Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)

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.

NOTE - SASI was not held in 2017 due to the USCCB's Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America that took place from July 1-4, 2017 in Orlando, FL.  For follow-up information and videos, please visit


SASI 2018 // July 15 - 19, 2018
Philadelphia, PA



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!