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E.J. Dionne speaking to audience at Salt and Light Gathering

Salt and Light Gatherings

The Initiative regularly brings together young Catholics in Washington to explore links between faith, Catholic social thought, and their lives and work, especially on public policy. These unique Salt and Light Gatherings are for Catholics under 40 years old who work on Capitol Hill or in the administration, other branches of government, or public policy organizations. They are held in the Capitol or at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies, with presentations and discussion on a critical topic, opportunities for networking, and a happy hour and reception.


Young woman standing next to her bike at sunset overlooking the Washington Monument in Washington, DC

What is the Good Life Now?

If you are a young adult living in Washington, DC, or another city in the United States, how can you find purpose when politics seem irreconcilably divisive, church leaders seem out of touch, personal and systemic challenges seem insurmountable, and meaningful relationships are hard to come by?



What is the Good Life Now? (Video)

October 27, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes

Young Catholics and Climate Change (Video)

April 27, 2022

Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes

Social Media: Real Connection or the Illusion of Communication? (Video)

December 2, 2021

Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes