2021 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

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Saturday, February 6-Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Virtual Gathering



The 2020 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering was held on January 25-28 and welcomed 649 participants from 100 dioceses to Washington, D.C. The theme was: “Bearing Witness: Life and Justice for All.” The Office of Education and Outreach (E&O) collaborated with numerous USCCB offices including the Pro-Life Secretariat and 16 national Catholic organizations to plan and implement another successful Gathering that included bringing together 140 individuals (an unprecedented number) from diverse ethnic and ability backgrounds to CSMG through the Diversity Outreach Initiative (DOI). This year, we also welcomed ninety-two participants in the Young Leaders Initiative (YLI) representing 40 college and university campuses. During the Hill day, participants visited 222 Congressional offices to share issues of key concern. Program highlights included an opening keynote and Welcome Mass by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago; presentation of the Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award to Ronnie Moore, a community leader from the Archdiocese of New Orleans; a panel on bridgebuilding on life and justice featuring prominent ministry leaders; a CCHD panel with community leaders who work in restorative justice; a domestic and international policy focused on issues of human life and dignity; and a sending Mass by Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville.

Our Call to Holiness: Life and Justice for All
Opening Keynote Remarks by Cardinal Blase Joseph Cupich Saturday, January 25, 2020

Monday Morning Homily by Archbishop Timothy Broglio
Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday Reflection by Archbishop Timothy Broglio
Monday, January 27, 2020


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 aingle voice to protect the lives and dignity of all people. Visit our CSMG Highlights page to learn more.

The CSMG Planning Committee



"When we live oupirituality 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.

  • Students and faculty from colleges and universities are invited to join other professionals and volunteers in Catholic social ministry deepening their faith and understanding, and raising their voices with legislators on matters of national and international concern.
  • For more information visit our Young Leaders Initiative page. Faculty or staff interested in helping students participate are asked to read this info page and complete an interest form .
  • Bart of this important opportunity for young Catholic leaders' formation and action -- spread the word!

CSMG Diversity Outreach Initiative

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.