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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration Calls on President and Congress to Create a Border Solution and End Shut-Down

WASHINGTON—Bishop Joseph Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration issued the following statement calling for the President and Congressional leaders to create a border solution and end the government shut-down.  

Bishop Vasquez’s full statement follows:

“Secure borders and humane treatment of those fleeing persecution and seeking a better life are not mutually exclusive. The United States can ensure both and must do so without instilling fear or sowing hatred. We will continue to advocate for immigration reform to advance the common good and address these issues.

Pope Francis states that migrants are not statistics, but persons with feelings that need ongoing protection. From our work serving immigrant and refugees along the U.S./Mexico border, in the interior of the United States and throughout the world, we know this to be true. We urge lawmakers to look beyond rhetoric and remember the human dignity that God our Father has given each of us simply because we are all His children.

The President and Congressional leaders need to come together and end the shut-down with a solution that recognizes the dignity of work of affected employees, respects the humanity of all regardless of immigration status, and protects the sanctity of human life.”

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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB, Bishop Joseph Vásquez, Committee on Migration, President Trump, U.S. Congress, secure borders, humane treatment, Pope Francis, government, shut-down

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The Favourite

Collection for the Church in Latin America to be held January 26-27

WASHINGTON—The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up the weekend of January 26-27, 2019. For more than 50 years, the collection has been a sign of solidarity between Catholics of the United States and those in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“The Collection for the Church in Latin America is a chance for Catholics in the Americas to share their faith and grow closer to Christ,” said Bishop Octavio Cisneros, auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn and newly-appointed chairman of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America. “I thank the faithful of the United States for their compassion and generosity to their sisters and brothers in Latin America and the Caribbean. I have seen first-hand the people in many countries who benefit from this generosity.”

The collection supports the work of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America by funding grants for pastoral efforts such as lay leadership training, seminarian and religious formation, prison ministry, and youth ministry, among others. In 2018, the collection awarded nearly $7.5 million in grants to support the Church in Latin America and Caribbean, including areas ravaged by recent natural disasters.

More information about the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the grants it funds, as well as resources to promote it across the country, can be found at www.usccb.org/latin-america.
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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, National Collections, Church in Latin America, Bishop Octavio Cisneros, Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, lay leadership, training, seminarian formation, religious formation, prison ministry, youth ministry

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On the Basis of Sex

Escape Room

La Semana Nacional de Migración se celebrará del 6 al 12 de Enero de 2019

WASHINGTON— La Semana Nacional de Migración 2019 se realizará del 6 al 12 de enero. Durante casi medio siglo, la Iglesia Católica en los Estados Unidos ha celebrado la Semana Nacional de Migración, que brinda una oportunidad para que la Iglesia resalte la presencia y la situación de inmigrantes, refugiados, víctimas y sobrevivientes de la trata de personas. La semana sirve como un momento para la oración y la acción en apoyo de los inmigrantes y refugiados.

El tema de la celebración de este año, “Crear Comunidades de Bienvenida”, enfatiza nuestra responsabilidad y oportunidad como católicos para involucrar y dar la bienvenida a los recién llegados a su llegada y ayudar a facilitar su transición a una nueva vida aquí en los Estados Unidos. Las comunidades acogedoras no emergen por casualidad, sino que se establecen mediante el trabajo arduo y la convicción de las personas en el terreno a través del servicio directo, la experiencia y la fe compartidas, la promoción y el fortalecimiento institucional.

“En este momento, es particularmente importante para la Iglesia destacar el espíritu de bienvenida que todos estamos llamados a encarnar en respuesta a las poblaciones de inmigrantes y refugiados que se encuentran entre nosotros compartiendo nuestra Iglesia y nuestras comunidades”, dijo el Obispo Joe Vásquez, de Austin, Presidente del Comité de Migración de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB).

Materiales educativos y otros recursos para la Semana Nacional de Migración están disponibles para descargar en https://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/national-migration-week/ ---
Palabras clave: Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos, USCCB, Comité de Migración, Obispo Joe S. Vásquez, Semana Nacional de Migración.

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National Migration Week to be Celebrated January 6 – 12, 2019

WASHINGTON—National Migration Week 2019 will take place January 6 - 12. For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which provides an opportunity for the Church to highlight the presence and situation of immigrants, refugees, victims, and survivors of human trafficking. The week serves as a time for both prayer and action in support of immigrants and refugees.

The theme for this year’s celebration – “Building Communities of Welcome” – emphasizes our responsibility and opportunity as Catholics to engage and welcome newcomers on their arrival and help to ease their transition into a new life here in the United States. Welcoming communities do not emerge by chance but are established through the hard work and conviction of people on the ground through direct service, shared experience and faith, advocacy, and institution building

“In this moment, it is particularly important for the Church to highlight the spirit of welcome that we are all called to embody in response to immigrant and refugee populations who are in our midst sharing our Church and our communities,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Migration.

