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Descriptions of CSMG Special Events


Friday, january 22, 2016

Symposium of the Roundtable Assoc. of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
Creating a Culture of Life and Dignity -- Confronting a Throw-Away Culture

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This symposium brings together pro-life and social justice ministries for dialogue, including how social justice leaders and pro-life supporters can work together to promote a culture of life and dignity. Participants will explore the latest research on viewpoints of people in the pews related to life and justice issues. A special welcome is extended to all who are attending the March for Life including the youth and young adult community as well as those who are attending the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering. This event will include a series of integrated roundtables where the pro-life, disability, death penalty, and social justice communities will be brought together to explore models of dialogue and collaboration between their respective ministries. Speakers will assist participants by presenting research and best practices on a collaborative approach to confront the throw-away culture and acknowledge the dignity of all human life. Event fees apply -- $85 for Roundtable members, $100 for non-members.  For information about discounts and scholarships contact

  • 4:00 - Refreshments
  • 4:30 - Welcome by Cardinal O'Malley
  • 4:45 - Research presentation: challenges to, and opportunities for, collaboration between pro-life and social action ministries.
  • 5:20 - Q and A and Panel
  • 6:45 - Roundtables: confronting the throw-away culture
  • 7:20 - Discussion and Conclusion

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mass with Catholic Labor Network Gathering Participants

8:00 a.m. -- 8:45 a.m. (all gathering for CSMG 2016 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’ 2016 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
Solidarity in Our Common Home
(fees apply)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Pope Francis said "We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it." (Laudato Si', 229)  Speakers will explore and lead discussions connecting Catholic teachings on mercy, solidarity, and the environment to the world of work and the dignity of work.  Event fees apply -- $60 for this morning meeting.  A luncheon will follow the meeting (additional fee) -- see listing below.

National Catholic Partnership on Disability Meeting
Living Mercy in Our Common Home

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore with us the realities faced by people with disabilities as they seek to live and engage in "our common home." Consider the daily challenges and threats that are faced through unjust policies and legislation that negate and fail to recognize their human dignity. Explore what can be done to create laws and policies that affirm and support the lives of children and adults with disabilities against such challenges as assisted suicide, high unemployment and absence of appropriate job options, lack of accessible/affordable housing, discriminatory policies in health care and Medicare/Medicaid.  What role can the faith community play in affirming the lives of people with disabilities?  For information contact Jan Benton at 202-529-2933; 202-529-2934 (tty);

Major Superiors of Men & the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Meeting
(A gathering for JPICs and members of religious orders/congregations.)
Care for Creation
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join in focused conversation and networking on Care for Creation with attention to key Catholic groups and initiatives. This will be a chance to meet religious men and women and their colleagues who are ministering in religious institutes' offices of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC). There will be some time to hear about congregational priorities, actions, and campaigns, and to explore opportunities for collaboration at the national, regional, and local levels.

Catholic Rural Life Meeting & Luncheon
"Laudato Si" and Rural Communities (fees apply)
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

In June of 2015, Pope Francis published his ground breaking encyclical Laudato Si': On the Care of Our Common Home. The reception of this important and significant document has been varied across the world and within the United States. Participants will hear from a panel of practitioners regarding the various ways communities are living out mercy in rural America through the application of principles from Laudato Si'. Participants will engage in discussions about ways to broaden the exposure and expand the impact of Laudato Si' in more communities throughout the US. Lunch will be served during the meeting.  Fees apply -- $65.00 per person.

Catholic Labor Network Luncheon (fees apply)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m
This luncheon follows the Catholic Labor Network Gathering in the morning.  A separate event fee applies -- $55 for lunch.

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. Visitors are welcome.  For information, contact Tom Dwyer at, or (774) 266-0315.

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 2016 Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award to the Massachusetts Communities Action Network.  Under the leadership of its founding director, Lew Finfer, MCAN has been supporting, training, and developing leaders at the grassroots level since 1984.  It has developed 7 faith-based community improvement organizations that work in cities across the state, and one statewide affordable housing organization.  In the past two years, MCAN took a leading role in Raise Up Massachusetts, a coalition of community organizations, labor, and faith-based organizations, that organized to achieve two major state ballot initiatives: raising the minimum wage and guaranteeing earned sick time for all Massachusetts workers. CCHD’s Sister 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 University Gathering
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Whether you are a veteran CRS Student Ambassador or just looking to learn more about living your passion for global justice and solidarity on campus, join us for an hour-long gathering with like-minded college students.  Campus ministers and other "advisors" are also welcome to join.  Please contact Danielle Roberts at CRS ( with questions about this event.

Sunday, january 24, 2016

Catholic Charities U.S.A. Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (all registered CSMG participants welcome)

Description to come

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)

Description to come.

Diversity Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
(fees apply)

Join our CSMG Diversity Scholarship recipients and representatives from CSMG national collaborating organizations for a lively and spirited networking reception with hors d'oeuvres and dessert. You'll have the opportunity to meet and socialize with a diverse and vibrant group of professionals and students who bring a rich variety of perspectives, skills, voices and vision to our Gathering. Live entertainment will be provided. Fees apply -- $30.00 per person.

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

Building bridges between State Catholic Conferences and student leaders makes for a win/win proposition. State Catholic Conferences play a role in the formation of future advocates as students learn about important issues. Student leaders bring their passion to vital issues in support of Catholic Conference initiatives. Come share your experience and get new ideas as we hear from students and State Catholic Conference staff.  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, January 25, 2016

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

Description to come.

Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors
30th Annual Harry A. Fagan and Servant of Justice Awards Banquet

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

This special awards banquet will be hosted by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors.  The association is the national professional network for those who work at Diocesan, parish, university and Catholic organizations on matters of justice and peace. The Roundtable is committed to deepening the capacity of social action directors to engage in the social mission of the church.  The Fagan Award, the Roundtable's highest honor, is named for Roundtable's late founder, and for 2016 will be awarded to Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J.  The Fagan Award honors a Catholic leader whose work and witness on behalf of gospel and the church's social teachings have significantly impacted many and advanced greatly the causes of dignity, rights and justice throughout the world.  The Servant of Justice Award honors a Roundtable member who has made a unique contribution to the achievement of the Catholic vision of social justice in their Diocese, and for 2016 will be awarded to Mr. Tom UlrichFees apply -- $125.00 per person, with a 15% discount available to Roundtable members. A special event code is necessary to receive this discount, and can be obtained by contacting the Roundtable Coordinator. To receive this code, purchase an advertisement in the program booklet, or to learn about pricing for a full table at the banquet please contact

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

Participants in the CSMG 2016 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 invited guests)

Participants in the CSMG 2016 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 for mission.  Space is limited to 40.  Please contact Genevieve Mougey at to reserve your spot.


Tuesday, january 26, 2016

Advocacy Visits on Capitol Hill
10:00 a.m. -- 3:30  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).

Capitol Hill Reception
3:30 p.m. -- 5:00  p.m.

Join us in a new location for this year's Capitol Hill Reception -- The Hart Senate Office Building, room 902.  All registered CSMG participants are invited to this celebration of Catholic advocacy for the common good.  Photo identification and your CSMG registration badge will be required.  CSMG 2016 ends with the conclusion of this reception at 5:00 p.m.

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