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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Highlights

View photos from past Gatherings on the Flickr page for Justice, Peace and Human Development.  Catch up on CSMG news and posts on Twitter and Facebook.

CSMG District Visits in 2017

For 2017, we focused on "in-district" visits by Catholics during the Congressional Recess week of February 20-24.

To prepare for those visits, we hosted a virtual Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing Webinar on February 7, 2017. The webinar features advocacy experts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its collaborating organizations. They reveal step-by-step strategies for advocating with your Senators and House Representatives in a clear, consistent voice on issues important to the Catholic community. Watch now below. 

If you missed our Advocacy Training 101 webinar, you can watch it online now. In the training, we cover the prep work that must happen before a meeting, best practices, and follow-ups.

Highlights from CSMG 2016

Called to Live Mercy in Our Common Home

January 23-26, 2016, Washington D.C.

Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, exhibitors, and collaborating organizations for your contributions to the success of CSMG 2016.  Details of the program are available in the CSMG 2016 Program Book.

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 19, 2014. CNS photo/Paul Haring

From January 23 - 26, 2016 hundreds of Catholic leaders gathered to lift our voices in the public square, and to step forward in faith for justice, peace, and the common good.  The theme of the 2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering took its inspiration from the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and from Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, calling for an integral ecology that connects justice for our sisters and brothers with care of all creation.

CSMG 2015 Highlights

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

CSMG 2015 Program Book

February 7, 2015

Audio of Keynote Presentation -- Father Daniel Groody, University of Notre Dame.

Text of Opening Mass homily -- Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Miami

February 8, 2015

Audio of International Plenary Presentation -- Martina Liebsch, Caritas Internationalis.

Audio of Domestic Plenary Presentation -- Sylvester Brown, Jr., The Sweet Potato Project.

February 10, 2015

Text of Sending Mass homily -- Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Louisville

CSMG 2014 Highlights

Becoming a Church that is Poor and for the Poor

CSMG 2014 Program Book

February 2, 2014

Listen to the Opening Plenary presentation by Mr. John L. Allen, Jr., The Boston Globe.

February 3, 2014

Listen to the Keynote Presentation by Dr. Michael Naughton, the University of St. Thomas entitled "The Power of the Imagination in the Catholic Social Tradition"  (view the PowerPoint).

Listen to the International Comments by Mr. Michel Roy, Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis.

February 4, 2014

"Drones: Ethics and Use" PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University of America

February 5, 2014

Homily by Bishop Richard E. Pates, Diocese of Des Moines

CSMG 2013 Highlights

Promoting Human Life and Dignity in the Year of Faith

Listen to the Opening Plenary Presentation by Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.,  Archbishop of Boston (click here for text)

Listen to Catholic Social Thought and Our Current Economic Policy Challenges by Dr. Charles M. A. Clark, Professor of Economics, St. John's University (click here to view accompanying presentation slides)

Homily by Bishop Richard E. Pates, Diocese of Des Moines

CSMG 2013 Program Book

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