Getting Started


  • Call on a friend or another member of your group, have coffee, and get him or her on board to help you organize.
  • Discuss how you envision the Need, the Vision, and the Goals within your local community.
  • Determine the model of gathering that best suits your local community.
  • Start talking to others to build support
  • Existing groups that might welcome some great discussions or perhaps another local reform organization.
  • Call or email members of your parish or an organization of which you are a part and share your plan with them. Ask them if they would support such a gathering.
  • Call or email friends whom you sense have been affected by church teachings in the past and ask if they would be interested in coming to a gathering to share their experiences.
  • Schedule the Gathering and secure a suitable venue. Share this information with CCRI:
  • Get the word out!
  • Click <here> for a sample invitation to the people to attend your meeting.
  • Click <here> for a sample letter inviting your Pastor, local clergy, or Bishop.
  • Remember to reach out to former Catholics and those on the periphery of the Church as well.
  • Be sure to publicize your event widely. See if it can be announced in your parish bulletin or, if you’re very lucky, in the diocesan newsletter.
  • Email CCRI the details of your Gathering so we can add it to the calendar: date(s), time, physical location, city and country, and contact info.
  • Click <here> for sample Templates for facilitating the Gathering
  • After your gathering(s), the final step will be to complete the Report so that CCRI can collate the data you collect and add it to the information from gatherings all around the world.  This information will be shared with Pope Francis, bishops around the world, and lay Catholics everywhere. 

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Speaking Out with One Unified Global Voice

"...Until we raise a common voice, we will not only not be heard, we will not even be listened to....   

My hope is that by speaking out together - a strong chorus of calls for reform - we can provide a common, a clear, a strong and ongoing voice for the yet incomplete vision of Vatican II.

In common cause, let us band together across the world. By our desire to be heard on particular issues - all of them important - let us not lose the strength of our common voice by reducing it to a whisper.

In light of this, we invite individuals and organizations to join together in making known our opinions for the good of our Church. By uniting our voices, it is not about abandoning the unique work of your organization but rather about how your work can enhance global reform."

Sr. Joan Chittister, CCRI Special advisor

"We have to join our forces in order to reach a real breakthrough in this window of opportunity." Hans Kung, CCRI Consultor

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." [Ethiopian proverb]

"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." [Kenyan proverb]

"(The Christian faithful) have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful." (Canon 212 §3)

CCRI is also interested in helping support various causes in regions of the world by garnering the support of our entire global community for those who need support beyond their parish, organization, or locale. Send us (1) your name and affiliation, or (2) the name of your group with some description of your goals, membership, and numbers. Click here to see those organizations who have already joined together speaking out for reform of our Church.

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