Educational materials and other resources for National Migration Week are available for download at https://justiceforimmigrants.org/take-action/national-migration-week/
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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, National Migration Week

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U.S. Bishops Receive Letter from Pope Francis As They Gather for Spiritual Retreat; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo Offers Message to Holy Father on Behalf of U.S. Bishops

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Bishops have received a letter from Pope Francis as they gather in northern Illinois at Mundelein Seminary this week. The weeklong retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.  

The Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., is directing the retreat under the theme of “He appointed Twelve, to be with Him and to Send Out to Preach” based on Mark 3:14. The structure of the retreat includes time for quiet reflection, including silent meal times, daily Mass, time for personal and communal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, vespers, and an opportunity for confession. No ordinary business is being conducted during the retreat.

Mundelein Seminary, located on the campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake, is the principal seminary and school of theology for the formation of priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and educates nearly 200 seminarians from 34 dioceses across the country and around the world.

**As the retreat is one of prayer and silence, there will be no interviews or press conferences and no media access to the Mundelein Seminary campus. **

If you would like to obtain photos or b-roll video from the retreat, please contact USCCB Media Relations at media-relations@usccb.org

Pope Francis’s full letter can be found here in both English and Spanish: www.usccb.org/Francis

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), sent the following message on behalf of the U.S. bishops upon the opening of the retreat.  

The Cardinal’s full message follows:

Most Holy Father:
 
As the bishops of the United States gather today in prayer, we humbly ask Your Holiness to pray for us that we may draw closer to one another and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In this closeness, we seek to find the wisdom and strength necessary to meet the great challenges ahead. We carry with us these days the pain and hope of all who may feel let down by the Church. Yet, we find ourselves grateful for the reminder that the future does not rest with any of us alone, but rather belongs to God. Hope is to be found in Christ. In Him, hope becomes unshakable.

Holy Father, we also draw near to you in our prayer and ministry. Your witness to those suffering around the world strengthens us. May our days together reflect the communion of the Universal Church.

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Keywords: U.S. Bishops, Pope Francis, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., Preacher to Papal Household, Mundelein Seminary, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, spiritual retreat

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Allison McGinn Appointed as Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON— Allison McGinn has been appointed as Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  
 
Monsignor Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment which will take effect January 7, 2019.
 
“Allison has a wealth of experience as a Human Resources professional. I am confident that her skills and abilities will be of tremendous value to the USCCB, and I am grateful to her for accepting this important position in service to the bishops and to the Church,” said Msgr. Bransfield.  
 
McGinn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University. She holds senior-level certifications in Human Resources from both the Society for Human Resources Management and the Human Resources Certification Institute.
 
Most recently, McGinn was self-employed as a Human Resources Consultant, working with firms in the areas of performance management, employee benefits and compensation, recruiting, HR policy and compliance. Prior to her consulting work, McGinn oversaw the HR function for organizations in the government contracting and airline industries, including over 18 years of service with US Airways.  

McGinn lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two daughters. They attend the Basilica of St. Mary Church in Old Town. McGinn takes on the leadership of the department after the tenure of Mrs. Theresa Ridderhoff, who had served until recently as Executive Director of Human Resources and was appointed as USCCB Associate General Secretary effective January 1, 2019.  
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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Allison McGinn, Executive Director, Office of Human Resources Msgr. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary, Theresa Ridderhoff, Associate General Secretary
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President of The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses support and prayer for those affected by the recent tsunami in Indonesia

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, expresses support and prayer for those affected by the recent tsunami in Indonesia.
Cardinal DiNardo’ statement follows:
 
“Speaking for the bishops and the Catholic faithful of the United States, our prayers and condolences go out to all those who have died or have been injured by the tsunami that struck Indonesia in the area around the Sunda Strait, including Anyerbeach in the west coast area of West Java and Lampung in southern part of Sumatera last evening (Indonesia time).    
 
The people of Indonesia have faced several major natural disasters this year alone, with the earthquake in July and the devastating quake and tidal wave that took so many lives in October.  
 
Not only do our prayers go out to all who have been affected by this most recent natural disaster, which came without warning, but also our pledge of support and aid. Together with our Holy Father Pope Francis, I appeal for the ‘solidarity and the support of the International Community’ for our brothers and sisters. I know that Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Indonesia, and other local partners have teams on the ground responding and they will be providing relief and assistance.
 
As we prepare for the celebration of the birth of Christ, I ask all those in the Church here in the United States, to pray for healing, consolation, and relief to our sisters and brothers suffering in Indonesia”
 
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Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, tsunami, Indonesia
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