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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering


2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

Saturday, February 2 – Tuesday, February 5
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Theme: Let Justice Flow (cf. Am. 5:24): A Call to Restore and Reconcile

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Don’t miss this transformative annual gathering for leaders in Catholic social ministry and advocacy! Register today to participate in a dynamic and thought-provoking program including plenary presentations that will feature the following guests.

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Bishop Fabre will facilitate a panel discussion with diverse leaders on the bishops’ Pastoral Letter Against Racism (November 2018) and its implications for Church and society.

Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, author of award-winning book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America and currently the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Hinton’s research focuses on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century United States.

Fr. Maurice Henry Sands is the Executive Director for the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, DC.  Fr. Sands is a full-blooded Native American and member of the Ojibway, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes, who are known together as Anishnaabe. Frs. Sands is passionate about addressing the issue of racism including as a Consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Native American Affairs and the USCCB AD Hoc Committee Against Racism. 

Justice Janine P. Geske served as a Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School and Director of the Law School's Restorative Justice Initiative. A graduate of Marquette University Law School, she has been active in numerous civic and community activities. She frequently teaches at judicial, legal and community conferences on mediation, restorative justice, sentencing, evidence, the courts, and spirituality and work.

Tony Stieritz, Chief Operating Officer at Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Tony is a long-time former CCHD diocesan director who is committed to working to welcome and protect migrants and refugees. He will share best practices for engagement and ways to empower immigrant refugees in parishes and communities.

Elena Segura, Pastoral Migratoria founder and Senior Coordinator for Immigration in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Elena will participate in the racism panel discussion to share how the Hispanic/Latino is affected by the evil of racism and how the Pastoral Migratoria program is an example of the Church’s witness on welcoming migrants as it seeks to build bridges among communities including the participation of clergy.

Javier Bustamante is the former Executive Director for the Office of Cultural Diversity & Outreach at the Archdiocese of Washington. He currently serves as the Director of the Center for Cultural Engagement for the Catholic University of America and is responsible for implementing, coordinating and supporting a comprehensive program of social, cultural, intellectual, spiritual, governance and community service programs that complement the academic mission of CUA. 

Daniel Philpott is a professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. Philpott specializes in religion and global politics, with emphases on reconciliation, religious freedom, and theories of religious actors' political behavior. He has also participated in faith-inspired reconciliation efforts in some of the world’s worst conflict zones, including Kashmir and the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Dear CSMG participants,

We want to alert you to a scam related to hotel reservations that has affected a number of major conferences recently.  If you receive a phone call or message asking you to call someone back related to CSMG and are then asked to provide credit card information to reserve your hotel room, do not do so. THIS IS A SCAM.  All reservations must instead be made by contacting the hotel directly, as described here [Book online now].  Please note the Omni and or any hotel would not be contacting participants about their hotel reservation, unless, originally initiated by that person.

We are aware of two CSMG participants receiving the fraudulent message so far.  We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to your participation at CSMG.


The CSMG Planning Team

About the Gathering

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 7 other USCCB departments and 15 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

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 an 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 participate are asked to read this info page and complete an interest form.
  • Be a part of this important opportunity for young Catholic leaders' formation and action -- spread the word!

CSMG Diversity Outreach Initiative

The Diversity Outreach Initiative (DOI) of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering seeks to develop leaders from diverse Catholic communities for ministry in the Church.  The initiative expresses our commitment to strengthen the Church's social ministry by reaching out to Catholic ethnic, racial, and disability communities and encouraging members to lift up the richness and diversity of their gifts in our shared mission.


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