Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM EDT
Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Saint Joseph University
5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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Catherine Orr
Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors


Conference Information

1. What is the Social Action Summer Institute (SASI)?

The Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocese Social Action Directors organizes the Social Action Summer Institute annually, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, and the local host diocese or archdiocese with the support of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Justice, Peace and Human Development. SASI offers educational formation, professional development and advocacy training for diocesan and parish social action ministers. Rooted in the principles of Catholic social teaching, SASI provides a forum for people to explore social issues in the light of scripture, Church teaching and theology.

2. What is the focus of SASI 2018? 

The conference this summer focuses on individuals who had a vision of a world that looks different from the current state and took practical steps to make that vision a reality.  Participants will not only witness first-hand the creative vision of these community members, but they will also attend diocesan and parish ministry workshops aimed at sharing best practices in social action ministry. 

3. Who should attend SASI? 

Catholic social ministry leaders, those interested in social justice issues, members of social justice committees; parishioners who want to learn more about Catholic social teaching, apply it to the “signs of the times” and learn skills to be more effective in the public arena – all within the context of prayer, liturgy, and a Catholic spirituality of social justice. A supportive and challenging community of peers helps all participants grow. SASI is also open to those of other faiths interested in social justice.

4. Where is SASI held?

This year SASI will be at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, July 15-19.  Learn more about the University at https://www.sju.edu/.

Registration Information

1. When is registration open? 

On-line registration for is open now at SASI Registration and continues through July 12, 2018.  

2. What are the registration fees for SASI?  

Registration fees for the entire event is $525.  This includes the costs of lodging in the university dorms, most meals (there are two evenings when participants will have the opportunity to choose meals on their own), and all conference registration.  Rates for single-day(s) registration are also available.  See the schedule of fees on the registration site. 

3. How should I register for SASI?

Participants can choose either registration for the entire SASI (Sunday – Thursday) or registration for individual days of SASI. Participants are strongly encouraged to register for the entire SASI. Registration is possible through SASI Registration.  Payment is possible by credit card or check, however, all checks must be received by July 6.

4. Is financial aid available?

Yes, with a priority for diocesan/parish leaders, particularly first-time attendees.  Scholarships are typically partial and never cover travel expenses. Decisions on scholarships for diocesan participants are made on a rolling basis. Parish leaders must have a letter of support from their pastor indicating the applicant’s role in parish social ministry. To explore additional sources of financial aid, contact your diocesan social action director or pastor.  To apply for a financial aid, contact Roundtable at coordinator@catholicroundtable.org 


1. Where do we stay?

Accommodations are provided in the dorms at the University.  Bed linens and towels are provided.  Participants need to bring their own hair dryers, irons, soap and other toiletries.  We also recommend bringing an alarm clock and a reusable water bottle.

2. What is the cost of the room?

The costs of the room are included in the registration fee for participants registering for the full conference. 

3. Will I have a private bedroom/bathroom?

SASI is a community experience. Dorm rooms are single occupancy with a common bathroom among a suite (shared bathroom for 4 people).  A limited number of private rooms are available for a $100 fee on a first come, first served basis. 

4.  Are the rooms accessible for special needs?

A limited number of ADA compliant rooms are available with a shared bathroom.

1. What airports are most convenient for attending SASI 2018?

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is about a 25-minute drive from Saint Joseph’s University.

2. How will I get to SASI from the airport?

Cabs and ride-sharing services are available at the airport. SEPTA Regional Rail also operates a train line that runs from the airport into Center City Philadelphia, where you would have to switch train lines to one that brings you to the university.

Philadelphia 30th Street Station is the rail hub for Amtrak trains, where you can switch to the line that stops near Saint Joseph’s Campus.

To plan your trip to St. Joe’s from the airport or train station, use Google Transit through Google Maps to find the most convenient route to campus.

3.  Is parking available for those driving in?

Parking is available on campus in the parking garage for a fee.  Fees range from $3.00 for 3 hours up to $15 for 6-16 hours. 

Cancellations & Refunds

1. Will I be able to cancel my meeting registration?

Any request for cancellation of SASI 2018 registration must be received by Monday, June 18 to be eligible for a refund.  Refund requests or questions should be directed to coordinator@catholicroundtable.org

2. Is there a processing fee for canceling my registration?

The 6% bank credit card/check processing fee will not be refunded. 

3. If I paid with a credit card, will the refund be issued to my credit card?

Yes, refunds will be made to any credit card by which payment was made, minus the 6% bank credit card/check processing fee.



