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    Schedule of Events


    Mark your calendars for CSMG February 3 – 6, 2018, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.!
                                    CSMG 2018 Program Book

    CSMG 2018 Pre-Gathering Meetings and Events

    Please note that separate fees from those for CSMG 2018 registration may apply for some Pre-Gathering meetings and events.  Registration may be possible onsite at the CSMG Registration Desk. Below is a working list of Pre-Gathering Meetings and Events.

    Saturday, FebRuary 3, 2018

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


    8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

    Morning Prayer with the Catholic Labor Network (open to all)

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    CRS Diocesan Directors Annual Meeting (directors only)

    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Catholic Labor Network Meeting & Luncheon (fee applies)

    10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


    Indigenous Dialogue from Two Continents: Hopes, Dreams and Actions (invite only)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


    Catholic Charities USA - Poverty Discussion (invite only)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


    St. Vincent de Paul Society Voice of the Poor Meeting (please bring your lunch - visitors welcome)

    2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

    Saturday, FebRuary 3, 2018

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall (set-up)

    1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall (open)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


    Diversity Initiative Welcome Luncheon (by invitation)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

    Young Leaders Initiative Welcome Luncheon (by invitation)

    1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Orientation for First-Time Participants

    2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


    Advocacy Training 101 (intended for those new to legislative advocacy)

    2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

    State Captains Caucus

    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Keynote Presentation: Where is your brother?
    Most Reverend Eusebio L. Elizondo, MSpS
    Auxiliary Bishop, Seattle

    4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


    4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Welcome Mass (vigil Mass for Sunday):
    Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane
    Bishop of Venice, Principal Celebrant and Homilist

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Dinner with Catholic Campaign for Human Development & Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award

    Sunday, FebRuary 4, 2018

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m



    7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

    Catholic Charities U.S.A. Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall

    9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

    Opening Prayer

    9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

    Welcome and Introduction of Speakers

    9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


    Plenary Presentation: Solidarity in Our Common Home

    Mauricio López
    Executive Secretary, Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network

    Haszel Dallana Contreras
    Pastoral Agent, Accompanies the campesinos of Vereda Chaparrito

    Adelson Da Silva (Korá is his indigenous name) Indigenous Leader from the Vale do Javari, Brazil 

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Coffee Break

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Panel Discussion with Questions & Answers

    12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.



    12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    Lunchtime Conversation with Jonathan Reyes and Special Guests:  David Brooks and Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour

    1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


    CCHD Plenary Presentation: Church and Communities Address the Sin of Racism in our Society

    3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


    Coffee Break (with dessert)

    3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


    CCHD Diocesan Directors Meeting (directors only)

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Community Workshops: Group A (concurrent)

    • Finding the Common Good in a Throw-Away Culture

    • Justice Café: Cultivating a Campus of Changemakers

    • Common Home Project: Weaving a Green Thread into the Fabric of Catholic Life

    • Understanding social issues of the Native Americans in the United States, and how these social issues effect the lives of Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

    • Called to the Global Common Good: Community Strategies to Promote Global Solidarity

    • Pastoral Migratoria/Immigrant Social Ministry: An innovative ministry to form and empower immigrant leaders to accompany, serve and seek justice on behalf of the immigrant faith community

    4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    Community Workshops: Group B (concurrent)

    • Parish Ministry Helping Friends and Family Suffering Domestic Abuse

    • Best Practices in Responding to Racial Unrest: Lessons Learned from Ferguson

    • Restorative Justice in Parish Life

    • Transforming Interpersonal Conflicts: Nonviolent Communication

    • Showing our Faith through our Works: Advancing Worker Justice

    • V Encuentro: Getting Involved and Bearing Fruit for Justice


    6:00 p.m. - Onward

    Free evening with optional events.

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

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (all welcome)

    9:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

    Taizé Prayer and Benediction (all welcome)

    Monday, February 5, 2018

    7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m




    7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m


    Mass: Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of Venice, Principal Celebrant and Homilist


    7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

    Catholic Relief Services Breakfast


    8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall


    9:00 a.m. - 9:20 p.m.

    Opening Prayer


    9:20 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

    Domestic & International Policy Plenary Presentation: Moving from a Throwaway Culture to a Culture of Encounter

    Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN
    Executive Director, Pax Christi USA

    Dr. Maryann Cusimano-Love
    Professor, The Catholic University of America

    Mrs. Kim Daniels, J.D.

    Fr. Matthew Malone, S.J.
    Editor, America Media

    Dr. R.R. Reno
    Editor, First Things


    10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.



    11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Legislative Issues Briefing


    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


    Working Lunch: State Delegations Meetings

    1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




    2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    Policy Workshops: Group A (concurrent)

    • New Slavery, New Freedom in 21st Century: A Catholic Response to the Opioid Abuse Crisis

    • Nowhere to Lay His Head: Developing Affordable Housing for the Vulnerable

    • The Role of Race in the Criminal Justice System

    • Protecting Workers and Immigrants in the 21st Century: New Models for Worker Justice

    • For I Was Hungry: Impact of the Farm Bill on Poor and Vulnerable People

    • Common Ground on Climate Policy: How Congress is Answering the Call to Dialogue in Laudato Si'

    3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.


    Coffee Break


    3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Policy Workshops: Group B (concurrent)

    • Nuclear Threats to the Common Good: Disarmament, North Korea and Iran
    • The Church in the DR Congo: The Only Voice Speaking Truth to Power

    • The Church in Colombia and Cuba: Strengthening our Advocacy for Peace, Development, and Engagement

    • A Foreign Policy Framework: Nonviolence, A Style of Politics for Peace

    • Dignity and Freedom: A Moral Framework for Trade Policy 

    • I was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Catholic Response to Migration Policy 

    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    Advocacy Training 201 (optional -- further skills building and answering your tough questions)

    6:00 p.m. - Onward

    Free evening with optional events.

    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

     Diversity Initiative Networking Reception (fees apply)

    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Young Leaders Initiative Reflection (participants only)


    8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Young Leaders Initiative Reception (by invitation)


    TUESDAY, February 6, 2018

    7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


    7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

    Exhibit Hall

    8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

    Sending Mass: His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Principal Celebrant and Homilist

    9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


    Continental Breakfast

    10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Capitol Hill Visits (lunch on your own)

    3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

    Capitol Hill Reception (I.D. and CSMG registration badge required)

    5:00 p.m.


    CSMG 2018 Concludes

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