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Catholic Social Ministry Gathering Highlights


CSMG 2018: Gathered, Formed, and Sent!

The 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering was a great success! Here are some highlights:

  • CSMG 2018 was held Feb. 3-6 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C
  • 583 participants registered from 101 dioceses, 44 states, and 5 countries.
  • More than 100 participants from 33 colleges attended as part of the Young Leaders Initiative, and 86 participants received scholarships through the Diversity Outreach Initiative.
  • The 2018 theme was "Building Community: A Call to the Common Good." 
  • Over a dozen USCCB offices and 15 organizations collaborated to plan and implement the Gathering.
  • 27 organizations participated as exhibitors.

In addition, here are some highlights from CSMG 2018's dynamic and engaging program:

  • Bishop participation: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and USCCB President celebrated Mass and offered remarks at the Capitol Hill reception. Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, then-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism addressed the ramifications of racism in society and the Church. Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, Chair of the Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America, delivered a Keynote Presentation on "Where is your brother?"  Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and Bishop David P. Talley, Chair of the Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, also participated in CSMG.
  • More program highlights: A Plenary and Dialogue on "Moving from a Throwaway Culture to a Culture of Encounter" included Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA; Dr. Maryann Cusimano-Love, Professor, The Catholic University of America; Fr. Matt Malone, SJ, Editor, America Media; Dr. R.R. Reno, Editor, First Things; and Mrs. Kim Daniels, Moderator. Mauricio López, Executive Secretary of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM), and two indigenous leaders delivered a Plenary Presentation on "Solidarity in Our Common Home" in anticipation of the 2019 Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon.
  • Advocacy: On the final day of CSMG, participants conducted 170 legislative visits on Capitol Hill to share the Catholic perspective on issues that impact those who are poor and vulnerable at home and around the world.
  • Media: Media coverage included 25 articles, 2 television interviews, and 1 radio interview by 7 national and international Catholic media.

Join us for CSMG 2019 on February 2-5!


CSMG 2017 District Visits

For 2017, we focused on "in-district" visits by Catholics during the Congressional Recess week of February 20-24.

To prepare for those visits, we hosted a virtual Legislative Advocacy Issues Briefing Webinar on February 7, 2017. The webinar features advocacy experts from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its collaborating organizations. They reveal step-by-step strategies for advocating with your Senators and House Representatives in a clear, consistent voice on issues important to the Catholic community. Watch now below. 

If you missed our Advocacy Training 101 webinar, you can watch it online now. In the training, we cover the prep work that must happen before a meeting, best practices, and follow-ups.

CSMG 2016 Highlights

Called to Live Mercy in Our Common Home

January 23-26, 2016, Washington D.C.

Thank you to all of our participants, sponsors, exhibitors, and collaborating organizations for your contributions to the success of CSMG 2016.  Details of the program are available in the CSMG 2016 Program Book.

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Feb. 19, 2014. CNS photo/Paul Haring

From January 23 - 26, 2016 hundreds of Catholic leaders gathered to lift our voices in the public square, and to step forward in faith for justice, peace, and the common good.  The theme of the 2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering took its inspiration from the Jubilee Year of Mercy, and from Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si, calling for an integral ecology that connects justice for our sisters and brothers with care of all creation.

CSMG 2015 Highlights

To Go Forth: Encountering Christ in the Heart of the World

CSMG 2015 Program Book

February 7, 2015

Audio of Keynote Presentation -- Father Daniel Groody, University of Notre Dame.

Text of Opening Mass homily -- Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Miami

February 8, 2015

Audio of International Plenary Presentation -- Martina Liebsch, Caritas Internationalis.

Audio of Domestic Plenary Presentation -- Sylvester Brown, Jr., The Sweet Potato Project.

February 10, 2015

Text of Sending Mass homily -- Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Louisville

CSMG 2014 Highlights

Becoming a Church that is Poor and for the Poor

CSMG 2014 Program Book

February 2, 2014

Listen to the Opening Plenary presentation by Mr. John L. Allen, Jr., The Boston Globe.

February 3, 2014

Listen to the Keynote Presentation by Dr. Michael Naughton, the University of St. Thomas entitled "The Power of the Imagination in the Catholic Social Tradition"  (view the PowerPoint).

Listen to the International Comments by Mr. Michel Roy, Secretary General, Caritas Internationalis.

February 4, 2014

"Drones: Ethics and Use" PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University of America

February 5, 2014

Homily by Bishop Richard E. Pates, Diocese of Des Moines

CSMG 2013 Highlights

Promoting Human Life and Dignity in the Year of Faith

Listen to the Opening Plenary Presentation by Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap.,  Archbishop of Boston (click here for text)

Listen to Catholic Social Thought and Our Current Economic Policy Challenges by Dr. Charles M. A. Clark, Professor of Economics, St. John's University (click here to view accompanying presentation slides)

Homily by Bishop Richard E. Pates, Diocese of Des Moines

CSMG 2013 Program Book

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