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U.S. Catholic Bishops of U.S./Mexico Border Respond to U.S. National Guard Deployment
In response to announcements regarding deploying the United States National Guard to the U.S./Mexico Border, the U.S. Catholic Bishops of the U.S./Mexico Border issued the following statement:
Alleluia! – He is Risen!
Praise God everywhere on earth and in space.
All creation wildly applauds the Almighty One!
Praise God to the outermost edges of the universe and beyond.
Praise God, all you supernovas and supermarkets,
All you mosques and marketplaces,
All you cathedrals and cabarets,
All you temples and tennis courts.
Alleluia! – He is Risen!
Praise God with resounding symbols,
and with crashing markets.
Praise God, you powerful majestic pipe organs
and you New Orleans jazz
Praise God, you circus carousel calliopes,
and you castanet-clicking gypsy caravans.
Praise God all you with dancing feet,
and all you with walkers and canes.
Alleluia! – He is Risen!
Praise our Great God of Ten Thousand Names.
Praise God, all you holy saints in heaven.
Praise God, all you halo-less saints on earth.
Let everything that lives on the earth
and in the oceans and seas and space,
praise the LIFE that is and was and shall ever be.
World Mission Sunday
October 22, 2017
In his message for World Mission Sunday, October 22, Pope Francis invites us to understand that Mission is an essential aspect of and at the heart of Christian faith. The Holy Father reminds us that we are sent to our brothers and sisters in order to bear witness of our faith in Christ and to proclaim His Gospel. By our baptism, we are all called to be missionary disciples.
Pope Francis exhorts us repeatedly to go out of the temple’s sacred walls and to make sure that our Church becomes a mission-centered Church. We are challenged “to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the peripheries in need of the light of the Gospel.” Evangelii Gaudium, 20
As Pope Francis’ World Mission Sunday asserts, “The world vitally needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the Church, Christ continues his mission as the Good Samaritan, caring for the bleeding wounds of humanity and as the Good Shepherd, constantly seeking out those who wander along winding paths that lead nowhere.”
His message continues, “The Church’s mission, directed to all men and women of good will, is based on the transformative power of the Gospel. The Gospel is Good News filled with contagious joy, for it contains and offers new life: the life of the Risen Christ who, by bestowing his life-giving Spirit, becomes for us the Way, the Truth and the Life (cf. Jn 14:6). He is the Way who invites us to follow him with confidence and courage. In following Jesus as our Way, we experience Truth and receive his Life, which is fullness of communion with God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. That life sets us free from every kind of selfishness, and is a source of creativity in love.”
Young people are the hope of mission. The person of Jesus Christ and the Good News he proclaimed continue to attract many young people. They seek ways to put themselves with courage and enthusiasm at the service of humanity. “How beautiful it is to see that young people are ‘street preachers’, joyfully bringing Jesus to every street, every town square and every corner of the earth!” (ibid., 106).
To read the full text of Pope Francis’ message: https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/missions/documents/papa-francesco_20170604_giornata-missionaria2017.html
On Thursday, April 27, President Donald Taylor and Provost Jeffrey Gingerich welcomed approximately 150 guests to the Cabrini University Mansion to celebrate the creation of the Center on Immigration. Inspired by the legacy of Mother Cabrini, the Patroness of Immigrants, and led by Abel Rodríguez, Center Director and Assistant Professor of Religion, Law and Social Justice, the Center will be a global leader promoting immigrant rights through advocacy, scholarship, and advancement of cultural expression.
The celebration opened with an invocation to Mother Cabrini given by Sister Christine Marie Baltas, MSC, and a reflection by Fabrine De Oliveira, a Cabrini student and a native of Brazil who shared her own immigrant experience.
Luz Colón, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, presented a proclamation in which PA Governor Tom Wlf acknowledged the Center’s planned contributions to the immigrant community.
A panel discussion took place featuring Sr. Yolanda Flores, MSC, Family Program Coordinator at Cabrini Immigrant Services – NYC; Hernán Guaracao, Publisher & CEO of AL DÍA News Media and Cabrini University Trustee; Erika Almirón, Executive Director of Juntos; John Grogan, Esq., Founding Partner at Langer, Grogan and Diver PC; and Steven Larín, Esq. Senior Director of Legal Services & Immigration policy at Nationalities Service Center.
