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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Meeting Information

1. What is the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering?
The annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is a collaborative effort of 16 national Catholic organizations. It is rooted in the Word of God, the Sacraments, and the Church’s living Catholic social tradition.  The Gathering builds solidarity, knowledge, and skills among social ministry leaders in local dioceses, religious congregations, Catholic educational institutions, and other national Catholic organizations. Gathering together, we animate the Church’s social mission for the evangelization of the world. 

2. What is the purpose of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering?

The purposes of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering are:
  • to share and apply Catholic Social teaching
  • to share information and strategies on priority domestic and international issues affecting the life and dignity of the human person
  • to prepare and organize participants to carry the message on issues both to Congress in Washington, D.C., and to constituencies and political leaders in their home arch/dioceses
  • to deepen and strengthen participants efforts to develop leadership and capacity at the diocesan and parish level by sharing Catholic social teaching, providing workshops on skills and strategies, and by sharing materials and activities that are useful at the local level
  • to gather in the context of the Catholic social tradition to teach, pray, and celebrate the work and accomplishments we share
3. Who should attend the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering?
Leaders whose work is to advocate for social justice issues on behalf of Catholic organizations such as a diocese, a parish, an educational institution, or other local or national Catholic organization.

4. Where is the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering held?

The Gathering is held in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, which makes it convenient for participants to travel to Capitol Hill for their lobby visit(s).  CSMG 2014 will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The hotel is located at 2500 Calvert Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 (Phone: 202-234-0700).

5. What is the reasoning behind choosing the hotel?
In addition to being convenient to Capitol Hill, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Planning Committee selected the Omni Shoreham Hotel because it is one of the few hotels in the Washington, D.C. area that works constructively with unions to create fair working conditions and can accommodate the size of our group.

6. Why should I stay at the conference hotel when there are less expensive hotels in the Washington, D.C. area?
The meeting planners negotiated and contracted special discounted rates for the attendees. It is very important to fill our room block in order to keep costs down for the conference from year to year.

7. When is the Gathering held?
The Gathering is an annual meeting, which is usually held in February when Congress is in session and close to the time of the President's annual "State of the Union" address.

8. What are the dates for the next Gathering?
CSMG 2014 -- the dates are Sunday, February 2 through Wednesday, February 5, 2014 (with pre-Gathering meetings hosted by several national Catholic organizations on Saturday, February 1).

CSMG 2015 -- the dates are Sunday, February 8 through Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (with pre-Gathering meetings on Saturday, February 7).

 

Registration Information

1. When is registration open?
On-line registration for the Gathering opened in September, 2013 and continues through Friday, January 24, 2014.  After that point, registration will be possible on-site at the Gathering.  Please be aware that registration rates and hotel fees increase as the dates of the Gathering draw closer.

2. What are the registration fees for the Gathering? 
Registration fees for the entire Gathering range from $295 to $420 (depending on the date of registration), plus a 6% bank credit card/check processing fee reflected in the final costs below.  Rates for single-day(s) registration are also available.  See the schedule of fees below.

 
Early Registration
Through Oct. 31, 2013

Standard Registration
Nov. 1, 2013 –
Jan. 3, 2014
Late Registration
Jan. 4, 2014 --
Feb. 5, 2014
(including on-site)

Entire Gathering
(Feb. 2-5, 2014)

$312.70 $381.60 $445.20
Daily Rates
Sunday Feb. 2
$106.00 $127.20 $153.70
Monday Feb. 3
$143.10 $164.30 $190.08
Tuesday Feb. 4
$63.60 $84.80 $111.30
Wednesday Feb. 5
$95.40 $116.60 $143.10

*Above rates include a 6% bank credit card/check processing fee.  Additional fees may apply to register for some pre-Gathering meetings and events.

3. How should I register for the Gathering?
Participants can choose either registration for the entire Gathering (Sunday – Wednesday) or registration for individual days of the Gathering. Participants are strongly encouraged to register for the entire Gathering.

4. What is Gathering registration?
Gathering registration fees include admittance to all meeting activities, events, and meal functions taking place from Sunday, February 2, 2014 through Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  Pre-Gathering meetings and some partner organization events are not included in the overall fee for CSMG, and additional fees may apply for these.

5. What is daily Gathering registration?
Daily Registration allows attendees to register for activities by particular day(s) of the Gathering.  Daily Registration fees range from $63.60 to $190.08 per day depending on which day of the Gathering is selected, and the date on which registration is completed.

