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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 encourage members to lift up the richness and diversity of their gifts in our shared mission. Limited financial assistance to participate in CSMG is available (see notes 3, 4, and 5 below). Applicants should not register online until they receive written confirmation of a scholarship award with registration instructions from the chairperson of the CSMG Diversity Committee. The Diversity Scholarship Application EXTENDED deadline is Friday, November 8, 2019.
I was fortunate to participate in the CSMG as a diversity candidate. It was extremely beneficial to me personally, and to my Diocese. Not only did I learn so much about the Church’s position on important issues, but I was able to network and collaborate with my colleagues to plan for more effective dissemination of this information to the people we serve in eastern North Carolina."
Director of African Ancestry Ministry & Evangelization, Diocese of Raleigh
Advance the social mission of the Church, within culturally diverse communities, through education, outreach, and advocacy.
The application form and recommendation form are available here, or by contacting our Diversity Committee. All forms must be signed, dated, and submitted by e-mail, or post by Friday, November 8, 2019 (EXTENDED deadline). Scholarships will be awarded, and recipients notified by November 2019. As part of the application process, applicants must obtain a recommendation from one of the following individuals: a CSMG committee member at one of our collaborating organizations; a campus coordinator for our Young Leaders Initiative; or a diocesan director in a related area like social action, human life & dignity, or cultural/disability concerns. Email applications and endorsement forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Direct CSMG-DOI questions to Donna Grimes or Dulce Gamboa, Co-Chairs of the CSMG Diversity Committee. Contact Donna at email@example.com or Phone: 202-541-3178. Contact Dulce at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 202-688-1092.
Individuals are urged to fund their participation to the fullest extent possible through their own resources. Scholarship awards may be applied to cover the cost of registration and/or hotel accommodations. The CSMG Diversity Committee does not extend scholarships to cover transportation or incidental expenses.
Inform others and invite them to participate in CSMG and support our Diversity Outreach Initiative!
Donna Grimes (Co-Chair)
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB African American Affairs
Dulce Gamboa (Co-Chair)
Bread for the World
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development
Fr. Michael Carson
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, Native American Affairs
Sr. Myrna Tordillo, MSCS
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Asian and Pacific Island Affairs
Sr. Joanna Okereke HHCJ
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
Catholic Charities U.S.A.; Engagement and Educational Outreach
Father Alejandro López Cardinale
La Red—National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
Fr. Henry Sands
Black and Indian Mission Office
Estela Villagrán Manancero
National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry
Catholic Relief Services; National Hispanic Engagement, Mission and Mobilization
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