Assembly Early-Arrival Workshops


We are offering two afternoon workshops this year for those arriving early for the National Assembly. Learn more and sign up now using the links below:

If you have questions about these workshops or about the National Assembly, please contact Susan Gibbs, and 301-588-4030.

Encuentro Migrant Experience
August 5, 1-5 p.m., limited to 20 participants ($65)

Presenters: Bro. Todd Patenaude, FMS, Director of the Encuentro Project, and Beth Riehle, program volunteer

The Marists in the U.S. and Mexico developed the Encuentro Project in El Paso following a General Chapter decision to push to serve on the margins. The program primarily educates groups about the realities of immigration and the border through visits, meditation, and spiritual accompaniment, and also provides direct service to applicants for asylum.

Brother Todd Patenaude, FMS, program director, will provide insight into the process (that he co-led), which resulted in this new ministry. Participants then will have an immersive experience, journeying as a migrant would, gaining insights into the push and pull factors that lead to migrants leaving their homes. Participants also will learn practical ways their institutes or ministries can bring this immersive experience home to provide direct assistance to migrants after they leave the border.

Communications Strategies
August 5, 2-4 p.m., limited to 30 participants ($50)

Presenter: Susan Gibbs, Director of Communications, CMSM, and consultant with Catholic organizations

You know communications are important, but are your efforts working? Learn essential, low-cost (and free) communications tools and strategies to increase the effectiveness of your internal and external communications, plus how to become a media pro with some simple tips and techniques for working with media and giving interviews.

This will be a practical and interactive workshop led by CMSM’s director of communications, who has more than 20 years experience in communications strategy, focused on Catholic organizations.