6. What is a pre-Gathering meeting?
Pre-Gathering meetings are an opportunity for national Catholic partner organizations to meet with their membership to plan, learn, strategize, share, organize, and celebrate their own efforts on February 1st and 2nd, 2014. With the exception of events held by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, pre-Gathering meetings are not directly associated with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The organizations holding pre-Gathering meetings are solely responsible for the content of their meetings.

7. Who should attend pre-Gathering meetings?
Pre-Gathering meetings are intended for persons who are colleagues, members, or guests of one or more of the Catholic partner organizations that support and prepare for CSMG.  The topics of pre-Gathering meetings are often somewhat more specialized than the general program for CSMG.

8. This is my first time attending the meeting – will there be a new attendees orientation or training?
Yes, if this will be your first time at the Gathering, it is strongly recommended that you attend the First-Time Participants Orientation on the afternoon of Sunday, February 2.  

9. How can I register for the Gathering?
Click here to be directed to the online Catholic Social Ministry Gathering registration site, where you can complete the registration process until Friday, January 24, 2014. Payment is possible by credit card or check (though checks must be received by January 24).

10. Can I register a group of people?
Yes, there is an option to register a group of people at one time with one form of payment. At the end of completing one person's registration the on-line form will ask if there are additional individuals to be registered.  For more information please contact CSMG Registration (703-584-9819).

11. What forms of payment are accepted?
We accept payment by credit card (MasterCard and Visa only) or checks (personal and organization checks).  Check payments are to be made payable to USCCB-JPHD.  Any request for cancellation of CSMG 2014 registration must be received by Tuesday, January 7, 2014 to be eligible for a refund.  A $50.00 administrative fee will be deducted in cases of refunds (or $20.00 for pre-Gathering meetings/events). The 6% bank credit card/check processing fee will not be refunded.  If you have questions about payment for registration, please contact CSMG Registration (703-584-9819).

Hotel Accommodations

1. How do I make my hotel reservations?

Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations by visiting Omni Shoreham Hotel Reservations online or by contacting Omni Hotel Reservations at 1-800-843-6664 and mentioning the 2014 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.

2. What are the hotel rates for the Gathering?
 Our preferred conference hotel room rates per night are $218.00 (single/double rate), $238.00 (triple rate), $258.00 (quad. rate) plus 14.5% tax.  These rates are not guaranteed after Thursday, January 9, 2014.

3. What is the cut-off date for making hotel reservations using the preferred conference rate?
The cut-off date for the CSMG preferred conference hotel room rate is Thursday, January 9, 2014.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to register and to reserve their hotel room as soon as possible. Call 1-800-843-6664 or go online to Omni Shoreham Hotel Reservations to book your room now!

4. Whom should I contact to modify or cancel my hotel registration?
To modify or cancel your hotel reservations contact Omni Shoreham Hotel Reservations (800-843-6664).
 

Transportation

1. What airports are most convenient for attending CSMG 2014?

There are three airports in the Washington, D.C. area:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located approximately 9 miles from downtown Washington, D.C.

  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located approximately 25 miles from downtown Washington D.C.

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located approximately 30 miles from downtown Washington, D.C. Trains run regularly between BWI and downtown Washington.

2. How will I get to the Gathering from the airport?
Listed below are several modes of ground transportation to the get to the Gathering. Please note all service rates are subject to change without notice.

From Washington Reagan National Airport

  • Driving: Follow the signs to Washington D.C. (George Washington Parkway). Take I-395 North to Route 1 (Route 1 is the 14th Street Bridge). Merge to the far left lane on the bridge and follow the signs for 14th Street. Take 14th Street for 1 mile. Turn left onto K Street. Continue on K for 5 blocks. Turn right onto Connecticut. Avenue. Follow Connecticut Avenue for 1 mile. Cross over the William Taft Bridge. Make a left turn at Calvert St. and the hotel will come up soon on the left.

  • Metrorail (D.C.’s subway system): Look for the “Metro” signs in the airport. Purchase a ticket with sufficient fare to reach the Woodley Park Station (approximately $3.05 one-way non-rush hour; $4.15 one-way rush hour). Take the Yellow line in the direction of Ft. Totten/Mt. Vernon. Change at Gallery Place Station to the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove. Exit at the Woodley Park/Zoo Station. The hotel is located approximately 2 blocks from the Metro. Once you have exited the Metro walk south (downhill) on Connecticut Ave. one block to the intersection with Calvert St.  After crossing the intersection, turn right on Calvert and proceed to the Omni Shoreham Hotel on your left. Check with WMATA for more information.