Cultivating Creativity in Social Justice Ministry: "Love requires a concrete, creative response"

The 2018 Social Action Summer Institute is inspired by a Tweet from Pope Francis: "Love requires a creative, concrete response." Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving those individuals on the margins of society and within our Church, yet the way in which we minister must evolve. Come explore creative ways to achieve our social mission.



Opening Mass: Most Rev. Edward M. Deliman, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Philadelphia 

Opening KeynoteArtist Steve Prince, assistant professor of art at Wayne State University in Detroit, printmaker, sculptor, and graphite artist will be the opening keynote for SASI 2018!  

Prince takes his message to the streets by using black and white language to preach and teach an original and innovative vision. He spreads a message of hope and renewal to the global community through the cathartic funerary tradition from New Orleans called the Dirge and Second Line.

Here is an example of Prince's work: 



Opening Plenary:  Making a Mess in the Name of Love, Ralph McCloud, USCCB-CCHD

Afternoon Plenary:  Power Walk: Michael Trujillo & Marthamaria Morales, CRS 

Diocesan Track Workshops:

Using Diocesan Commissions to Build Your Capacity: Lynn Campbell, Archdiocese of Hartford; Rita Sloan, Diocese of Reno; Tony Stieritz, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Catholic Social Teaching: Basics and Beyond:  Jane Deren, PhD, Center of Concern 

The Creativity of Compromise: Jane Adams & Genevieve Mougey, Bread for the World

The Ampersand: Life and Justice:  Mike Jordan Laskey, Diocese of Camden

Parish Track Workshops:

PSM Resources: Scorr Hurd, CCUSA; Genevieve Laskey, CRS; Jill Rauh, USCCB-JPHD

Forming a "church which goes forth": Global, Missionary Discipleship with CRS Parish Ambassador Corp.: Jeff Wallace, CRS, Anne Avella, Joanne Krantz, Jer Beth Subers

Share the Journey Track Workshops:

The Work of the Holy See in Fostering the Welcome, Protection, Promotion and Integration of Migrants and Refugees: Rev. Roger Landry, Attache, Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

Harnessing the Cry of Empathy from the Pews: Trasnforming Concern for Survivors of Human Trafficking into Active Accompaniment and Engagement: Hilary Chester, Kathleen Goss, Lisa Lungren, USCCB_MRS

Harry A Fagan Award Luncheon Honoring Ralph McCloud


Opening Plenary:  Storytelling: Caroline Brennan, Catholic Relief Services

Plenary:  Beauty Will Save the World; Kate Hennessy, author, Servant of God Dorothy Day's granddaughter

Diocesan Track Workshops

Good Intentions are Not Enough: Collaborating with Worker Organizations to Pursue Worker Justice: Fr. Clete Kiley, Tom Mulloy, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Clayton Sinyai, Catholic Labor Network

The Racial Wealth and Income Gap: Meg Olson, Network

Parish Track Workshop

Restorative Justice: A Creative Approach to Ending the Death Penalty and Transforming Criminal Justice: Emma Tacke, Catholic Mobilizing Network

Creative Processing: Developing Your Story: Mike Jordan Laskey

Evening Plenary:  Art and Peace will Embrace, Beauty and Justice will Meet; Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS


Plenary: Reimagining Possibilities: Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Diocese of Sacramento

CCHD Panel with Site Representatives

CCHD Immersion Experience

Dinner on your own at recommended restaurants


Plenary: CST in Action: Panel discussion facilitated by Bethany Welch, Aquinas Center

Diocesan Track Workshops:

Grasstops Advocacy:  Lucas Swanepole, CCUSA; Cheryl Mrazik, CRS

Building Relationships with the Society of St. Cinvent de Pail to Create Systemic Change: Tom Mulloy, Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Parish Track Workshop:

Grassroots Advocacy: Kim Mazyck, CCUSA; Candace Harris, CRS

Share the Journey Track Worshop

Welcoming the Stranger: Engaging in Policy Advocacy and Grassroots Engagement to Support Immigrant Communities: Ashley Feasley, USCCB-MRS, Melissa Hastings, USCCB-MRS, Matt Davis

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Jesuitical - A Conversation facilitated by young, hip, lay Catholics: Zac Davis, Ashley McKinless, Olga Segura, Jesuitical

CLOSING MASS:  Most Reverenf Dennis J. Sullican, Diocese of Camden