Virtual National Assembly 2020



Each registered participant will receive an email on Monday, Aug. 3, with a link that is unique to you. It cannot be forwarded or shared.
If you have any questions about the Assembly, please contact Susan Gibbs, or 202.525.9554 or Tom Southard, We look forward to being with you for the National Assembly.


In this time of deep pain for our Church and nation, we are called to exercise our prophetic leadership, leading to an authentic transformation within our own communities and throughout our nation. Through speakers and small group discussion, we will seek to explore the historical reality of racism, listen to our brothers who have been hurt by racism within community and beyond, and identify the leadership skills that will help us, as male religious, to guide our communities toward authentic change. For additional background, CMSM statement on racial justice | June 1, 2020.

Registration is open for CMSM major superiors, councilors and other institute leaders selected by the provincial, plus CMSM official guests (guests will receive an email with a registration code). A separate Conversation for Young Religious, with Bishop Elias Lorenzo, OSB, is Aug. 6.

PRESENTERS (partial list)
Most Rev. Fernand Cheri, OFM | Rev. Thomas Ulshafer, PSS | Bro. Tyrone Davis, CFC | Rev. Tim Kesicki, SJ | Bro. Ernest Miller, FSC

Bishop Fernand Cheri, OFM
Rev. Thomas Ulshafer, PSS
Bro. Tyrone Davis, CFC
Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ
Bro. Ernest Miller, FSC



Tuesday, August 4 (2-4:30 p.m. ET)

Presenters include Most Reverend Fernand J. Cheri, OFM, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, and Reverend Thomas R. Ulshafer, PSS, former Provincial Superior and researcher/author of Slavery and the Early Sulpician Community in Maryland (U.S. Catholic Historian, Spring 2019), plus a panel discussion and small group breakouts.

Wednesday, August 5 (2-4:30 p.m. ET)

The annual CMSM member meeting will include region meetings, discussion of the updated Standards and other CMSM programs and finances, our president's address, and votes (by major superiors) on endorsing the updated standards for accreditation, updates to CMSM statutes, and for our President-elect.

Thursday, August 6 (2-3:30 p.m. ET) - Gathering for Young Religious | It is a challenging time for young religious. This afternoon is designed to build fraternity and support with peers across religious life. Most Reverend Elias Lorenzo, OSB, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark and immediate past-president of the American-Cassinese Congregation, will give a TED-style talk, followed by fraternal conversation among the men (within five years of final vows or ordination) on being a religious at this moment in time and supporting each other. CMSM members are encouraged to invite their men to join this free event.

Please contact Susan Gibbs at or 202-525-9554. Also, please save Aug. 3-5, 2021 (optional workshops on Aug. 2) for our National Assembly in Kansas City, MO.