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). 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:
The 2019 theme was "Let Justice Flow (cf. Am. 5:24): A Call to Restore and Reconcile."
Highlights from CSMG 2019's dynamic and engaging program include:
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.
For 2017, we did not hold an in-person CSMG due to the USCCB-wide Convocation for Catholic Leaders that same year. Instead, we focused on "in-district" visits by Catholics during the Congressional Recess week of February 20-24.
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.
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