Webinar Series

Resources Now Available for the spring webinar series, Together on the Journey

Screen Shot 2018 03 15 at 3.26.47 PMTitle:  We Belong To Each Other: Creating Sanctuary in a Time of Exclusion
Presenter:  Bethany J. Welch, PhD, Executive Director, Aquinas Center, Philadelphia
Date:  Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT


In this webinar, Bethany J. Welch, PhD and Executive Director of Aquinas Center in Philadelphia, PA discussed the concept of “sanctuary” as it relates to the topic of immigration. She described the discernment process for congregations who would like to support someone resisting a deportation order, outlined components of a successful sanctuary campaign, and identified several other ways that parishes, dioceses, and communities can create or manifest sanctuary for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

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Presenter:  Genevieve Mougey, MDiv, Senior National Associate for Roman Catholic Engagement at Bread for the World
Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 2 PM EST / 11 AM PST


Genevieve Mougey, Senior National Associate for Roman Catholic Engagement at Bread for the World discussed how social action ministers can embrace the crossroads in our lives as opportunities to listen, advocate, and dialogue with one another. By embracing these moments, ministry leaders can move beyond tension and learn to advocate for and with those who are vulnerable.

The Roundtable organizes webinar discussions on practical topics of greatest interest to the membership. Recent topics have included Moving the Mission to the Middle of the Church, Using Games to Teach Catholic Social Teaching, What’s at Stake in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

Ministry on the Margins Fall 2017 Webinar Series

The Fall 2017 webinar series titled, Ministry on the Margins, seeks to provide diocesan social action directors resources and suggestions on how to address the issues of same-sex attraction, migration, and racism. The majority of social action directors are responsible for one, if not all, of these ministerial areas. All of these issues bring the Church outside of herself to the peripheries of our society, which is what the Gospel and Pope Francis are calling us to do. "We must open ourselves to the peripheries, also acknowledging that, at the margins too, even one who is cast aside and scorned by society is the object of God's generosity," (10/12/14). Please join us for one or all three parts of the series!

Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 3.46.18 PMPart I of the Ministry on the Margins webinar series
TitleOn the Peripheries: Building Bridges with the LGBT Communities
Presenter: Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 1 PM EDT/10 AM PDT

Missed Fr. Martin's webinar?  It is now available!  Click HERE for the recording.  
*NOTE: due to technical difficulties, the first ten minutes were not recorded; we apologize for any inconvenience.

Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 5.01.11 PMScreen Shot 2017 09 21 at 5.01.25 PMPart II of the Ministry on the Margins webinar series
Title: How the Catholic Church Can Heal the Wounds of Racism in Our Communities
Presenters: Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director of Pax Christi, USA, and Ralph McCloud, Director, Catholic Campagin for Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time: 1 PM EST/10 AM PST 

Missed Sr. Patty and Ralph's webinar?  It is now available!  Click HERE for the recording, slides, prayers, and more!
*NOTE: due to technical difficulties, the voice quality is poor. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to rectify the issue.


Screen Shot 2017 09 21 at 3.43.42 PMPart III of the Ministry on the Margins webinar series
TitleHow to Effectively Minister to Migrants and Refugees Despite Political Challenges
Presenter: C. Mario Russell, Director of Catholic Charities New York's Immigrant and Refugee Services Division
NEW Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Time: 1 PM EST/ 10 AM PST

Missed Mario's webinar?  It is now available!  Click HERE for the recording, slides, prayers, and more!

Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)

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Salt Lake City, UT - Two Feet, One Voice: Building a Home for All is the theme for the 2019 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) that will be held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT from July 25 - 28, 2019. SASI 2019’s theme reflects this year’s emphasis on giving voice and fostering systemic change for people experiencing homelessness or statelessness. 

Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving those individuals on the margins of society. Housing affordability, health care access, racial injustice serve as some of the many barriers to resolving homelessness. For immigrants and refugees, increasingly unwelcoming policies and attitudes are leaving many with no place to call home.

Presentations and workshops include basic and best uses of social enterprise, climate change and its impacts on homelessness and statelessness, public speaking skills, organizing for affordable housing, Parish Social Ministry, working with people who have experienced trauma, building strong employment opportunties for people experiencing homelessness and much more!

Please consider joining us this July.  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! CLICK TO REGISTER!


 Philadelphia, PA - Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: 'Love requires a concrete, creative response' -Pope Francis was the theme for the 2018 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) that was held at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA from July 15 -19, 2018. The theme was inspired by a Tweet from Pope Francis: "Love requires a creative, concrete response. Good intentions are not enough. The other is not a statistic, but a person to take care of."

Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving those individuals on the margins of society and within our Church, yet the way in which we minister must evolve. How can social action directors fully embrace the Holy Father's call to missionary discipleship in order to advance God's kingdom of peace and justice? What creative, new methods, new visions can be utilized? SASI 2018 will look to provide new ideas and new ways for social ministers to bring back to their respective diocese or parish.

Check out the 2018 pdfschedule, participant pdflist, photo album and more! 


Steve Prince 300Steve Prince, assistant professor of art at Wayne State University in Detroit, printmaker, sculptor, and graphite artist was the opening keynote for SASI 2018!  Prince takes his message to the streets by using black and white language to preach and teach an original and innovative vision. He spreads a message of hope and renewal to the global community through the cathartic funerary tradition from New Orleans called the Dirge and Second Line. For more information about his work, please visit One Fish Studio.



brother mickeyBr. Mickey McGrath, OSFS is a gifted storyteller and has furthered his art education in the context of social justice and finding beauty in the margins. He was one of the talented speakers featured in the 2018 SASI program where he shared stories about many of his beautiful works of art.  For more information about his work, please visit Bee Still Studio



Screen Shot 2018 02 14 at 4.34.32 PMKate Hennessy, Servant of God Dorothy Day's granddaughter and author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty, was a featured SASI presenter, and she discussed how her grandmother's vision of a more just world radically challenged the status quo. Ms. Hennessy signed copies of her book, which were made available to participants. Check out some of those pictures below.


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The Most Rev. Jaime Soto has served as bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento since 2008 and the former chairman of the USCCB Sub-Committee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He shared his thoughts on the creativity within human ecology and the connection to Laudato Si, which you can read more about here




 St. Peters PortraitRev. Roger Landry from the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations discussed the work of the Holy See at the United Nations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees. His presentation focused on the diplomacy of the Holy See, the vigorous advocacy of Pope Francis, and the context of the world of the Catholic Church throughout the globe can be accessed pdfhere

Screen Shot 2018 04 28 at 1.59.56 PMCaroline Brennan is a Senior Communications Officer for Catholic Relief Services Global Humanitarian Response Team. She has worked across four continents and in 18 countries documenting people’s pursuits to overcome adversity and lead empowered lives—from Haiti to Ethiopia, from Afghanistan to Indonesia. Her travels allow her the opportunity to meet people where they are at in an effort to share their stories upon her return home in an effort to raise awareness of our global Church. Her presentation focused on effective messaging and storytelling and can be accessed here



Genevieve Jordan Laskey HeadshotGenevieve Jordan Laskey HeadshotGenevieve Jordan Laskey HeadshotGenevieve Laskey, CRS; Scott Hurd, CCUSA; and Jill Rauh, USCCB-JPHD facilitated a planning analysis where participatns were able to work through specific opportunities or challenges in sharing the Church's social mission. In this presentation, tips on resources and creative approaches were shared and can be accessed pdfhere.  


EmmaTacke CMNEmmaTacke CMNCaitlin Morneau and Emma Tacke of Catholic Mobilizing Network invited participants to cultivate moral imagination and consider creative approaches to transforming our broken criminal justice system- changes that are grounded in the present realities of harm and violence, while bringing about the God’s vision for reconciliation. Their presentation can be found here.




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In their presentation, the Anti-Trafficking staff for the USCCB's Office on Migration and Refugee Services gave an overview of the scope and prevalence of human trafficking. Their workshop offered practical examples from parishes around the county who embraced creative responses to effecively combat human trafficking.  Learn more pdfhere.




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 Effective advocacy has become even more critical. This workshop examined how advocacy is a key part of our Catholic faith tradition and how we must harness the influence of our Catholic and faith-centered networks. Kim Mazyck, CCUSA and Cheryl Mrazik, CRS presented research on Congrress to help demystify advocacy efforts and enabled participants to create or enhance their own advocacy strategy. pdfPowerPoint and pdfhandout are available for use.




Overview - This five-day program offers first-time participants grounding in Catholic social teaching, biblical theology, and the spirituality of social justice. Returning attendees take part in an advanced program focused on particular areas of social action ministry. SASI is planned jointly with national collaborators from the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, and national partners at Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA. Recent topics covered at SASI have included Supporting Workers Today, Peacebuilding for the 21st Century, Economic Justice, and Racial Reconciliation, and numerous skills-building workshops.

Thank you to our generous sponsors who work to make this event possible!

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Annual Symposium

Each February, as a joint meeting with the larger Catholic Social Ministry Gathering at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, the Roundtable conducts a Symposium through which its members, with the help of resource persons, share their understanding and approach to social justice issues and diocesan social action ministry. The event also includes the Roundtable annual Membership Meeting. Topics at recent Symposia have included Food Justice, Faithful Citizenship, and Privatization of Prisons.