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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 professionals sitting on the lawn in front of the United States Capitol building.

Keeping Faith in Demoralizing Times

This Salt and Light Gathering for young Catholic leaders in public life explored how to live with faith, hope, and charity at a time of division in the United States, crisis in the Catholic Church, and paralysis in Washington, DC. Four remarkable leaders shared their experiences and the lessons they…


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September 17, 2018

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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April 5, 2017

Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes

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March 15, 2017

Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes