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Join us for the first-ever virtual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering on February 6-9, 2020.

This year, the Young Leaders Initiative at the CSMG presents a unique opportunity to engage a broader segment of your student population, and invite more students than ever before to engage in virtual advocacy appointments on Capitol Hill.

Start your planning now and complete the interest form.

Colleges and universities, Catholic, public, and private, all play a vital role in the formation and education of young and emerging leaders. We invite universities and colleges to participate in this valuable leadership opportunity for students to:

  • Meet national Catholic social ministry and advocacy leaders.
  • Build knowledge of current Catholic social ministry priorities and initiatives.
  • Develop advocacy skills to empower students to call for positive change.
  • Voice concerns with legislators on issues of human life and dignity in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Discover new ways of growing in faith, studies, and future work through Catholic social ministry and advocacy.
  • Share their experiences of their lives of faith with leaders and fellow students.
  • Reflect on their call to advocate for and with those experiencing poverty and marginalization.

Scroll down for more information about participation ideas and timelines.

Students grow as leaders at CSMG -- in society and the Church.

Our advocacy on Capitol Hill…was a tremendous experience where I really felt my faith put into action. By raising a voice for the poor, I felt that I was not speaking on my own but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I really felt empowered by the Gospel message to spread the good news of Christ to others, and I will forever cherish this opportunity to advocate for the poor on Capitol Hill.
- Trevor Bonventre, University of Notre Dame

…It was inspiring to me to see so many people, from all over the country, speaking out for the poor and vulnerable—“being a voice for the voiceless.” I had the opportunity to hear numerous people speaking with the CST lexicon that I learned in my core course last semester, people who were also living out the documents through their careers and vocations. I think this conference helped me to become a better-informed citizen and to see how my faith and politics do not have to be mutually exclusive.
- Clara Hageman, University of Notre Dame

Hear what participants had to say about their experience at CSMG!
Four Reasons You Should Participate in YLI 
Notre Dame students on Prayer and Liturgy
- St. Mary's University participants on visiting Capitol Hill: video 1 | video 2 | video 3

How does YLI work?

Campus communities designate a campus coordinator who serves as a communication point person for your group. Since the Gathering will occur virtually, having a designate will help distribute important meeting times, including when students should plan to attend preparation meetings or their hill visits. Campus coordinators invite participation from student leaders who have demonstrated interest in Catholic social teaching and ministry. Since our Church is strengthened and enriched by great diversity, the student selection process is an important opportunity for campus coordinators to identify and foster leaders of diverse cultures and abilities.  While CSMG does not require the coordinator to attend, we strongly encourage a member of staff (or graduate assistant) with pertinent experience to accompany undergraduate students.

How will students benefit from CSMG-YLI?

CSMG provides students an opportunity to integrate faith, education, and action in pursuit of a better world.  During the three-day gathering, students join a community of professional, dedicated Catholic social ministry and advocacy leaders in their annual gathering to pray, learn, network, and advocate for change.  The experience has proven transformative for students who have attended in the past, influencing their continuing education and even career choices. Meeting leaders in the field opens doors for future contacts, internships, and possible employment. Opportunities for follow-up, reflection, and action back on campus will include national legislative advocacy in students' home districts, and participating in local programs of Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

How are CSMG-YLI participants funded?

Coordinators are asked to seek resources on campus allowing students to participate in this formative, educational, and professional experience. The 2021 virtual registration fee is just $50 per participant. There are scholarships available to assist students with financial need, as well a students from diverse backgrounds. Possible sources of funding include student affairs, student government, campus ministry or Newman centers, academic departments, experiential or service-learning programs, faith and justice centers, and sponsoring religious communities. Campus coordinators should complete an interest form and simultaneously explore funding options from their institution. Interest forms should be completed by December 31, 2020, even if campuses are unsure about their number of attendees.

What else do I need to know?

In an effort to help strengthen this experience and bring the formative time of CSMG back to campus, we have developed a series of meeting prompts and post-meeting reflections so the team can have an impact once they return home from CSMG. Pre and post-meeting agendas will be available to help deepen the experience with your group, whether you meet in person or virtually.

Next Steps: participating in the CSMG Young Leaders Initiative.

Now – December 2020:

  • Consider how virtual CSMG can form students for leadership both on campus and beyond. . View student flyers and email invitations.
  • Submit the interest form!
  • Investigate funding options. Identify other staff or offices who might have similar interests or experience in advocacy.  
    Plan pre-Gathering meetings and agenda.
  • Decide on a deadline for identifying student and staff participants.
  • Get more information on the YLI program

January 2020:

  • Receive an email from CSMG staff confirming participation in YLI and inviting your group to register. Complete online registration for CSMG by February 5, 2020.
  • Take advantage of informative resources and opportunities to prepare those attending the Gathering. Pay special attention to pre-recorded options and preparation work to make the most of your time with experts.
  • Consider how you can integrate CSMG programming into existing programming.

February– May:

  • Attend CSMG on February 6-9th, 2021.
  • Plan post Gathering meetings.
  • Plan events and actions on campus or virtually for spring and fall semesters.
  • Participate in local advocacy with in-district visits, where possible.


The Young Leaders Initiative (YLI) planning team thanks the following institutions for their participation in YLI at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering:

Australian Catholic University
Cabrini College (PA)
The Catholic University of America (DC)
Chaminade University (HI)
Clark University (MA)
College of the Holy Cross (MA)
College of St. Benedict/St. John's (MN)
College of St. Scholastica (MN)
Creighton University (NE)
Dominican University (IL)
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (LA)
George Washington U. (DC)
Georgetown University (DC)
John Carroll University (OH)
Kent State University (OH)
Le Moyne College (NY)
Lewis University (IL)
Louisiana State University (LA)
Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
Clark Atlanta University
Spellman College (GA)
Morehouse College (GA)
Manhattan College (NY)

Marquette University (WI)
Maryland Institute College of Art
Modesto Junior College (CA)
Mount St. Mary (MD)
The Ohio State University
Our Lady of the Lake College (LA)
Purdue University (IN)
Seton Hall University (NJ)
Southeastern Louisiana University (LA)
St. John's University (NY)
St. Mary's University (TX)
St. Martin's University (WA)
Trinity Washington University (DC)
University of California-Merced
University of Dayton (OH)
University of Georgia
University of the Incarnate Word (TX)
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Notre Dame (IN)
The University of St. Thomas (MN)
Xavier University (LA) 


CSMG Young Leaders Committee

Emily Schumacher-Novak (Co-Chair)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development

Samantha Kennedy (Co-Chair)
University of Dayton, Campus Ministry

Barbara McCrabb
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat of Catholic Education

Fr. Etido Jerome
Xavier University of Louisiana, Campus Ministry

Danielle Roberts
CRS, Manager of University Engagement

Lindsay McDermott
Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Ed Nuñez
Creighton University, Center for Social Justice

Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Purdue University, Campus Ministry

Victoria O'Keefe
St. John's University (NY), Residence Minister for Social Justice