Pre-Assembly Workshops

Monday Afternoon Workshops

Three optional workshops will be held on Monday, August 3, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Workshops are $50 and open to CMSM members and young religious.

To register, select the workshops you want on the National Assembly registration form.  If you already registered for the Assembly and want to add a workshop, click here.

Tentative schedule

Eldercare Planning
Presenter: Br. Stephen Olert, FSC, MS

Learn how to prepare and care for your brothers who are entering the "late afternoon of middle age." This workshop will address fears about retirement, care options, safe community living, aging in place, and the emotional, spiritual and physical aspects of aging. The presenter has professional certificates in gerontology and geriatric spiritual care, and training in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction, including spiritual direction focused on compulsive/addictive behaviors for men religious and clergy. He is former director of the Office of Senior Brothers, La Salle Christian Brothers, District of Eastern North America.

Immigration for Religious 
Presenter: Nicole Bonjean, Esq.

This senior attorney with the Religious Immigration Services program of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), will cover essentials for international members coming to the United States, including understanding visa types and when to use them (visitor, student, and religious worker); the process for entry; and maintaining, changing, and extending status. The presenter also will cover the who, what, when, and why of permanent residence, and discuss hot topics in religious worker immigration law.  Bring your questions for consultation.


Safeguarding Updates for Religious
Presenter: Deacon Steven DeMartino

This past year has brought a lot of changes in safeguarding. The presenter, CMSM's director of safeguarding initiatives, will discuss the latest updates in forming and engaging review boards, ensuring you have a victim-survivor-forward approach, strengthening safeguarding knowledge for new leaders, supervision, transparency, and ensuring vulnerable adults are properly addressed in your policies.