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Descriptions of CSMG Special Events


Friday, February 6, 2015

Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
New Member Meeting
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(members only)

Symposium of the Roundtable Assoc. of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
Encuentro, Dialogue and Mission with Hispanic Catholic Leadership in the U.S.

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Hispanic Ministry journey within the Catholic Church in the United States, including the important role of social justice.  Participants will explore common areas of social action that Hispanic Ministry and Social Justice Ministry can pursue together.  Speakers will assist participants in developing effective advocacy and partnership strategies to implement the Catholic Church’s response to ongoing national and local social injustices.  Presenters include Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.,Chair of Catholic Social Values, Loyola Marymount University; Estela Villagrán Manancero, President, National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry; and Marco Raposo, Director, Peace & Justice Ministry Diocese of El Paso, Texas.  Event fees apply -- $175 for non-members, $150 for members.  For information about discounts and scholarships contact

Symposium Dinner --
Roundtable Assoc. of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Dir.
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (included in Symposium registration)


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mass with Catholic Labor Network Gathering Participants
8:00 a.m. -- 8:45 a.m. (all gathering for CSMG 2015 are welcome)

Catholic Relief Services Annual Diocesan Directors Meeting
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (by invitation -- diocesan directors and invited guests)

Catholic Relief Services’ 2015 Annual Diocesan Directors’ Meeting will serve as an excellent opportunity to reconnect with and be energized by the global solidarity mission of CRS.  During the meeting, Diocesan Directors will hear from many leaders at CRS about our overseas work, the engagement of U.S. Catholics in these efforts and an opportunity to reflect on successful practices for faithful formation around global solidarity.  As always, the meeting will offer the chance to network and enjoy the spirit of solidarity!  For information, contact Chris West at 410-951-7454 or

Catholic Labor Network Gathering
New Avenues for Expanding Solidarity
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This summer, Pope Francis greeted the 103rd meeting of the International Labor Organization (ILO) with a message that read in part, “The Holy See expresses its appreciation of the ILO’s contribution to upholding the dignity of human work… It is also time to reinforce existing forms of cooperation and to establish new avenues for expanding solidarity.” The Holy Father cited challenges like the migration of labor, the exploitation of domestic workers, and upholding international labor standards.  There are indeed many fields where Church and labor unions share common priorities and values: protecting the dignity of work and the right of workers to organize, the protection of immigrant workers, securing decent work for poor and unemployed, and promoting fair trade, to name a few. Speakers at the Catholic Labor Network event in 2015 will share ways they have partnered with worker organizations in advocacy or service, and will lead discussions with participants to explore “New Avenues for Solidarity” going forward.  Event fees apply -- $50 for the meeting, $50 for the lunch (12:00 -- 1:00 p.m.).

National Catholic Partnership on Disability Meeting
Encountering Christ in the World of Disability

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

People with disabilities face many hurdles as they seek to live and engage in their communities.  All are invited to this meeting to consider where Christ can be found within the realities experienced by many who live within the world of disability—stigma, high unemployment, lack of accessible/affordable housing, insufficient health care, threats posed by legalized physician-assisted suicide.  Speakers will include John Foppe, Executive Director of the St. Vincent DePaul, Archdiocese of St. Louis; Dr. Nancy Thompson, NCPD Director of Programs and Diocesan Relations, and mother of a son with significant disabilities; Maggie Gutierrez, Consultant in Catechetics and RCIA, disability advocacy.  For information contact Jan Benton at 202-529-2933; 202-529-2934 (tty);

Major Superiors of Men and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
A Gathering for Women and Men Religious
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join us for some informal conversation and networking.  This will be a chance to meet religious men and women and their colleagues who are ministering as justice and peace promoters of religious institutes. There will be time to hear about congregational priorities, actions, and campaigns and to explore opportunities for collaboration at the national, regional, and local levels.  Eli McCarthy of CMSM and Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND of LCWR will facilitate the meeting.

