Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 2:00 PM MDT
Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 1:00 PM MDT

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University of Utah                                                110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.                                Salt Lake City, UT 84103  

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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 2019? 

This year's theme reflects our emphasis on giving voice and fostering systemic change for people experiencing homelessness or statelessness, while we also help each other feel at home again in our church.

Social justice ministry is dedicated to serving individuals on the margins of society.  Housing affordability, health care access, racial injustice serve as some of the many barriers to resolving homelessness. For immigrants and refugees, increasingly unwelcoming policies and attitudes are leaving many with no place to call home. SASI 2019 will look at these critical issues as we seek to live our faith and shelter the homeless. 

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 the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, July 25-28.  Learn more about the University at https://www.utah.edu/.

Registration Information

1. When is registration open? 

On-line registration for is open now at SASI Registration and continues through July 12, 2019.  

2. What are the registration fees for SASI?  

Registration fees for the entire event is $485.  This includes the costs of lodging in the university dorms, most meals (there is one evening 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 (Thursday-Sunday) 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 1.

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. For those who may need a dorm room for fewer or additional nights, rooms cost $50/night.

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 2 people).  

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?

Salt Lake International Airport (SLC) is about a 40-minute light rail ride from the University.

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

Cabs and ride-sharing services are available at the airport. TRAX is our light rail line that travels from the airport to the University. Take the green line from the airport. Transfer from the green line at Courthouse station to the red line. Take the red to Fort Douglas station. It is a half-mile walk from the station to the conference registration and dorms.

3.  Is parking available for those driving in?

Parking is available on campus. Parking for Thursday is $10. Parking passes may be ordered directly through this link https://utah.t2hosted.com/cmn/auth_guest.aspx. Parking the rest of the week is free.

Cancellations & Refunds

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

Any request for cancellation of SASI 2019 registration must be received by 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.



Two Feet, One Voice: Building a Home for All

The 2019 Social Action Summer Institute will emphasis giving voice and fostering systemic change for people experiencing homelessness or statelessness, while we also help each other feel at home again in our church.

To ease the registration process, please read through the FAQs on the left before registering!


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12:00-2:30 p.m. Registration Open

12:00-2:30 p.m. Pre-event: Bread for the World Listening Session:  Please join Bread for the World in a one of a kind listening session on the importance of jobs and the dignity of the worker.  Bread is hosting around 30 group meetings/listening sessions just like this to hear from the faith community about what is important to know about jobs.  This will be one of the few gatherings for Catholic lay and professed leaders to share their thoughts about the focus of Bread’s Jobs campaign.

3:00 p.m. Opening Mass: Most Rev. Bishop Oscar A. Solis, Diocese of Salt Lake City 

5:00 -7:30 p.m. Roundtable Awards Banquet: All full registrations include entry to the Awards Banquet at Red Butte Garden and Arboreteum.  Honoring Sr. Norma Pimental

(Half mile walk to the garden-part paved, part packed dirt, plus time in the gardens after the baquet = wear walking shoes!)


9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Prayer

9:15-10:45 a.m. Opening PlenarySocial Enterprise - A Path to Success: Caroline Ross, Sorenson Impact Center; Scott Hurd, Catholic Charities USA; Sean Wendlinder, Catholic Campaign for Human Development; Mikaele Sansone, Catholic Relief Services 

Social Enterprise is an evolving concept that seeks to solve social and environmental problems through market-driven approaches. Our panel of experts will discuss the many opportunities social enterprise presents for addressing homelessness and poverty locally and globally. The Sorensen Impact Center at the University of Utah is a leader in improving the lives of vulnerable populations through research-based policies and practices, public-private partnerships and innovative financing. Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA increasingly use social enterprise to address root causes of poverty. Learn from these entities how innovative business models can do far more than just generate profits.

11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.  Plenary II: Building Home in a Changing Climate: Brian McInerney, National Weather Service; John Robison, University of Utah Global Health; Robert Vigil Catholic Relief Services

Locally, nationally and globally, people living in poverty are most likely to face the negative consequences of climate change, leading to increased homelessness and climate refugees. Our panel of experts will discuss the science behind climate change, the global impacts on health and welfare and the opportunities we have to address climate change and its impacts on people in poverty.

1:30- 5:30 p.m. CCHD and related Visits

One LA: On campus

Powerful Moms Who Care

Wasatch Community Gardens Green Team Farm

Spice Kitchen Incubator

Dinner on your own-explore downtown! 


8:45-9:00 a.m. Opening Prayer

9:15 a.m. -4:30 p.m.  Workshops

Diocesan Track Workshops

The Human Story: The "How To" of Ethical Storytelling: Rebekah Lemke, CRS

Best Practices: The Joys and Challenges of Supervising Interns: Anne Avellone, Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Fundamentals of Public Speaking: Matt Wanazek, Toastmasters

Building Diocesan a Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking: Kat Doyle, Archdiocese of Atlanta

Living Faith: An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching Principles for Ministry: Genevieve Mougey, Bread for the World

Parish Track Workshop

The Parish and "Social Sin": Tom Ulrich, Ignatian Volunteer Corp.

Social Mission as the Key to Parish Renewal: Jack Jezreel, Just Faith Ministries

Knowing, Loving and Serving the Poor: What You Can Do: Blake Brouillette, Christ in the City; Maria Stokes, St. Martin's Ministry; Daniel Quintanilla, St. Martin's Ministry

Implementing Laudato Si: Practical Approaches for Any Catholic Organization: Dan Misleh, Catholic Climate Covenant

Living Faith: An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching Principles for Ministry: Genevieve Mougey, Bread for the World

Thematic Workshops

Organizing for Affordable Housing: Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Serving Rural Communities in Need: Scott Cooper, CCSpokane

Trauma 101: Taking the B.S. (Blame and Shame) out of trauma: Mary Beth Vogel-Ferguson, University of Utah

Innovative Employment Solutions for Homeless Individuals: Adrian Selle, Vivint Smart Home Arena; Vicki Geisler, Utah Department of Workforce Services; Loggins Merrill, Utah Department of Workforce Services

Do I See Jesus in My Neighbor and Why Not?: Dr. Paul H. White, University of Utah

The Church Labor Partnership Project: Working with unions and workers’ centers to promote justice for workers and immigrants: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Catholic Charities New Orleans; Fr. Clete Kiley, UNITEHERE; Clayton Sinyai, Catholic Labor Network

7:00 p.m. Social and Movie Night with Catholic Mobilizing Network


9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Pryaer

9:30-10:30 a.m. CLOSING KEYNOTE: Archbishop John C. Wester, Archdiocese of Santa Fe

11:00 a.m. CLOSING MASS:  Archbishop John C. Wester



Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors