Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)

Screen Shot 2018 02 14 at 4.29.40 PMPhiladelphia, PA - Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: 'Love requires a concrete, creative response' -Pope Francis is the theme for the 2018 Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) that will be 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! NOTE: this schedule is subject to change.



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Steve Prince, assistant professor of art at Wayne State University in Detroit, printmaker, sculptor, and graphite artist will be 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.



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 is one of the talented speakers that will be featured in the 2018 SASI program.



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, will also be a featured SASI presenter, and she will discuss how her grandmother's vision of a more just world radically challenged the status quo.


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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 will be the opening keynote for our CCHD sponsored day. Currently, Bishop Soto sits on the USCCB Committees of Domestic Justice and Human Development and International Justice and Peace as well as on the board of directors for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). He continues to be a strong supporter of social justice ministries.



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.





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.

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Chicago, Illinois – The Archdiocese of Chicago was pleased to host the 30th annual Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) at St. Xavier University in July 2016. The five-day national conference was organized by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Justice, Peace, & Human Development, and in partnership with Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and JustFaith Ministries.

This year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors, who chose the timely theme of: Who is My Neighbor? Discipleship in the Year of Mercy. Chicago offered a unique and timely contribution regarding the most pressing justice issues we face. SASI included a combination of presentations by national leaders, and sessions and immersion experiences connected with Chicago’s frontline efforts in racial, social, criminal and economic justice, while offering education, professional development and advocacy training for diocesan and parish social action ministers. 

Thank you for joining us in Chicago for SASI 2016!