Mr. Rodríguez shared his vision for the Center, and the panel members addressed the needs and concerns of immigrants and their families and critiqued current immigration policies, which have expanded the detention and deportation of immigrants and created extensive fear and distress in immigrant communities.
Mark Kiselica, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, paid tribute to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the employees and volunteers of Cabrini Immigrant Services for their heroic work on behalf of immigrants and their families.
The celebration concluded with a special presentation by Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, who gave Mr. Rodríguez a framed Seal of the Institute of the MSCs on behalf of Sr. Pietrina Raccuglia, Provincial, and all MSCs as an expression of the Sisters’ support for the future work of the Center.
The Missionary Sisters from the Stella Maris Province, Central America and Mexico have concluded their Provincial Assembly which was held in North Jersey. Presenters included Arturo Chavez, Ph.D.; Javier Torres Bermudez, and Beverly Bryde, Ed.D.; Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D.; Nick Rademacher, Ph.D. and Abel Rodriguez, JD of Cabrini University. Dr. Chavez also served as the facilitator for the Assembly.
With the assistance of simultaneous translation, the Missionary Sisters spent time learning each others realities by engaging in a timeline exercise which highlighted parallel events in the US and in Central America and Mexico. This allowed the Sisters to come to a better appreciation of all that has brought them to this moment in time as they prepare to form a new canonical entity. As an important focus of the Assembly, the Missionary Sisters also considered possible forms of governance for the new entity.
It was a time of growing friendships, greater cultural awareness and understanding, and of a deeply shared faith and love of God.
On August 29th, Cabrini University will host a day of celebration in honor of it’s university status.
The Mother Cabrini Shrine Summer Feast and Bazaar took place July 9 & 10 and was a celebration in honor of the birth of St. Frances Cabrini and her canonization. It was a faith and fun-filled weekend with Masses, rosary processions, Spanish Dancers, food booths, games, bingo and handmade craft items. Mexican food, including tamales, tacos, smothered burritos and nachos, prepared by our Spanish Mass community, was a delicious addition to our food court this year. In addition to the usual Spanish Procession, several groups of Spanish Dancers entertained us with their dancing and beautiful costumes. The hot summer weather provided the perfect backdrop for a weekend of celebration.
What has brought a hundred people from Costa Rica, sixty people from Peru, seventy-five more from nations in West Africa, and five hundred fifty local residents to venture to West 190thStreet?
They have all come to visit a church built in honor of a Catholic Sister from Italy as part of a pilgrimage during the “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy” or the “Year of Mercy.”
Announced in March 2015 by Pope Francis, the occasion is a period of prayer celebrated by Roman Catholics that began in December 2015 and will last until November 2016.
The focus is on God’s forgiveness and mercy, and Church leaders observe a time of universal pardon and remission of sins.
Devout observers travel to sites around the world to gather, sing, meditate, and pray.
One of those destinations is the unique mid-century modern chapel on Fort Washington Avenue in Washington Heights.
The Saint Frances Cabrini Shrine is just outside the entrance of Fort Tryon Park. It is named for the formidable Saint Frances Cabrini, patron saint of immigrants.
She is also commonly referred to as the “Little Sister.”
The shrine is one of only three specially designated pilgrim sites in New York City where the devout may visit to receive special grace and inspiration.
Many arriving pilgrims are drawn by the presence of the Holy Doors, which were blessed last November by Bishop Gerald Walsh, who serves as vicar general of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. The visitors pause outside the doors to gather their thoughts. Some enter the chapel on their knees, some holding hands with loved ones, some singing; but most walk through the doors in mindful quiet.
Many are also attracted by the remarkable story of St. Frances Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini.
Maria Francesca Cabrini was born on July 15, 1850, in the Italian town of Sant’Angelo, south of Milan. She arrived in New York as a young missionary to serve the Italian immigrants who had settled in New York.
This was one of many institutions that she established. In fact, she was responsible for founding a staggering total of 67 schools, hospitals and orphanages in her 67 years of life.
It was in 1899 the Mother Cabrini discovered the property where the Shrine now stands.
At that time, the neighborhood was a remote northwest edge of New York City. The only buildings in this very rural area of Manhattan were the villas of the wealthy. She purchased the property at 190th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, and opened Sacred Heart Villa to create a “residential school for young ladies.”
She died in 1917 and in 1946, became the first American citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Shrine will be celebrating Mother Cabrini’s birthday on July 23 with a family friendly day of special Masses, food and refreshments, and outdoor activities.
It is open to the public and all are invited.