in rural America this year. Although much has changed in rural communities over the past 90 years, the need for the Church to be engaged in issues related to food and agriculture, stewardship of creation, and rural ministry and outreach has never been greater. What is the Church doing to address poverty in rural communities? What is the Church doing to address the increasing industrialization of agriculture and its negative impacts on the land and water resources? This session will examine how our Catholic faith informs our responses to poverty and the degradation of our natural resources, and how we can advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable in rural America. Brother Nick Renner of Celina, Ohio and Catholic Rural Life's 2013 Edwin V. O'Hara Advocacy Award Recipient will be the featured keynote speaker.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Voice of the Poor Committee will meet to share experiences, discuss objectives for 2014, and talk about issues related to the condition of the poor and disenfranchised for the purpose of helping Vincentians to live their faith. This will be an interactive discussion.  Visitors are welcome.  For information, contact Jack Murphy at, or 404-201-0270.

CMSM & LCWR Gathering for Women and Men Religious
1:00 p.m. -- 2:15 p.m.

All women and men religious and leaders of JPIC offices of religious institutes are invited to gather at the beginning of CSMG 2014.  Eli McCarthy of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Ann Scholz of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will host this time of sharing about recent initiatives and identifying opportunities for collaboration.

National Catholic Partnership on Disability Meeting
Reducing Poverty in the Lives of Persons with Disabilities
1:00 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m.

It is widely established that persons with disabilities are inordinately represented in the percentages of people who live in financial poverty. But poverty has a presence in other aspects of life as well -- social, vocational, spiritual, etc,. Come and hear about different ways to address the multiple faces of poverty in the lives of persons with disabilities. Advance the lives of people who are fighting for the opportunity to live and participate in our parishes and society.  For information contact Jan Benton at 202-529-2933; 202-529-2934 (tty);

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dinner

Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is proud to present the 2014 Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award to the Fe y Justicia Center.  Fe y Justicia is a CCHD grantee working in Houston, TX, where workers, including low-wage workers, restaurant employees, domestic workers and laborers in construction, have organized for mutual assistance, to learn about worker rights and to improve working conditions.  Fe y Justicia has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to defending worker rights, witnessing to the dignity of work and empowering workers intimidated by unscrupulous employers.  Workers from the Center were a driving force behind the passage of an important anti-wage theft ordinance in Houston this past November. CCHD’s Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award is presented  annually to a group or individual working on the margins that has demonstrated outstanding witness to Gospel values and action on behalf of justice.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Catholic Charities USA Annual Breakfast
The War on Poverty – the Church Responds Yesterday and Today

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

There are those who call the War on Poverty a failure. The fact is that it did decrease the poverty rate by half and laid the groundwork for the anti-poverty initiatives of the last 50 years. Fr. Bryan Hehir will highlight the work and the leadership of the church since the 1960’s and then contrast it with the challenges of today and the importance of the church being engaged in reducing poverty.

Reception with JustFaith Ministries and Partners

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

JustFaith Ministries (JFM) and its partners - CCHD, CRS, Bread for the World, and Maryknoll - invite those who are unfamiliar with our organizations and those who have participated in a JFM program to stop by and visit with us.  Enjoy light refreshments while you talk with organizational representatives and get to know JFM program grads.

Diversity Outreach Initiative Dinner (by invitation)
6:30 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m.

Participants in the CSMG 2014 Diversity Outreach Initiative gather together with representatives of CSMG partner organizations to share experiences, strategize, and learn more about resources for ministry and how our efforts are strengthened through the diversity of our Church.

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

All are invited to spend time in prayer and contemplation.  Rosary prayers will be offered in Spanish and English starting at 8:00 p.m.  Sung prayer in the style of Taize will begin at 9:00 p.m., with Benediction at 9:50 p.m.

Young Leaders Initiative Meeting (participants only)
7:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.

Participants in the CSMG 2014 Young Leaders Initiative will meet to reflect together on their experience of the Gathering and to discuss ways of living faith and justice on college and university campuses and beyond.

Young Leaders Initiative Dessert Social
(by invitation)
8:30 p.m. -- 9:30 p.m.

Participants in the CSMG 2014 Young Leaders Initiative will enjoy dessert refreshments and an opportunity for relaxed conversation with each other and invited representatives of CSMG partner organizations.

Taize Prayer and Benediction
9:00 p.m. -- 10 p.m.

All are invited to participate in the peaceful and inspiring sung prayer of the Taize tradition beginning at 9:00 p.m., as the concluding stage of our evening of Eucharistic adoration.  Benediction will be offered at 9:50 p.m.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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

Don't miss this final opportunity to understand policy issues or to sharpen advocacy skills before proceeding to your meetings with members of Congress.  Visit stations on a number of key topics for short briefings and a chance to ask last minute questions.

Capitol Hill Visits and Reception
1:00 p.m. -- 6:30  p.m.

Every participant is encouraged to visit his/her members of Congress and their staff representatives to advocate on our priorities, and to leave behind our Capitol Hill Message.  The reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Building is a festive opportunity to celebrate our efforts with and for our sisters and brothers striving to move beyond poverty and conflict.  Make sure to leave enough time for travel back to the Omni Shoreham and our evening with Fr. James Martin, S.J.  A limited number of round-trip Metro fare cards are available for purchase at the CSMG Registration Desk (times listed in the Program Book).  They are intended for those who anticipate difficulty using the fare machines in Metro stations.  The price is $7 per fare card, which covers one round-trip journey to Capitol Hill.  Please bring exact change.

An Evening with Fr. James Martin, S.J.
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fr. Martin is a Jesuit priest, author and contributing editor at America, the national Catholic magazine.  His recently acclaimed books have included Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life.  A forthcoming book, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, will be available in March, 2014 from HarperOne.  Fr. Martin’s ministry experience extends from outreach to street-gang members in the Chicago housing projects to Jesuit Refugee Service/East Africa.  He worked for two years in Nairobi, Kenya, where he helped East African refugees start small businesses, and co-founded a refugee handicraft shop called The Mikono Centre.  Besides his editorial, publishing and media work, Fr. Martin is a popular speaker and retreat director.  On Sundays he assists at the Church of Saint Ignatius Loyola in New York City.  Coffee and dessert refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Catholic Relief Services Celebratory Breakfast
7:45 a.m. -- 8:45 a.m.

Join CRS on Wednesday morning as we celebrate our spirit of solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas.  This year, CRS invites you to a dynamic cultural celebration filled with music and reflection about how your support is making a difference in the Philippines.  This will be a time to share in an exciting experience that you can replicate in your diocese or parish.  CRS will also unveil its newest resource for your smartphone.  For more information, contact Beth Martin at 410-951-7359 or

Luncheon and Closing Plenary Conversation with David Brooks and Mark Shields
12:15 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m.

David Brooks and Mark Shields of the PBS NewsHour join Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for a conversation about the national political and legislative landscape.  They will explore the implications of our national political process for those who seek to promote justice, peace, and human life and dignity, especially in light of Pope Francis' emphasis on the call of our faith to solidarity with our marginalized sisters and brothers.

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