REGISTER NOW | At Home Together: The Church and The Immigrant Family - September 1, 6-9pm, Philadelphia
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Thursday, September 1, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
222 North 17 Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Free Event

In advance of Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States to participate in the 2015 World Meeting of Families, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the World Meeting of Families, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, Villanova University, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Migration and Refugee Services/US Conference of Catholic Bishops invite you to an evening event on the challenges facing immigrant families in the United States and the Catholic Church’s response. The event will cover Catholic teaching on migration, the Church’s pastoral work with immigrant families in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and nationally, the personal experiences of immigrant families in their new country, the ways in which immigration law and policy divide and undermine families, and advocacy responses on a local and a national level.

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Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia

Session I: Caring for Immigrant Families

The Catholic Church has long served immigrants and people on the move, consistent with its identity – in the Holy Father’s words – as a church “without borders, mother to all.”  In this session, pastoral agents will lift up Catholic social teaching on immigration, and detail the vital work of Catholic institutions in caring and advocating for immigrant families, including those affected by detention and deportation. The session will feature the personal stories of immigrant families, who will explain their struggles to stay together and contribute to their new communities in the United States.

Rev. Bruce Lewandowski, C.SS.R.
Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Sr. Linda Lukiewski, SSJ
Holy Innocents Parish / St. Joan of Arc Community

Peter Pedemonti
Director, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

Sr. Connie Trainor, SSJ
Director, Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center

Rosa Murcia Garcia
Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center

Session II: Keeping Immigrant Families Together

In a much anticipated address to the upcoming World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis is expected to speak on the often devastating effects of US immigration policies on immigrant families and to call upon the federal government to reform the US immigration system and provide much-needed legal status and protections. This session will lay out the legal framework for the US immigration system and how immigration law and enforcement policies pose significant challenges to immigrant families. The session will also include a discussion on local and national advocacy efforts to reform the immigration system and keep families together.

Donald Kerwin
Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies

Michele R. Pistone
Editor of the Journal on Migration and Human Security, Center for Migration Studies
Professor of Law and Director of Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services, Villanova School of Law
J. Kevin Appleby
Director, Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs
Migration and Refugee Services / United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Maria Sotomayor
Civic Engagement & Community Outreach Coordinator,
Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

Sponsored by
The World Meeting of Families
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The Center for Migration Studies
Villanova University
Migration and Refugee Services / United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Copyright © 2015 Center for Migration Studies, New York, All rights reserved.

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