The 2022 National Assembly in Buffalo, New York, provided an important time for our members to meet both in person and online focusing on the theme “One in the Mission of Christ: Co-Responsibility in Religious Leadership.” Our excellent speakers and panelists helped us reflect theologically, ecclesiologically, and practically. The membership elected a President-Elect, Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, CPPS, and an At-Large Board Member, Fr. Brian Paulson, SJ. All who participated in the Assembly kindled or deepened relationships with one another. The time together was a great joy for all.


We are grateful to our sponsors and exhibitors for their important support of our Assembly. Below you will find links to the Presidential Address by CMSM President, Brother Kevin Griffith, CFC, videos of the Assembly plenary sessions, and summaries of the Pre and Post Assembly sessions. The sessions from the Young Religious Gathering were not recorded since these were interactive with the group. We were blessed to have the young men religious with us!


We appreciated having representatives from several religious conferences and partner organizations with us as our guests, including the Canadian Religious Conference, the Confederation of Latin American and Caribbean Religious, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the National Religious Retirement Office, the National Religious Vocation Conference, the Religious Brothers Conference, the Religious Formation Conference, and the Resource Center for Religious Institutes. Each added to the experience of the Assembly and witnessed co-responsibility in religious leadership.


Building off this year, our theme for our 2023 Assembly is “We are the Body of Christ: Charism and Community.” We will be in Kansas City, Missouri. The time together will start with our Pre-Assembly on July 31, our Assembly from August 1-3, and a Post-Assembly on August 4. Mark your calendars now and please plan to join us!


In prayerful solidarity,


Frank Donio, SAC
Executive Director


This is an excerpt from the August Items of Note. Items of Note is a monthly email for CMSM members and partners. If you are not receiving Items of Note once a month via email, please email