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Commit to Caring for Creation this Advent November 30th, 2018
View from La Vista, Godfrey, IL by Kevin McLaughlin
Advent is a liturgical season of prayer, anticipation, hope and joy leading to the birth of Christ. This year it begins on Sunday, December 2 lasting four weeks and ending on Christmas Eve. This Advent season we invite you to join in prayer and reflection on how can we care for the Earth our common home; empower our youth to serve; resolve the plight of migrants and refugees; and protect the gift of human life.
We are pleased to offer 1-page weekly reflections on these issues to share with your congregation, communities and use in your own personal prayer time. Reflections will be available in English and Spanish.
A big thank you to our Missionary Oblates and JPIC Committee members for developing the resources. A SPECIAL thank you to Bro. Lester Antonio Zapata for providing Spanish translation.
Click here to download Advent Week 1: Called to Care for Creation authored by: Sr. Maxine Pohlman, SSND, Director, Oblate Ecological Initiative.
Haga clic aquí para descargar la versión en español: Semana de Adviento 1: Llamados a cuidar, translated by Bro. Lester Antonio Zapata
Breaking: U.S. Provincial Issues Statement on Border Wall’s Impact on La Lomita November 29th, 2018
November 29: The Very Rev. Louis Studer, OMI, has issued a statement regarding the proposed border wall’s encroachment on an historic, sacred space in Texas.
Missionary Oblates Partner Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership (MVHP) Featured in Lowell Sun November 29th, 2018
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is proud to celebrate the continuing mission and work of our long-time partner Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership (MVHP)!
Among other projects, they are involved in the creation of safe and affordable housing in and around Lowell, MA. The Oblates were founding partners of the partnership and have been active supporters of their effort to help first time home buyers, from the many diverse communities of the Merrimack Valley, realize their dream.
We Wish You a Blessed Thanksgiving! November 21st, 2018
Jubilee USA Network Hosts 2018 Council Meeting November 13th, 2018
On November 7 and 8 Jubilee USA held its Annual National Council Meeting to inform constituents about the crisis in Puerto Rico, responsible lending and borrowing practices in the developing world, especially in Somalia, and Africa’s new debt crisis.
Jubilee USA is a coalition of diverse organizations and international partners including faith communities who advocate for debt cancellation for the world’s most impoverished countries. They also promote fiscal responsible economic policies. Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate JPIC has long been a participating member of Jubilee USA. Staff recently attended the 2018 council meeting held at the Methodist building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.
The annual meeting events included a congressional briefing on November 7 focused on the theme; Lifting Vulnerable Communities: Ensuring Access to Medicines in Trade and Agreements and US Policy. Presenters at the Jubilee USA council meeting were representatives from American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Puerto Rico Coalition on the Debt and American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). Panelists reminded attendees of the urgency of the Puerto Rico debt crisis and their recovery efforts, and the growing debt crisis in Somalia and other nations in Africa.
Engage with Jubilee USA by participating in Jubilee Weekend 2018. Join other Religious groups and partners in a weekend of reflection, prayers and actions to end extreme poverty and transform our global economic system.
- Sign up here and find resource for actions and prayers for Jubilee Weekend November 16 – 18, 2018: https://www.jubileeusa.org/jubilee_weekend
Migrant Caravan: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions November 2nd, 2018
by Lily Folkerts & Andrea Fernández Aponte
There’s a lot of fake news circulating about the caravan that started in Honduras earlier this month. And as opinions and actions fed by misinformation mount, we’re answering your most pressing questions with facts and information from human rights advocates who accompanied the caravan in Central America and who are monitoring the events from Mexico.
How did it start?
Contrary to what some are saying, the caravan is not a left-wing conspiracy to push for “open borders.” It is not a right-wing conspiracy to hurt Democrats in the November elections. It is is not about the United States. This is about life or death for these people.
CLICK HERE to read the full article.