Training Priests for a Different Mission

In September, Faith in Public Life took a delegation of 15 Catholic priests to El Paso, Texas for an immersion experience and media training to embolden them to speak out on immigration in the press and from the pulpit.

In partnership with Hope Border Institute, we worked to empower these priests to speak boldly into the public sphere. They spoke at an interfaith prayer service at the border with Bishop Mark J. Seitz, see the video below, and have taken action that has received wide coverage so far.

MEDIA COVERAGE

“Faith on the border”: A reflection on a visit to the border

Kevin Zubel and I participated in the “Catholics on the Border” program in El Paso, Texas on September 4 to 7. It was part of a larger ecumenical event that brought religious leaders from all over this nation to pray at the Mexican border for migrants and refugees throughout the world.

Hundreds gather at Dayton church to talk immigration

More than a hundred people packed Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church tonight to talk about immigration.

The Rev. Satish Joseph, pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. Helen, recounted his recent trip to the Texas-Mexico border. 

No human being is illegal

As time came for me to return home to Dayton, I grieved.

What is next for the imprisoned families? I can leave. They cannot.

Illinois priests say border visit reinvigorates advocacy for immigrants

The hardships of families detained at the U.S.-Mexican border can seem far away and out of touch from our daily lives — even in southern Illinois, which has its share of Mexican immigrants living and working in the area. But a priest of the Belleville Diocese who visited the troubled border region in early September said the struggle is as near as Pulaski County, where a few hundred immigrants in the country illegally are being held in a Department of Homeland Security detention center.

As Congress debates detention funding, tell your reps: Don’t separate families

As a priest and missionary, you could say it’s part of my job description to cross borders. Whether it’s an actual concrete fence or the divides of race and language that often separate us from each other, the Christian approaches a border with the eyes of faith. God unites and breaks down barriers, asking us to move beyond our comfort zones to encounter “the other.”

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