The issue of immigration reform has been a controversial one both here in the United States and in Europe. Many voices have contributed to the conversation, some expressing a protectivist mindset by either seeking to build walls on our borders, doing mass immigration raids, and exporting individuals regardless of how such actions affect family structures, while others see migration as a basic human right.
In addition to the sociopolitical issues around immigration, for Catholics the question is also one grounded on spirituality. This coming week, members of Holy Family Catholic Church will explore the spiritual challenges that the immigration issue presents. The event is cosponsored by Parish Leadership Network of Los Angeles (PLNLA) and the Office of Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. All are welcomed to participate in the reflection.
Lead by Fr. Dan Groody, those gathered will examine seeing the face of Christ in the lives of the migrant, and how such an encounter may serve as a seed for a better just and humane society. The core question being considered will be how a Eucharistic community is to view and contribute to the immigration conversation facing our nation. Spanish speaking translators will be available.
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 7 pm
Where: Holy Family Catholic Church,
1527 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena 91030
Father Groody is a Holy Cross priest, a scholar, teacher, and film producer. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He spent many years working in Latin America, particularly along the US-Mexican Border. As an author, one of his books is Globalization, Spirituality and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (2007).
or phone Office of Justice and Peace at 213-637-7690
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