Catholic Rural Life
Faith, Food and the Environment -- The Vocation of the Agricultural Leader
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (lunch included)

The landscape of modern agriculture is shifting in new and sometimes unpredictable ways, as forces like globalization, industrialization, and biotechnology change the way farming is carried out across the world. Amidst this unknown frontier, today’s agricultural leaders must tackle some of humanity’s most important—but difficult—challenges, from providing food for all to ensuring the vitality of the environment for generations to come. Fortunately, a source of guidance may be found in various faith traditions, which offer principles and wisdom regarding the stewardship of creation and social justice that provide a helpful way of understanding the vocation of the agricultural leader in the 21st century.  Participants will discuss these contemporary agricultural challenges and possible solutions. Information will also be provided about an international symposium on related topics in Milan, Italy later this year. The developments that emerge from the symposium will be used to create a comprehensive set of practical resources intended to help agricultural leaders around the world navigate their vocation in these trying and changing times.  Fees apply -- $60.00 per person.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(all welcome – please bring your lunch)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Voice of the Poor Committee will meet to share experiences, discuss objectives for 2015, and talk about issues related to the condition of the poor and disenfranchised for the purpose of helping Vincentians to live their faith. This will be an interactive discussion.  Visitors are welcome.  For information, contact Jack Murphy at, or 404-201-0270.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dinner
Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(all registered CSMG participants welcome)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is proud to present the 2015 Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award to the CCHD Committee of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The CCHD committee in Baltimore, under the leadership of CCHD diocesan director Msgr. William Burke, and committee chairs Glyn and Jeanne Bailey, has worked tirelessly since 1972 to promote the work of CCHD in Baltimore and build relationships with parishes, grantees and potential applicants throughout the city. Along with coordinating the CCHD collection and working with CCHD grantees to empower low income families to address poverty through institutional change efforts, the committee continues to manage a robust local CCHD grant program that provides seed funding, technical assistance and organizational development for emerging organizations. CCHD’s Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award is presented annually to a group or individual working on the margins that has demonstrated outstanding witness to Gospel values and action on behalf of justice.

Catholic Relief Services Campus Ambassador’s Meeting
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Contact Danielle Roberts at CRS ( with questions about this event.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Catholic Charities U.S.A. Breakfast
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (all registered CSMG participants welcome)

Our speaker will be Fr. Ragan Schriver, Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Tennessee College of Social Work.  Father Ragan is a former member of the CCUSA Board of Trustees, and is the former executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. He holds an M.A. and M.Div. from Kenrick School of Theology in St. Louis, an M.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and an M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Luncheon with Special Guests
12:15 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m.
(all registered CSMG participants welcome)

David Brooks and Mark Shields of the PBS NewsHour join Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development for a conversation about the national political and legislative landscape.  They will explore the implications of our national political process for those who seek to promote justice, peace, and human life and dignity.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development
Professional Enrichment for CCHD Diocesan Directors

3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(by invitation -- diocesan directors and invited guests)

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s annual professional development and networking session for diocesan directors will survey the challenges to overcoming poverty and injustice in the United States in the last year. The agenda will be driven by diocesan director participants, and will explore the hands on challenges and opportunities in actualizing Catholic social teaching through CCHD. Participants will have an opportunity to delve deeply into congregation-based community organizing and the issues faced by community organizing groups with Dr. Richard Wood of the University of New Mexico, consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on CCHD and expert on faith-based organizing, as well with leaders from POWER, a CCHD supported organization in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This session will be democratically structured and will demonstrate best practices in generating effective community dialog. There will be opportunities to engage issues such as involving young persons in the work of CCHD, the most recent manifestations of racism and police violence in our country, and effective CCHD communications.

Diversity Outreach Initiative Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(by invitation -- DOI participants and guests)

Participants in the CSMG 2015 Diversity Outreach Initiative gather together with representatives of organizations that collaborate in presenting CSMG to celebrate the diverse gifts and cultures of our Church, and the ways they enrich and strengthen our mission to promote justice, peace, and life.

Creating Collaboration: Student Leaders and State Catholic Conferences
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Contact Barbara McCrabb of USCCB's Secretariat of Catholic Education with questions (

Evening of Prayer with Adoration
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Our prayer space is reserved this evening for a time of contemplation.  All CSMG participants are invited to participate in any part of these prayers.  Join in lectio devina at 7:00 p.m.; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 7:30 p.m.; the rosary in Spanish and English starting at 8:00 p.m.; sung prayer in the style of Taizé will begin at 9:00; and Benediction at 9:50 p.m.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Catholic Relief Services Celebratory Breakfast
7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
(all registered CSMG participants welcome)

Join CRS as we celebrate our spirit of solidarity with our brothers and sisters overseas and the 40th anniversary of the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten program.  We will celebrate CRS Rice Bowl and share its special connection for families and faith communities through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving.  We will also honor the recipient of the annual CRS Rice Bowl Diocesan Director award.

