National JPIC Gathering

Identify, Build and Witness

Join JPIC promoters from across the country for a national gathering on justice and peace efforts for men’s religious institutes. Using the lens of immigration to Identify, Build, and Witness, we will explore what JPIC promoters are doing to create systemic change, while building our national network for collaborative strategic action. While immigration will serve as the lens, we will discuss and learn about a broad range of JPIC issues.  

All CMSM JPIC promoters are welcome. This includes religious and laity who run JPIC offices, sit on JPIC committees, or otherwise support JPIC efforts.  

Topics could include pastoral accompaniment and solidarity, role of religious, engagement with dioceses, spiritual vision of migration, strategic collaborative efforts, and issues that affect migration and migrants (climate change, economic justice, racism, and militarization).  

Registration, Lodging and Travel

The Holy Cross Retreat Center offers simple housing. All rooms have private baths. Registration includes housing for two nights (single and shared room options), all meals, and all program elements.  

See the registration page for information on airport transportation.

Human Formation Conference at St. Meinrad

It is more evident than ever that psychological well-being is an essential consideration when screening, forming and supporting priests and religious. The third biennial Conference on Human Formation will address mental health concerns that commonly arise among men and women pursuing priesthood and religious life.

Topics include addressing mood disorders and anxiety, understanding personality disorders, screening for emotional and psychosexual concerns, dealing with trauma or abuse in discernment, and more.

This conference is intended for religious and diocesan leadership, vicars for clergy, rectors, and formation and vocations personnel. Cosponsored by Saint Luke Institute and Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary and School of Theology.

Religious Brothers Symposium

Bro. Guy J. Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, will keynote the event, discussing “The Prophetic Call of the Brother in the Church.”  Invited presenters from around the world will discuss how brothers are living witnesses of the prophetic Gospel call, followed by small-group sessions in the afternoon for discussion. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, will celebrate the closing Mass at 5:30 p.m.

For those arriving early, there is an optional bus tour to Spencer Abbey on Friday. For those who can stay, we will meet over breakfast at the hotel (included in hotel registration) as the Brothers Think Tank leads a conversation on what we heard and how we can begin to apply it. Our conversation will conclude by 11 a.m.

Registration is $75, including lunch, or $50 for students, brothers in formation, and brothers under 35. Hotel accommodations are $139/night and includes breakfast.

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

Offered by CMSM for major superiors and councilors, the week includes a light schedule with morning reflections led by Fr. Domenico Di Raimondo, MSpS, who will consider leadership from the perspective of “Do This in Memory of Me.” Bishop Gerald Kicanas will be one of our afternoon group discussion leaders.

Schedule | Register here

Take time away to relax and recharge with morning reflections, afternoon discussion, daily Mass, time on your own, socials, and wonderful meals. Come along or bring your council (discount for multiple registrants).

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.

National Assembly 2020

Registration is open for CMSM members and young religious (within five years of final vows or ordination). Visit the link above for details and to register.

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.