January 25 – 28, 2020

Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Theme: Bearing Witness: Life and Justice for All

CSMG 2020 Pre-Gathering Meetings and Events

Please note that some Pre-Gathering meetings and events may entail fees in addition to registration fee for 2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering.  In addition to online registration, registration may be possible onsite at the CSMG Registration Desk. Below is a working list of Pre-Gathering Meetings and Events and the 2020 CSMG schedule. Updates are ongoing.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


Morning Prayer with the Catholic Labor Network (open to all)

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Catholic Relief Services Annual Diocesan Directors Meeting (directors only)

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Catholic Labor Network Meeting & Luncheon (fees apply)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


U.S. Native Americans: How the U.S. Church Can Learn from the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission  (invite only)


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.      


National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) Meeting (open to all)

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul Open Meeting (please bring your lunch - visitors welcome)

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Catholic Campaign for Human Development Annual Diocesan Directors Meeting (directors only)

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.    


Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travelers (PCMRT) (invite only)

2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

Saturday, January 25, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Exhibit Hall (set-up)

1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Exhibit Hall (open)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Young Leaders Initiative Welcome Brunch (for all participants in YLI and campus delegations)

12:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.


Diversity Initiative Welcome Luncheon (welcome to all, fees apply for non-scholarship recipients)

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Orientation for First-Time Participants

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Advocacy Training 101 (optional - intended for those new to legislative advocacy)

2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


State Captains Caucus (by invitation)

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Keynote Presentation—Our Call to Holiness: Life and Justice for All
Opening remarks:
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago
Personal testimony from Terri Steinberg, mother of a wrongfully convicted prisoner previously on death row

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.



4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Welcome Mass (Vigil Mass for Sunday)
Principal Celebrant & Homilist: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Dinner with Catholic Campaign for Human Development & Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award (all registered CSMG participants welcome)

Award recipient: Ronnie Moore of the Archdiocese of New Orleans

Sunday, JANUARY 26, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.



7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.


Catholic Charities USA Breakfast (all registered participants welcome)

8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs – V Encuentro Remarks

8:45 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.


Opening Prayer

9:05 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.


Welcome and Introduction of Speakers

9:20 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.


Panel Discussion with Q&A—Building Bridges: Sharing Best Practices of Life and Justice for All

Darius A. Villalobos, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry


F. DeKarlos Blackmon, Director, Secretariat of Life, Charity, and Justice, Diocese of Austin

Kathleen Domingo, Senior Director, Office of Life, Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Wayne E. Romo, Director of University Ministry, St. Mary's University

Sr. Anne Victory, Board of Directors Chair, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.


Coffee Break

10:40 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.


Break-Out Rooms with Action Planning

11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.



12:10 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


Lunchtime Conversation with Special Guests: David Brooks and Mark Shields, PBS NewsHour (closed to media)

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


CCHD Plenary Presentation: Transforming Communities with Restorative Justice

: Alexandra Carroll, Communications Manager for Social Mission, Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, USCCB


Julie Anderson, Coordinator for Communities & Relatives of Illinois Incarcerated Children, Precious Blood Ministries of Reconciliation

Orlando Mayorga, Re-entry Coordinator, Precious Blood Ministries of Reconciliation

Greg Tichenor, leader with Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together

Karen Williams, leader with Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p. m.


Coffee Break (with dessert)

3:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.  


Skill Training for Interpersonal Conflicts and Difficult Conversations: Nonviolent Communication (this session will span A&B)

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.


Community Workshops: Group A (concurrent)

  • A1: Migration-Based Advocacy on the Diocesan Level
  • A2: Racial Wealth Gap Simulation
  • A3: Encounters at the Crossroads of Life and Justice
  • A4: Laudato Si' at 5: Where we've been and where we're going
  • A5: Restorative Justice at the Crossroads: Opportunities for Restorative Justice in Individual, Community, and Systemic Transformation
  • A6: Preaching Justice in an Unjust World

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.




5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.


Community Workshops: Group B (concurrent)

  • B1: Meaningful Work –Necessary Element of Integral Human Development
  • B2: Frédéric Ozanam: Applying the First Vincentian’s Work and Witness to our Social Ministry Today
  • B3: Church and Unions Partner to Seek Justice for All
  • B4: Voices from the Peripheries: A Call for Justice, Accompaniment and Human Development in the Hispanic/Latino Community
  • B5: The Hidden Periphery: Pregnant Women in Need
  • B6: Prophetic Advocates: A Witness that Leads


6:15 p.m. - Onward


Free evening with optional events.

6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Book Launch Reception: Everyone Belongs Children's Book on Racism (limited space available)

7:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.


Evening Prayer led by representatives of the Young Leaders Initiative (All are welcome!)

8:00 p.m.


Private Screening of Just Mercy, co-sponsored by Catholic Mobilizing Network and the Archdiocese of Washington

Monday, jANUARY 27, 2020

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.




7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.


Daily Mass
Principal Celebrant & Homilist:
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services


7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


Catholic Relief Services Breakfast (all registered participants welcome)


8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Exhibit Hall


9:00 a.m. - 9:20 p.m.


Opening Prayer


9:20 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Domestic & International Policy Plenary Presentation: Bearing Witness to Life and Justice Through Policy Change at Home and Abroad

Kim Daniels, J.D., Georgetown Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life


Kimberly Mazyck, Senior Manager, Engagement and Educational Outreach, Catholic Charities USA

Gerard Powers, Director, Catholic Peacebuilding Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Michael N. Okińczyc-Cruz, Executive Director, Coalition for Spiritual and Public Leadership (CSPL)


10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Coffee Break


11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Legislative Issues Briefing (closed to media)


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Working Lunch: State Delegations Meetings (closed to media)

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


Policy Workshops: Group A (concurrent)

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.




3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Policy Workshops: Group B (concurrent)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Advocacy Training 201 (optional -- further skills building and answering your tough questions on priority issues)

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Advocacy Training 301 (by invitation)

6:00 p.m. - Onward


Free evening with optional events


6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Diversity Outreach Initiative and Young Leaders Initiative Reflection and Reception (for all participants in DOI/YLI, campus delegations, and invited guests)


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


CCUSA will offer the Community Action Poverty Simulation

7:45 p.m.


Free Movie Night! (Please join us for a free screening of Miss Virginia)


7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.



8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Sending Mass
Principal Celebrant & Homilist:
Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington 

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Continental Breakfast (all registered participants welcome)

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Capitol Hill Visits (lunch on your own)

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Capitol Hill Reception (I.D. and CSMG registration badge required)

5:00 p.m.


CSMG 2020 Concludes