National Assembly 2020

August 4-6, 2020 | Buffalo, NY

Pope Francis challenged religious to be special witnesses of doing, acting, and living, to be prophets going to the margins to transform our secular world. Five years since his call, how are we living out our prophetic witness? How do we “wake up the world” in changing times? We will explore this challenge through the lens of community life, mission, mutual relations, and leadership.

New this year is the Gathering for Young Religious for men within five years of final vows or ordination. The young religious program, being developed with a team of young religious brothers and priests, will focus on strengthening the life and ministry of religious during the early years, building fraternity across community, and developing skills for ministry and leadership.


Selected presenters include Very Rev. Gerard F. Timoner, OP, Master of the Order for the Dominicans worldwide; Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Vicar General, Congregation of the Holy Cross; Rev. Quinn Conners, O.Carm., Councilor, Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary; Rev. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, President, Jesuit Conference; and many more. Plus, Christopher White, National Correspondent for  Crux, will moderate a panel on how religious institutes are using media to transform the world.


Registration for CMSM members and young religious include the full program and all meals noted on the schedule (breakfasts, all breaks, opening reception, Wednesday lunch, and the Thursday evening banquet).

  • National Assembly: $550 through June 21, 2020. After June 21, registration is $595
  • Gathering for Young Religious (within five years of final vows or ordination): $425
  • Optional Monday workshops: $50

Registration for the hotel is $143/night (single or double) for CMSM members, young religious, guests, and sponsors/exhibitors, for reservations made by July 10.


Exhibit space tends to fill up quickly, but we welcome inquiries from organizations that offer services and programs that meet members’ needs. If you are interested, please send your information, including a link to your website and brief information about the services you provide, to Susan Gibbs at