  • Taxi: Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area. The fare is approximately $30.00 (one-way).

  • Shuttle Service: Super Shuttle vans are available at the all the three Metropolitan Airports. Go to www.supershuttle.com or call 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUE-VAN), for more information.

From Dulles International Airport

  • Driving: Follow the signs to Interstate 66 east to Washington. Follow I-66 to the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge (US Route 50). Take the Constitution Ave exit off the bridge. Continue on Constitution for 6 blocks and make a left turn onto 17th Street. This will change to Connecticut Avenue for 1 mile. Cross over the William Taft Bridge. Make a left turn at Calvert St. and the hotel will come up soon on the left.

  • Taxi:  Washington Flyer Taxi Service is the exclusive taxi provider at Dulles. A ride to the hotel is approximately $60.00 (one way).

  • Rail/Bus/Shuttle: Coming from Dulles International Airport, connect to Metrorail using Metrobus. For just $6 per person (discounted rates are available for seniors and people with disabilities), the 5A takes you to Rosslyn station on the Orange and Blue lines with just one stop in between. To find out when the bus leaves the airport, see the 5A schedule. Click here for more information at WMATA’s website.  You can also take the Washington Flyer bus to the West Falls Church-VT/UVA station on the Orange Line. To find out when the Washington Flyer leaves the airport and its cost, go to the Washington Flyer website.  Super Shuttle vans are available at the all the three Metropolitan Airports. Go to www.supershuttle.com or call 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUE-VAN), for more information.


From Thurgood Marshall/Baltimore Washington International Airport

  • Driving: Take I-95 South to I-495 West. Take Exit 33, Connecticut Ave. Southbound. Continue on Connecticut Avenue for about 6.5 miles. Just after passing the Woodley Park Metro Stop, turn right at Calvert St. and the hotel will come up soon on the left.

  • Train and Metrorail: Take the free shuttle from the Airport to BWI Marshall Rail Station and take the AMTRAK or MARC rail services to Union Station. Once at Union Station, take the Metro (Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove) to Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams Morgan stop. The train fare will include approximately $6 for MARC ($15 for Amtrak) and $1.75 for Metro. The hotel is located approximately 2 blocks from the Metro. Once you have exited the Metro walk south (downhill) on Connecticut Ave. one block to the intersection with Calvert St.  After crossing the intersection, turn right on Calvert and proceed to the Omni Shoreham Hotel on your left.  Check with WMATA for more information.

  • Taxi: Fares to the hotel are approximately $60.00 (one-way).

  • Rail/Bus/Shuttle:  Connect to Metrorail using Metrobus. The B30 bus ($6 one-way, cash only) takes you to Greenbelt station on the Green Line.  As this is the end of the line, take any train in the direction of D.C.  Then change at Gallery Place Station to the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove.  Exit at the Woodley Park/Zoo Station.The hotel is located approximately 2 blocks from the Metro. Once you have exited the Metro walk south (downhill) on Connecticut Ave. one block to the intersection with Calvert St.  After crossing the intersection, turn right on Calvert and proceed to the Omni Shoreham Hotel on your left. Check with WMATA for more information.  Super Shuttle vans are available at the all the three Metropolitan Airports. Go to www.supershuttle.com or call 1-800-258-3826 (1-800-BLUE-VAN), for more information.

Cancellations & Refunds

1. Will I be able to cancel my meeting registration?
Any request for cancellation of CSMG 2014 registration must be received by Tuesday, January 7, 2014 to be eligible for a refund.  Refund requests or questions should be directed to CSMG Registration (703-584-9819).

2. Is there a processing fee for canceling my registration?
A $50.00 administrative fee will be deducted in cases of refunds (or $20.00 for pre-Gathering meetings/events). The 6% bank credit card/check processing fee will not be refunded.

3. If I paid with a credit card, will the refund be issued to my credit card?
Yes, refunds will be made to any credit card by which payment was made, minus the administrative fee and the 6% bank credit card/check processing fee.

4. How long will it take to receive a refund?
Refund requests received before the deadline will be processed within one week.

5.  Can I cancel my hotel reservation?
Contact Omni Shoreham Hotel Reservations directly to cancel your hotel reservation (800-843-6664).




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