October 7 - 8, 2021

FADICA's 2021 Fall Symposium & Retreat - NOW VIRTUAL!

Catholic Philanthropic Collaboration with Native & Indigenous Communities

Together, we will learn about the unique contributions of Native American Catholicism, Indigenous leadership, and how philanthropists can collaborate on priority topics. FADICA will also recognize Maka Akan Najin Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), a leader in Native American and Catholic education for truth, healing, and reconciliation.

Featured speakers include:

  • Jennifer & Ben Black Bear (Rosebud-Sicangu Lakota Nation), Lay Minister Religious Education, St. Francis Mission, Rosebud Reservation and Diocese of Rapid City
  • Maka Akan Najin Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Executive Director for Truth and Healing, Red Cloud Indian School 
  • Brian Collier, Senior Advisor, American Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN)
  • Andreas Hipple, Executive Director, Better Way Foundation
  • Most Rev. Bernard A. Hebda, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
  • Vincent Kevin Jones (Blackfoot), Chair/President, Tekakwitha Conference
  • Christine Diindiisi McCleave, M.A. (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), Chief Executive Officer, The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
  • Tashina Banks Rama (Oglala Lakota), Executive Vice President, Red Cloud Indian School
  • Samuel B. Torres, Ed.D. (Mexica/Nahua), Director of Research and Program, The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Retreat leaders include The Honorable Janine P. Geske, Distinguished Professor of Law (Retired), Marquette University Law School, and Fr. Daniel Griffith, Wenger Family Faculty Fellow, St. Thomas University School of Law and Liaison for Restorative Justice and Healing for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Registration is available here through Friday, October 1, 2021. Please contact Maddy McMahon for more information.


February 6 - 8, 2020

FADICA's 2020 Annual Membership Meeting & Symposium

Clearwater Beach, FL

This year’s member gathering will feature the annual Catholic Innovation Demo Day, the release of the member-commissioned study on Parish Vitality, the launch of FADICA’s Safety Pledge and partnership with Praesidium, member-led roundtable discussions, a “mini-philanthropy institute” on values transmission in faith-based philanthropy, your annual membership meeting, and much more! Please contact Maddy McMahon for more information.


Past Member Events


October 3 - 4, 2019

Annual Retreat & Member Delegation

El Paso, TX & Cd. Juárez, MX

Members Witness Catholic Leadership at the U.S.-Mexico Border 

In October 2019, 30 member delegates gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border to learn first-hand from Catholic leaders about the critical issues of the borderland region. Through experts remarks, site visits, prayer, and peer exchange, members witnessed the extraordinary leadership of Catholic ministries and their profound accompaniment of migrants, refugees, and asylees in El Paso, TX and Cd. Juárez, MX. The Church is alive and unwavering in its humanitarian response at the Border!


February 7 - 9, 2019

FADICA's 2019 Annual Membership Meeting & Symposium

Santa Monica/Los Angeles, CA



November 4 - 10, 2018

Fall Symposium & Member Retreat

Rome Pilgrimage

Read a summary of FADICA members' 2018 pilgrimage to Rome here.


February 8 - 10, 2018

FADICA's 2018 Annual Membership Meeting & Symposium

Clearwater Beach, FL



October 11 - 12, 2017

FADICA'S Fall Symposium & Retreat

Catholic Philanthropy and Public-Private Partnerships

Washington, D.C.


February 9 - 11, 2017

FADICA's 2017 Annual Membership Meeting & Symposium

Santa Monica, CA

FADICA Annual Meeting 2017FADICA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Symposium was an opportunity for FADICA members to gather to engage governance, financial, and programmatic priorities for the organization and in Catholic philanthropy. The symposium included dialogue and networking with fellow members, Church leaders, and key changemakers in the area of Catholic philanthropy. Each year’s symposium engages a new theme which reflects timely issues, member interests and FADICA’s strategic plan.

The energizing 2017 Meeting and Symposium exposed members to innovative and impactful ideas and models from fellow members, local and national experts, and Church leaders. The gathering featured FADICA's first-ever Social Innovation Bazaar; Next Generation Engagement; and Innovative strategies around: Media and Church Vitality, Homelessness, and Immigration and Human Trafficking. Speakers and presenters to included Archbishop José GomezRosanne Haggerty (Community Solutions), Chris Coble (Lilly Endowment), Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ (Homeboy Industries), and more! 



October 13 - 14, 2016

Mercy Delegation & Member Retreat 

New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Retreat PicIn fall 2016, as the Year of Mercy drew to a close, FADICA hosted a gathering on the 40th Anniversary of its founding and the 10th Anniversary of FADICA members’ post-Katrina initiative, which supported the rebuilding of diverse ministries of Catholic sisters. The Church in New Orleans has a rich and deep history, creative social justice and ministry programs, and a legacy of Catholic education. This Mercy Delegation and Retreat gave members the opportunity to experience the continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill, and the resilient spirit and faith of ministries in New Orleans.



Additional Resources

Publications from previous Symposia are a valuable resource on a variety of topics related to Catholic Philanthropy and are available for purchase in the FADICA store.