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.
The 2019 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering was a great success! Here are some highlights:
CSMG 2019 was held Feb. 2-5 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C
559 participants registered from 91 dioceses, 42 states, and 4 countries.
More than 75 participants from 26 colleges attended as part of the Young Leaders Initiative, and 97 participants received scholarships through the Diversity Outreach Initiative.
The 2019 theme was "Let Justice Flow (cf. Am. 5:24): A Call to Restore and Reconcile."
Over a dozen USCCB offices and 15 organizations collaborated to plan and implement the Gathering.
26 organizations participated as exhibitors.
In addition, here are some highlights from CSMG 2019's dynamic and engaging program:
Bishop participation: Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and USCCB President, celebrated the Sending Mass and offered remarks at the Capitol Hill reception; Msgr. Brian Bransfield welcome and introduced Sunday’s plenary speakers; Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, celebrated the Opening Mass and offered reflections during Sunday prayer; and Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, Chair of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, celebrated the Monday Mass and introduced that morning’s plenary speakers.
More program highlights: Programming at the 2019 CSMG highlighted the Pastoral Letter Against Racism through a panel moderated by Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism that included Fr. Henry Sands, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Ms. Elena Segura, and Fr. Patrick Longalong. Msgr. Ray East offered the opening keynote. Sergio Lopez moderated an international/domestic plenary panel on “Pursing Justice & Reconciliation” featuring Justice Janine Geske, Dr. Daniel Philpott, and Mr. Javier Bustamante. A CCHD panel highlighted the voices of immigrant and refugee leaders, and Sr. Norma Pimentel received the Sr. Margaret Cafferty Development of Peoples Award.
Advocacy: On the final day of CSMG, participants conducted 195 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.
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.
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