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Saturday, January 25 – Tuesday, January 28
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Our theme this year is Bearing Witness: Life and Justice for All. The Gathering will be an important collaborative opportunity to bring together colleagues who work on issues impacting life and human dignity across the spectrum such as: maternal and child health, human trafficking, family separation, incarceration, and many more. We hope this will be a chance to open our hearts and minds, and create a space to work together towards the common good.
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is an annual major Gathering organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 10 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.
This year, we are excited to have coworkers in the vineyard from across the country to convene in our nation’s capital and respond to God’s call to love, care for, and protect all who are vulnerable in the communities we serve. Through opportunities for prayer, meaningful dialogue, learning, and advocacy, we will work together as a single voice to protect the lives and dignity of all people. Visit our CSMG Highlights page to learn more.
"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.
The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering strives to recognize, encourage, and prepare young and diverse leaders of our Church's advocacy and social ministries.
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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