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)

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.


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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.






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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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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.