2019 National Assembly Discerning Our Collective Witness

An Extraordinary National Convocation of Major Superiors of Men

All U.S. major superiors of men, councilors, and their program leaders are invited to participate in a special discernment process on the future of religious life. We will consider religious life today and develop a vision about where and how we can work collaboratively in support of religious life, our institutes and charisms.

Registration is Open for Major Superiors of Men, Councilors, and Teams

Your registration for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men 2019 National Assembly includes materials, receptions, coffee breaks, daily continental breakfast, Wednesday luncheon, Mass and tour of the historic Mission San Jose, and our Thursday social and banquet.

This year, we will meet Tuesday morning through Thursday evening. We will not hold the usual Pre-Assembly Workshop so we can focus completely on this year's important discussion. We are planning three Monday afternoon (Aug. 5) early-arrival workshops on border ministry, restorative justice circles, and communications. Each is limited to 30 people. Registration for those will begin soon. Please see the preliminary schedule.

Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas

National Assembly Highlights

  • Mass at the historic, 18th-century Mission San Jose, celebrated by San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S.
  • Panel discussions with teams of major superiors and younger religious
  • Speakers including Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI; Abbot Elias Lorenzo, OSB; Fr. Ted Keating, SM; Fr. John Bartunek, LC; and more!
  • Small group, region, and full-group discussions
  • Early-bird workshops on Monday afternoon - restorative justice, border ministry, and communications & media (details coming soon)
  • Facilitation by Jim Lundholm-Eades of the Leadership Roundtable
  • Election of a new president, vice-president, and at-large Board positions

Scholarships are Available

Learn more here.


The National Assembly will be held at the Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, which offers a $125/night rate for attendees, as well as a free airport shuttle.

Mission San Jose

Mass and Tour of Historic Mission San Jose

We will visit this 18th century church – an active Franciscan parish and part of a national historical park – via bus for Mass celebrated by San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., and a brief tour.

The mission dates to 1720 and the current structure was completed in 1782. Mission San Jose is the largest of the historic Catholic missions and represents the history, and continuing presence and ministry, of men religious in North America.

Questions? Interested in Exhibiting?

If you have questions about the National Assembly or registration, or if you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the CMSM National Assembly, please contact Susan Gibbs, sgibbs@cmsm.org | 301.588.4030 x 233 | 202.525.9554

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