2021 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering

"Make justice your aim (cf. Is. 1:17): Rebuilding Together"

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

Registration to open in early December.

Join us at this year’s virtual gathering of U.S. Catholic social ministry leaders organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development, 10 USCCB departments, and 18 national Catholic organizations! 

We will pray, learn and advocate together on the disparities revealed by COVID-19 and new models of justice and solidarity.  

“The pandemic has exposed the plight of the poor and the great inequality that reigns in the world. And the virus, while it does not distinguish between people, has found, in its devastating path, great inequalities and discrimination. And it has exacerbated them! . . . On the one hand, it is essential to find a cure for this small but terrible virus, which has brought the whole world to its knees. On the other, we must also cure a larger virus, that of social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalization, and the lack of protection for the weakest.” 

- Pope Francis, Aug. 19, 2020 

For more than 30 years, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) has brought together hundreds of participants whose faith inspires them to address pressing current domestic and global challenges affecting our most vulnerable brothers and sisters at home and around the world. This year’s virtual gathering will include: 

  • Inspiring leading voices in Church and society 
  • Workshops with policy experts and grassroots community leaders 
  • Intentional opportunities for best practice-sharing among participants 
  • Resources from dozens of Catholic social ministry organizations 
  • Virtual advocacy visits with elected officials 
  • And much more! 

Learn more about CSMG!

What is CSMG?

For more than 30 years, the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) has served as the major annual Gathering organized by the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 10 other USCCB departments and 18 national Catholic organizations. This central gathering of Catholic social ministry leaders in the U.S. usually draws over 500 participants whose faith inspires them to respond to pressing current domestic and global challenges.

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, whereas 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.

Continue this effort after the Gathering through district visits with members of Congress in your own community.

Visit our FAQs and CSMG Highlights pages to learn more.

Schedule of Events

Financial Assistance

This year only, financial assistance is available to cover a portion of the registration fee for the virtual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering on Feb. 6-9, 2021. Those who meet one or more of the criteria below can apply using the application form for financial assistance. The application will close on January 19, 2021 unless funding is depleted earlier. Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Criteria and Considerations

Applicants for financial assistance must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Financial Need: individuals in situations of financial stress or need.
  • Diversity: leaders and potential leaders from under-represented ethnic, cultural, or disability communities.
  • Geographic Diversity: individuals from underserved geographic settings, including rural and mission dioceses.

Levels of Financial Assistance

  • $25 is the standard scholarship amount in order to ensure that financial assistance is available to as many applicants as possible. At this level, the registrant pays $25 for registration. This is a 50% discount from the regular registration fee ($50).
  • A limited number of “reduced cost” scholarships are available for those with situations of particular financial need. At this level, the registrant pays $10 for registration.

The same application form is used to request assistance at either level. A question on the application asks which level of assistance is being requested.

Please note that completion of the financial assistance application does not register an individual for CSMG.  Recipients of financial assistance will receive an awardee email with a registration discount code and instructions for registration. Awardees are asked to register within five days of receiving the award email.

Legislative Advocacy and CSMG

Legislative Advocacy and CSMG

One of the most important aspects of the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) is participant meetings with members of Congress and their staff on issues of key concern to Catholics. CSMG Legislative Priorities will be identified for Gathering participants to advocate on Capitol Hill.

Diversity Outreach Initiative/Young Leaders Initiative

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.

For more information visit our Diversity Outreach Initiative page.

 

CSMG Young Leaders Initiative

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.
  • Part of this important opportunity for young Catholic leaders' formation and action -- spread the word!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for CSMG will provide your organization with an opportunity to introduce your programs, services, and products to influential leaders shaping the future of Catholic social ministry, policy advocacy, parish life, campus ministry, and the Church's interaction with civil society for the promotion of the common good.  Sponsorship of CSMG, in particular, provides your organization with high visibility as a supporter of the Catholic Church's mission to promote human life and dignity both in the United States and internationally.

To be a part of this important effort download our CSMG Sponsor Kit and Exhibitor Kit.

Media Accreditation

The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG) is a professional meeting of leaders and emerging leaders in Catholic social ministry from dioceses and diverse Catholic organizations. As such, the meeting is closed to the general public, and attendance is by registration only. We welcome attendance by pre-approved representatives of media organizations as observers of the Gathering.

Learn more about covering this event.

Registration Information, FAQs, and Terms & Conditions

Learn more about meeting cancellation/refund, social media, and recording policies. 

Still have questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Past CSMG Highlights

Get the highlights!

Watch videos, read keynote addresses, view programs, and more from past Gatherings!