The Social Action Summer Institute (SASI) is organized annually by the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocese Social Action Directors in collaboration with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Offices of Justice, Peace, and Human Development and International Justice and Peace, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, JustFaith Ministries and the local host diocese or archdiocese. SASI offers a transformational experience that includes field immersion sites, presentations and sessions by national and local leaders connected with Chicago's frontline efforts in racial, social, criminal and economic justice.

SASI’s theme this year is:  "Who is My Neighbor? Discipleship in the Year of Mercy."  The Institute will take place July 17-21 at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Chicago has a unique and timely contribution to make to the national conversation regarding the most pressing justice issues we face, and will provide a particular focus on racism.

We invite all Catholic social ministry leaders who would benefit from spiritual formation, professional development, advocacy training, and participation in a forum to explore social issues in the light of scripture, Church teaching and theology. We particularly invite parish social action ministers, lay leaders, clergy and seminarians.

Spanish Translation/La traducción al español

We have secured simultaneous translation for several presentations taking place during SASI--so take a look at the updated agenda for the Spanish track!

Hemos asegurado la traducción simultánea de varias presentaciones durante el Instituto de Acción Social de Verano. Vea el más reciente programa para la conferencia en español.

Full Agenda



More on the SASI Theme

Fr. Tom Boharic of St. Agnes of Bohemia parish shared on the Young Adult Ministry radio show, The Light Show, how the SASI theme of Racial Justice resonates with the work he does with young people and families through Imago Dei. Listen here!

Msgr. Mike Boland, president of Catholic Charities of Chicago, welcomed Fr. Tom Boharic to discuss anti-violence in light of our upcoming conference.

On their show, Proclaiming Christ, Dcn. Keith Strom and Rachel Espinoza invited Fr. Larry Dowling to share his thoughts on this theme. During SASI, Fr. Larry will lead us in a Stations of the Cross on Anti-Racism.

Invitation Letter from Fr. Ron Hicks, Vicar General

See Spanish translation on the second page.