CMSM National Assembly 2022
Hyatt Regency Buffalo | August 2-4, 2022

The theme of co-responsibility draws together shared leadership, lay-religious collaboration, synodality, governance, and the roles of major superiors, councilors and members of religious institutes. Often posited as an issue only of lay involvement, co-responsibility engages governance, management, mission, and challenges those in leadership to fully engage everyone into “the Church’s being and acting.” 

As religious institutes explore how their charism will continue in a future with fewer religious and resources to continue traditional apostolates and ministries, there are places for greater collaboration with lay people, sponsored ministries, and others. This assembly will give leaders the opportunity to explore the fullness of a co-responsible future for their leadership teams, members, ministries, and charisms.

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Click on the names below to learn more about our speakers.

Dr. Hosffman Ospino
Boston College

Sr Veronica Openibo, SHCJ

Sr. Nathalie Becquart, xmcj
Office of the Synod of Bishops

Fr. Donald Senior, CP
Catholic Theological Union

Br. Ernest Miller, FSC
LaSalle University

Matt Manion
Villanova Center for Church Management

Fr. Kevin J. Storey, CSB
Congregation of St. Basil

Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CM
Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities

Lincoln Snyder
National Catholic Educational Association

Dr. Susan Timoney
The Catholic University of America

Fr. Frank Santucci, OMI
Oblate School of Theology

Dr. Ann Walsh
Redemptorist Conference of North America

Fr. David Muñoz, OMI
Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate

Bro. Kevin Griffith, CFC
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ
Society of Jesus

Fr. Victor LaRoche, OP Domincan Friars, Province of St. Martin de Porres

Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C.
Conference of Major Superiors of Men


  • Dynamic speakers

  • Group Discussions

  • Business & Regional Meetings

  • Board Elections

  • Pre-Assembly, Post-Assembly, & Young Religious Gathering

Pre-Assembly: Co-Responsibility in Charismatic Families

Monday, August 1, all day

Charismatic families give religious men and women, diocesan clergy, and lay people, the opportunity to collaborate in a unique way through living a charism. These families can be formed in formal and informal ways, with varying forms of cooperation. Members of charismatic families often share in formation, dialogue, and mutual service. 

Join us for this day-long program, open to anyone who is interested, on building co-responsibility within the charismatic families. We will discuss the U.S. reality – including associate programs, shared formation opportunities, and canonical responsibilities. For more fruitful conversation, please invite leaders of associates programs, formators, mission leaders, and others interested in this topic.


Fr. Frank Santucci, OMI, Kusenberger Chair of Oblate Studies, Oblate School of Theology

Fr. David Muñoz, OMI

Ann Walsh, Coordinator of Partnership in Mission, Redemptorist Conference of North America

Tuesday, August 2

  • Opening Mass
  • Morning conversation on Theology of Co-responsibility: Dr. Hosffman Ospino
  • Afternoon conversation on Co-responsibility: Sr. Nathalie Becquart, xmcj
  • Evening reception

Wednesday, August 3

  • Morning conversation on Leadership & Co-responsibility: Fr. Donald Senior, CP & Br. Ernest Miller, FSC
  • Lunchtime table conversations
  • Afternoon conversation on Management & Co-Responsibility: Matt Manion & Fr. Kevin J. Storey, CSB
  • Regional Meetings
  • CMSM Business Meeting
  • Wings & Beer Reception

Thursday, August 4

  • Morning conversation on Sponsorship & Co-Responsibility: Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CM & Lincoln Snyder
  • Session synthesis with Dr. Susan Timoney
  • CMSM Business Meeting & Elections
  • Closing Mass
  • Banquet

Post-Assembly: Co-Responsibility in Councils

Friday, August 5, morning

The responsibilities of councils are primarily found in individual constitutions. And yet, there are best practices in co-responsibility that all leaders can learn. In this morning session, we will discuss how councils can guarantee real cooperation and participation of the members through co-responsible leadership. We will discuss how major superiors can effectively rely on their councils for support and how councils can provide leadership for other members of the community.

This workshop is intended for major superiors, councilors, and those with leadership responsibilities in institutes, societies, provinces, and abbeys.


Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ

Fr. Victor LaRoche, OP

Fr. Frank Donio, SAC


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