Assembly 2018

Youth and Religious Leaders Together: Discerning in Missionary Discipleship
July 31-August 3, 2018 | St. Louis, Missouri | #cmsm2018 | #synod2018

National Assembly Program (PDF)

Our 2018 Assembly anticipated the October 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment (read more in the Instrumentum Laboris for Synod 2018). We explored approaches to:

  • Help young adults respond to Pope Francis’ call to discover their plan for life through vocational discernment, with joy and openness to God, and with participation in our Church and world
  • Engage with national experts and young adults who will offer insight, data and resources
  • Explore topics such as collaborative leadership, communication, inter-generational understanding, vocational discernment and more

Separate sessions for vocation, young adult and youth ministry teams during member-only meetings, 
included a practical workshop on engaging through digital media

A Friday Forum focused on conversation covering the newest (and positive) data on vocations, social media and evangelization,
and perspectives from young adults

On Wednesday we traveled to St. Alphonsus Parish for a racial justice immersion evening with local clergy and young adults. We listened to how they are working for change in their communities, dialogue and pray together. Organized with the support of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Peace and Justice Commission.

Featured Speakers

Bro. Sean Sammon, FMS

Most Reverend David Konderla

Curtis Martin

Very Rev. Ron Mercier, SJ

Rev. Joseph Brown, SJ, Ph.D.


Rev. Tom Gaunt, SJ, Ph.D.

Bro. Javier Hansen, FSC

Mary Hess, Ph.D.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Our Exhibit Hall includes more than 40 exhibitors this year (many are new!). Visit July 31 - August 2.

Learn more about our National Assembly Sponsors whose generous support helps make this gathering possible.

Online Resources