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40th Annual Social Ministry Convocation


40th Annual Social Ministry Convocation

Join us for the 40th Annual Social Ministry Convocation (SMC) on March 2, 2019 for a day of prayer, education, and solidarity to inspire and renew us in living out Catholic Social Teaching and working for a peaceful and just society.

The theme Seek Justice, Win Peace! adds energy to a timeless, inspiring quote from Pope Paul VI, "If you want peace, work for justice." We dedicate this theme to our 40 years of continually gathering together in pursuit of justice so that peace will prevail in our local and global communities.

Workshops will be available in English and Spanish and include topics such as: exploring civic engagement, opioid and alcohol use disorders, migration movements in Central America, engaging young adults in social justice ministry, and more!

Each participant will have an opportunity to win one of our 40th Anniversary door prizes! (You must be present at the drawing to win.)

Register by February 22nd to guarantee lunch.

Any inclement weather updates will be posted at the top of this page.


8 a.m.–9 a.m.  Registration, Awards Breakfast, and Social Ministry Fair9 a.m.–9:30 a.m.  Welcome & Opening Prayer 9:30 a.m.–10:15 a.m.  Keynote Address: Ana Grande, Organizing Director, Monsignor Óscar Romero Center10:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.  Break10:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.  Morning Workshops11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.  Lunch & Social Ministry Fair12:45 p.m.–1 p.m.  Break1 p.m.–2:15 p.m.  Afternoon Workshops2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m.  Break2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.  Awards Ceremony, Closing Prayer Service, and 40th Anniversary Door Prize Drawing (must be present to win)


For full workshop information, click here: Registration Brochure

1) CCHD Baltimore: Then and Now Marc Ferretto and Nancy Jackson, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Archdiocese of Baltimore Committee

2) Community Land Trust: A Model for Development without Displacement Harry Smith, Boston’s Dudley Street Land Trust; Garrick Wood, Baltimore’s Northeast Housing Initiative Land Trust

3) One Job Should Be Enough: Service Industry Workers’ Organizing Efforts/ Un Trabajo Debería Bastar: Iniciativas Organizativas de los Trabajadores de la Industria de Servicios (English – AM/ En Español por la tarde) Tracy Lingo, Unite Here Local7; Marriott Employees

4) Civic Engagement: Privilege or Moral Responsibility? Ray Kelly, Baltimore Community Medic*tion Center

5) Spreading Peace in Violent Times Audrey Rogers, St. Vincent de Paul Parish

6) Hunger in Maryland: Addressing Food Insecurity through Advocacy and the Federal Nutrition Programs Brooke McCauley, Maryland Hunger Solutions

7) Faith with Social Justice on the Side? Connecting Social Justice with Young Adult Catholic Communities Rudy Dehaney, Northeast Catholic Community; Justin White, Loyola Blakefield

8) De la opresión a la solidaridad en Centroamérica y más allá/From Oppression to Solidarity in Central America and Beyond (En Español por la mañana/English – PM) Ana Grande, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles; Mónica Rodríguez, Catholic Relief Services, Guatemala

9) The Current Landscape of Opioid and Alcohol Use Disorders (AM only) Dr. Enrique Oviedo, Catholic Charities Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic at Fallstaff

10) Understanding Depression and Suicide in Children, Adolescents, and Adults (PM only) Dr. Mohammed Younus, Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s Villa and Villa Maria Schools

11) Living Solidarity: A Global Impact That Starts at Home/Viviendo la Solidaridad: Un Impacto Global que Comienza en Casa (English – AM/ En Español por la tarde) Kati & Mike Atencio, Catholic Relief Services Parish Animators, Archdiocese of Baltimore/Marimar Trejo, Catholic Relief Services

12) Implicit Bias: The Challenges We Face Sr. Gwynette Proctor, SNDdeN, Archdiocese of Baltimore Office of Black Catholic Ministries

For questions, special needs accommodations, or scholarship information, contact Ryan Sattler at 443-275-1180 or cnlhbnNhdHRsZXIgfCBjb21jYXN0ICEgbmV0.

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