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Missionary Oblates Join Catholic Leaders Expressing Concern About Refugee Resettlement March 27th, 2018
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate has joined the U.S. Catholic Bishops and Catholic Organizations in issuing a joint letter expressing deep concerns about historically low refugee resettlement to the United States during this time of global humanitarian need.
The letter by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, Catholic Organizations and Religious leaders letter reads;
“We are deeply concerned about both the historically low target that the Administration has set for refugee admissions for Fiscal Year 2018, as well as by the extraordinarily low number of refugees that the United States is on pace to resettle during the current fiscal year. ”
“For 37 years, the U.S. has been a world leader in welcoming and resettling refugees, and the U.S. Catholic Church has been a committed partner in this work. As Christians, our concern for refugees is integral to our life of faith.”
The Provincial of the U.S. Missionary Oblates, Fr. Louis Studer, OMI, recommended Oblates sign on to the letter, also signed by 1600 Catholic organizations, women and men religious, and lay leaders. all concerned about the current state of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
March for Our Lives Event is this Saturday, March 24 March 22nd, 2018
As we approach the end of Lent, a time to reflect on the life of Jesus in light of our present-day issues, we join the entire country in prayer and reflection for victims of gun violence and urge tougher action on gun laws. The Parkland, Florida school shooting has ignited robust calls for action on the issue of gun violence. As an organization committed to justice and peace, U.S Missionary Oblates JPIC is united in one voice with our young people who are speaking out and rallying against the incidence of gun violence in their schools.
We are empowered by words from the 2016 Missionary Oblates Chapter in Rome: “In these times of great global changes, we respond to the call of the Spirit, as did St. Eugene De Mazenod: being close to the new faces of the poor, the most abandoned….”
Young people and adults concerned about gun violence will converge on Washington, DC this Saturday, March 24, to participate in the March for Our Lives Rally. They will stand in solidarity with victims and demand the appropriate steps are taken so children feel safe in their schools. The rally will begin at 12:00 pm ET on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd street and 12th street NW. Please find more information and RSVP here! Hundreds of sibling marches are also planned for other places in the U.S and the world. Click here to find an event near you.
The Franciscan Action Network and other Catholic groups are planning a candlelight vigil at the U.S. Capitol to witness against gun violence. The vigil will be from 6:30-8:30 pm on Friday, March 23. On Saturday, March 24 they will gather at 11 am outside St Patrick’s Church (619 10th St NW, Washington, DC) and walk with other people of faith to the start of the March at 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
For more information visit the March’s official page.
Can’t participate in one of the rallies? Sign the petition to protect and save our children.
By Fr. Louis Studer, OMI, Provincial, U.S. Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate are an international, intentionally intercultural Roman Catholic religious community whose purpose is to evangelize the poor and abandoned with the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Founded in 1816 in France by St. Eugene de Mazenod, we currently serve in 68 countries of the world. We number 3,700 Brothers and Priests. Our headquarters are in Rome, Italy.
We were called “specialists in difficult missions” by Pope Pius IX. “Specialists” not so much in a professional sense that we are well trained in a particular science or discipline but, rather, that we are adept and flexible in determining what is most needed in a particular mission and, with the advice of the locals, we respond to that call.
We take seriously the mandate of Vatican II that all the baptized are called to a life of holiness and we are easily identified by our closeness to the people we are called to serve. We honor and respect the gifts and talents of those called to mission with us.
Le 8 mars, nous célébrons la Journée internationale des femmes. March 6th, 2018
Le 8 mars, nous célébrons la Journée internationale des femmes. Cette année, L’ONU célèbre avec le thème : L’heure est venue : les activistes rurales et urbaines transforment la vie des femmes. Avec un nouveau mouvement mondial sans précédent en faveur des droits des femmes, de l’égalité et de la justice, c’est le moment de mobiliser les gens et transformer cette dynamique en action. http://www.un.org/fr/events/womensday/
Provincial Update from Fr. Louis Studer, OMI: New Plans for Tijuana Mission
March 8th is International Women’s Day March 1st, 2018
International Women’s Day 2018
Each year on March 8th the United Nations and other organizations around the world highlight progress made in the fight for women’s equality and women’s political, social and economic contributions. The 2018 theme is, “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.” Activism on women’s issues gained momentum this past year, triggered by major news reports of sexual harassment, violence, and discrimination against women and a global demand for change.
This March 8th join activists around the world to press for progress on issues that affect all women’s lives.
Visit UN Women’s webpage to view a timeline of women’s activism, and progress on gender equality.
Sign Pax Christi and the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative’s online “postcard” to Pope Francis thanking him for his leadership on peace and nonviolence.
Watch a new documentary,”Mahila: a Women’s Movement Rising,” scheduled for release on March 8th International Women’s Day. Find more information on the project at http://www.mahilafilm.com/.
Upcoming related event:
The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 12th to 23rd, 2018.