Table Discussion Topics During Boxed-Lunch
12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.

For CSMG participants who would like some additional enrichment, informal conversations will be taking place in the Blue Room on the following topics:  Q&A about CCHD; Reductions in Worldwide Poverty; Looking Ahead to SASI 2015; CCHD Intern Alumni Conversation; Ways to Participate in the Canonization Effort for Dorothy Day; Anticipating Pope Francis's Ecological Encyclical.

Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty
Key Strategy Meeting to End the Use of the Death Penalty

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
(registered CSMG participants are invited to bring their boxed-lunch to the meeting)

CSMG participants will have the opportunity to join leaders in the death penalty repeal movement to discuss the latest developments and strategy. Hear about the goals in your state, research and resources from Catholic organizations, and share with others the work you are doing! For more information contact

Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
29th Annual Harry A. Fagan and Servant of Justice Awards Banquet

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(additional registration required -- fees apply)

Join members of the Roundtable and colleagues in acknowledging the great contributions Dan Misleh and Dee Rowland have made to the social justice mission of the Church.  Named after the Roundtable Association’s founder, the Harry A. Fagan Award is our highest honor. We will honor Dan Misleh, the founding director of Catholic Climate Covenant, for engaging Catholics in a response to climate change that promotes the common good and the protection of the poor.  The Servant of Justice Award is given to a member or former member of the Roundtable. We are pleased to honor Dee Rowland’s 26 year career promoting Catholic social justice in the Diocese of Salt Lake City.  Fees apply -- $122 per person.  For information on scholarships, to purchase an advertisement in the program booklet, or to learn about pricing for a full table at the banquet please contact or call 202-635-5828.

CSMG Young Leaders Initiative Meeting
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
(YLI participants only)

Participants in the CSMG 2015 Young Leaders Initiative will meet to reflect together on their experience of the Gathering and to discuss ways of living faith and justice on college and university campuses and beyond.

CSMG Young Leaders Initiative Dessert Social
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
(by invitation -- YLI participants and guests)

Participants in the CSMG 2015 Young Leaders Initiative will enjoy dessert refreshments and an opportunity for relaxed conversation with each other and invited representatives of CSMG partner organizations.

Theological Reflection for Experienced Pastoral Ministers and Young Professionals
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

If you are between the ages of 20-40, please consider joining your colleagues for some time of theological reflection.  By finding God in our daily work, we are better able to identify what we are being called to and how God is present in our daily lives.  This is an opportunity to develop formation practices and to expand imagination for ministry. By sharing our stories and understandings of ministry practices we encourage our growth "To Go Forth." Space is limited to 40.  Please contact Genevieve Mougey at to reserve your spot.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Advocacy Visits on Capitol Hill
10:30 a.m. -- 4:00  p.m.

Every participant is encouraged to visit his/her members of Congress and their staff representatives to advocate on our priorities, and to leave behind our Capitol Hill Message.  Please remember that many personal items are not permitted through security at the Capitol, and you should not plan on bringing any of your luggage on your visits.  To ensure successful visits we encourage you to take advantage of luggage storage facilities either at the Omni Shoreham (for registered guests) or at Union Station (see CSMG Daily Bulletin or CSMG Registration Desk for details).  A limited number of round-trip Metro fare cards are available for purchase at the CSMG Registration Desk (times listed in the Program Book).  They are intended for those who anticipate difficulty using the fare machines in Metro stations.  The price is $7.10 per fare card, which covers one round-trip journey to Capitol Hill.  Please bring exact change.

Capitol Hill Reception
4:00 p.m. -- 5:30  p.m.

All registered CSMG participants are invited to join in this celebration of Catholic advocacy for the common good.  CSMG 2015 ends with the conclusion of this reception at 5:30 p.m.

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