Immigration and Catholic Social Teaching Workshop

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:01

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    WHAT:   Day of Reflection on Immigration and Catholic Social Teaching
    WHERE: Diocese of Saginaw Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
    WHEN:   9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18

SAGINAW — For the last nine years, Father Wayne Dziekan has co-directed fact-finding trips to the US/Mexican border. He was exposed to intense and complex issues at play at the Border, especially the causes of poverty; issues that pull people to the United States; issues that push people off of their family land and out of their mother country; and border protection issues. Fr. Wayne and his co-director led a similar trip to Puerto Rico in January, 2010, focusing on the plight of the poor in that island nation. Father Dziekan currently serves as Director for the Secretariat for Justice and Peace for the Diocese of Gaylord, which includes the study of Catholic Social Teaching and the Dignity of every Human Person. He will lead a workshop and day of reflection on Immigration and Catholic Social Teaching on February 18 at the diocesan Center for Ministry in Saginaw.

“One of the aspects most affecting the lives of those Hispanics who do not have authorization to live and work in the United States is the lack of comprehensive immigration reform that would create a path to legalization,” said Maria Cepeda, Director of Hispanic Ministries for the Diocese of Saginaw. “The objective of the upcoming workshop is to find ways to help the poorest and most vulnerable daughters and sons of God through our reflections on Catholic Social Teaching.”

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 3:00 p.m., featuring a series of talks and time for reflection.

This past summer, the Michigan Catholic Bishops issued a statement on immigration. It called for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level and encouraged all Catholics to turn to the rich and long-standing teachings of the Church on immigration and the proper dignity that must be afforded to all human persons.

All are welcome to attend the upcoming workshop. There is a $10 fee for lunch and materials. To register, call (989) 797-6646.

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