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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering


special announcements

As you know, this year due to the larger national convocation of Catholic leaders that USCCB will lead in Orlando, Florida from July 1-4, a number of national Catholic events, including the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, are not taking place physically in 2017.

While CSMG is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. for 2018 (February 3-6, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel), we do not want to lose out on the energy and momentum we have gained from our annual on the Hill Catholic advocacy on critical issues impacting our communities. 

This year we are focusing 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.

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.

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

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.

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 4 other USCCB departments and 16 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

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