Collaborators Conference

Our first collaborators conference will bring together lay and religious who are involved in the administrative and leadership roles with and for congregations of men religious.  We will network with our peers, and engage in professional development, with a focus on the following areas:


  • Legal (possible topics: church insurance and uninsured losses from claims, AG investigations, statutes of limitations, bankruptcy, andindemnification)
  • Finance (possible topics: internal controls, socially responsible investing, funding liabilities, and benefit eligibility)
  • Fundraising (possible topics: current research in faith-based fundraising, assessing levels of need and generosity, evaluating the needs of institutes, and a theology of money)
  • Communications (possible topics: managing the crisis, digital media that works, what’s your brand?)

For details and to register, visit the registration page.

Safeguarding Workshop 2019

The 15th annual Safeguarding Workshop is expanding! We will offer three tracks this year:

• Supervisors
• Victim Assistance Coordinators
• Review Board leaders, members, and administrators

As always, we will bring together an experienced and knowledgeable team to lead the discussion as we explore the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of safeguarding. We will learn how we can affirm what we are doing well, address the new challenges before us, and implement interventions to strengthen our responses and programs.

Registration is now open.

If you are a CMSM member, the safeguarding contact for a CMSM member’s religious institute, or interested in sponsoring this workshop, please contact Tom Southard.

Winter Leadership Gathering 2020

Take time away to relax and recharge with reflection, daily Mass and prayer, time on your own, socials, and wonderful meals. Perfect for individuals or councils.

Fr. Domenico Di Raimondo, MSpS, director of the House of Prayer for Priests in Orange County, California, will speak on the theme, “Do this in Memory of Me.”

Even if these are the words of the institution of the Eucharist, in a broader sense, Jesus invites every major superior to do everything we do “in Memory of Him.” It is His way of reminding us to be incarnate as He was; to walk in the presence of the loving Father as He used to do; to carry our treasure in an earthen vessel as He did.

Our days together will offer us a time to refresh and cherish:

  • The moment of election with its joys, fears and hopes;
  • The grace and the burdens of our ministry in the present age; and
  • To talk about self-care, team work, fostering a positive and life-giving spirit and enthusiasm and to offer advice to each other from the health of our personal experience.

The Redemptorist Renewal Center is adjacent to the Saguaro National Park. Registration includes accommodations, meals and socials, and program.

Registration is open here.  

National Assembly 2020





Save the date for the 2020 National Assembly in Buffalo, New York!

Justice & Peace Immersion Trip in our Nation’s Capital

Intersectional Challenges: Poverty, Migration, and Racism in our Nation’s Capital
Register here by Aug. 1, 2019

In the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and praxis, local groups and religious leaders will guide us with insightful social analysis, encounters, and drawing on the dimensions of active nonviolence and a just peace ethic to both understand poverty, migration, and racism in our nation’s capital, as well as envision social transformation. We will encounter the dynamics of one of the poorest parts of our country in the midst of one of the wealthiest areas, the experiences of migrants intersecting with such poverty, and key structural challenges, such as gentrification.

Encounter: We will have the opportunity to visit organizations working closely with those on the margins. We will learn from speakers from various viewpoints on these issues. There will be regular times for Mass, group prayer, and reflection on our encounters to deepen insight and friendship with each other.

Who: This event is primarily for CMSM members and their staffs. The minimum age is 18 years old.

Housing: Washington Retreat House, 4000 Harewood Rd. NE, Washington DC 20017 (included in registration, along with breakfasts and two dinners)

Cost: $250. Scholarships are available as needed.

Draft Schedule

Monday, Oct. 14
Dinner and Orientation

Tuesday, Oct. 15
Mass and Breakfast
Social Analysis Process
Child Poverty and Homelessness
Visit: Gentrification Site
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Reflections on Day and Prayer

Wednesday, Oct. 16
Mass and Breakfast
Visit: Catholic Charities Migration Services
Migration: Congregation Action Network
CASA: Migrant-Led Service and Advocacy Network
Reflections on Day and Prayer

Thursday, Oct. 17
Mass and Breakfast
Visit: DC Government Poverty Plan and Sanctuary City
Reflections on Immersion Trip


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The theme for 2019 is “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue,” which is taken from Deuteronomy 16:20. Learn more here from the Atonement Friars about this annual event and this year’s theme.

The Senior Moment (NOCERCC Conference)

If you are involved in continuing formation for priests (and brothers), this year’s NOCERCC conference focuses on “The Senior Moment: The Fulfillment of a Priestly Life.”

Presenters include:

  • Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI – The Spirituality of Healthy Aging with Wonder and Gratitude
  • Mariette, Danilo, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. – Psychological Issues of Aging in Truth and Mercy
  • Kevin McClone, M.Div., Psy.D., Physical and Sexual Dimensions of Aging with Wisdom and Grace
  • Deacon Steven DeMartino – Let’s Get Practical: Integrating the Spiritual, Psychological, Physical, and Sexual Issues and Insights to the Reality of Today

A Group Think Tank will discuss programming, events, and ministry for senior priests.

Please contact NOCERCC (National Organization for Continuing Education for Roman Catholic Clergy) at or 410-978-3676 for questions, or visit



Exploring the Ratio Fundamentalis: Configuration to the Heart of Christ

The Institute for Priestly Formation and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida, are co-sponsoring a symposium, “Exploring the Ratio Fundamentalis: Configuration to the Heart of Christ.”

The keynote speaker will be Most Reverend Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, Secretary for Seminaries for the Congregation for the Clergy. He will give two additional presentations on Saturday, March 30. His and the other speakers’ presentations will be followed by conversation and discussion.

For more information, including attending only part of the symposium, please contact the Institute for Priestly Formation at or the number above.




Elder Care Summit IV

Leadership and Elder Care: Implications for Person Centered Care – Staffing, Pastoral and Financial Implications

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The 2019 Elder Care Summit will feature a presentation by Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, M.D., followed by a panel of responders:

  • Sr. Peter Lillian DiMaria, O. Carm.
  • Bro. Steve Olert, FSC
  • Deacon Steven DeMartino

There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP by January 31, to Janet Fritz, senior care administrative assistant for Maryknoll, at or 914-941-7636 x 2874, for planning reasons. Arrive at 9 a.m. for coffee and pastries.

Co-sponsors and Planning Team

Deacon Steven DeMartino, Archdiocese of New York
Br. Wayne Fitzpatrick, MM, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
Br. Steve Olert, FSC, Brothers of the Christian Schools
Br. Dan O’Riordan, FMS, Marist Brothers of the School

United States Catholic Mission Association 2018 Conference

A Culture of Encounter: Mission at the Heart of Our Faith in Christ

October 25-27, 2018

Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel

1000 Marriott Dr., Quincy, MA 02169

All Catholics are called to mission –  to move beyond ourselves, to step outside of our comfort zone, to cross some type of border (geographic, socio-economic, linguistic), to risk a personal encounter with a stranger, and to do so in the name of the Gospel.

Scripture proclaims that when we encounter others, especially the poor, those in need, and the stranger, we encounter Christ (Mt 25). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the faithful, through the waters of baptism, are “incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (CCC 1213).

Pope Francis reminds us that our encounter with Christ is at the heart of our faith. In Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father exhorts all Catholics to live with a missionary zeal and not to leave the work of evangelization to a handful of religious. To that end, USCMA strives to convene, connect, and collaborate with missionary orders, groups, and parish-based mission-minded faithful to promote mission and global solidarity. The annual conference is an opportunity for people of faith to come together to share their experience of living missionary discipleship.

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