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CRS National Gathering

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June 27-30, 2023 in Washington, D.C.

The CRS National Gathering is an in-person event for select CRS partners from across the United States. Participants will:

  • Cultivate lasting relationships with other CRS partners.
  • Develop and expand your skills as a transformative leader.
  • Deepen your faith through prayer and reflection.
  • Take action through legislative visits.

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Two women in black coats walking across the street from the U.S. Congress building. Photo by Philip Laubner/CRS


This is the first gathering of its kind. During this multi-day event, CRS partners will learn more about CRS’ work around the world, receive training to help mobilize their communities back home and participate in legislative visits. There will also be ample opportunities for engaging in faith and fellowship.


A select group of CRS partners from across the United States, including CRS Chapter and Club leaders; Chapter members; and diocesan, Hispanic ministry, national and university partners.


June 27-30, 2023.


The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Is There a Cost?

There is no registration fee for this event. All lodging, meals and activity expenses are covered by CRS. Participants are only responsible for transportation costs to get to the CRS National Gathering on Tuesday and depart for home on Friday.


An email invitation will be sent out with information on how to register. For registration questions, please contact [email protected]. Please register by May 1. We will send email reminders closer to the registration deadline.

Event Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, June 27: Arrival and Welcome Activities

Wednesday, June 28: Training Sessions

Thursday, June 29: Capitol Hill Visits

Friday, June 30: Training Sessions

Please check back for a more detailed agenda closer to the event.

Travel Guidance and Logistics

Participants can book travel once additional guidance is shared by CRS.

  • Arrival/Departure Times: The gathering begins on Tuesday, June 27 with an afternoon check-in and Mass and dinner in the evening. The gathering will conclude by 1 pm on Friday, June 30. Exact check-in and checkout times and procedures will be shared closer to the event.

COVID-19 Protocol

CRS prioritizes the health and safety of all staff and partners in everything we do, which is particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 realities are constantly shifting, and we are optimistic that we can plan a meaningful and safe in-person event by monitoring COVID-19 trends and taking a variety of precautions.

We will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local public health guidelines as well as The Catholic University of America’s recommendations, as the CRS National Gathering will take place on their campus. We will provide additional information on guidelines and protocols closer to the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

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CRS will provide each participant with a single occupancy room at The Catholic University of America. Each room will share a bathroom with one other room. Sheets, blankets, pillows and a towel will be provided for each participant.

A detailed schedule will be shared closer to the event.

For registration questions or changes, please email [email protected].

Transportation will be provided to and from Hill Day. Designated areas will be established for meals and any virtual visit meeting spaces needed on Capitol Hill. Participants will need to walk between House/Senate office buildings for in-person meetings.

A list of recommended items to pack will be distributed ahead of the event.

We will make every effort to ensure that this event is accessible for all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. CRS staff will work with individuals to plan for any accommodation(s) needed. Please email [email protected] to talk to a staff member about your needs.

We will make every effort to take dietary restrictions into consideration and will work with individuals who have specific dietary needs. Please email [email protected] to talk to a staff member about your needs.

CRS will support participants during the gathering to fully prepare for congressional visits, including training, materials and scheduling visits.

Please direct any additional questions to [email protected] and check back for updates as more information becomes available.