The recent disclosure of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the extent of depravity reported in the news are symptomatic of a church in crisis. It is no longer acceptable for the pope simply to issue a public apology nor is it sufficient for any group merely to reflect on what has happened by issuing position statements. [Read more…]
As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious wrapped up its assembly on Aug. 10, sisters explored the diversity within the image of God and lessons for religious life, marched and bore witness against systemic racism, and honored the first black recipient of LCWR’s Outstanding Leadership Award. [Read more…]
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and seven other immigrant-rights organizations filed a complaint Dec. 7 with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Office of Inspector General.
The complaint is on behalf of the approximately 400 people arrested this summer in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement effort that the groups allege used unaccompanied minors as bait: When parents and other relatives came forward to sponsor children who would otherwise be kept in detention centers, they were arrested and detained.
“How is it in America’s safety interests to keep these boys and girls in government-run shelters while their families are flung into chaos and potential deportation?” CLINIC executive director Jeanne Atkinson asked in a statement announcing the complaint.
“Not only do ICE and other agencies of Homeland Security misrepresent themselves in order to obtain information about the families of children, these efforts ensure that vulnerable minors will continue to be separated from their relatives.”
A case in point:
A single mother was called to an interview with DHS’s Homeland Security Investigations in which she was accused of smuggling her daughters into the United States, despite the fact that her daughters are not in the United States. During the interview, the agents refused to provide adequate interpretation and attempted to separate the mother from her attorneys. At the conclusion of the interview, the woman was given an order to appear in immigration court, where she now faces deportation.
Jessica Jones, policy counsel at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, said the program went against everything the nation stands for.
“Using kids as bait to target parents and other family members for immigration enforcement contravenes the most basic child welfare principles,” Jones said in the statement. “Children deserve protection, not exploitation.”
~ Global Sisters Report – Article by Dan Stockman
“Migration has always been with us. Climate change, demographics, instability, growing inequalities, and aspirations for a better life, as well as unmet needs in labor markets, mean it is here to stay. The answer is effective international cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that the human rights of all concerned are properly protected.”
~ UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
2017 Theme: Safe Migration in a World on the Move
Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life. Today, globalization, together with advances in communications and transportation, has greatly increased the number of people who have the desire and the capacity to move to other places.
This new era has created challenges and opportunities for societies throughout the world. It also has served to underscore the clear linkage between migration and development, as well as the opportunities it provides for co-development, that is, the concerted improvement of economic and social conditions at both origin and destination.
Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. The United Nations is actively playing a catalyst role in this area, with the aim of creating more dialogues and interactions within countries and regions, as well as propelling experience exchange and collaboration opportunities.
On September 19, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments during its first ever summit on large movements of refugees and migrants to enhance the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration). The NY Declaration reaffirms the importance of the international protection regime and represents a commitment by Member States to strengthen and enhance mechanisms to protect people on the move. It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: the global compact on refugees and the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. ~ United Nations website
CURIA GENERALIZIA – MISSIONARIE DEL SACRO CUORE DI GESÙ 00135 ROMA
Feast of Mother Cabrini
Dear Sisters, Cabrini Lay Missionaries and Partners in Mission,
Rome, November 13, 2017
Happy Feast Day to all of you. This Centenary year celebrating Mother Cabrini’s passage from this life to the next has been one of tremendous grace. Let’s unite in thanksgiving for all of the wonderful consolations that the Sacred Heart of Jesus has given to us throughout this year.
May we be worthy of all that God has given to us and have the courage to collaborate with His desire for us, that we truly be Bearers of the Love of God to the World today. Now is the favorable time; we must continue to move towards the future with love, humility and missionary audacity.
It is with great joy that we also announce the founding on this date of the new Santa Francisca Cabrini Province that is comprised of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. The discernment for the major superior will take place November 25-27. I ask that we all join in praying for this new province, and offer my gratitude for the work that the sisters have done to bring about this new canonical entity. I am sure that our Mother Foundress, for whom the Province is named, will bestow on this province special help at this time of building something new for the good of the Institute and for the good of mission.
In this time of unprecedented human migration and displacement we must continue to look for ways of deepening our response to those who are without home or country. This is our charism. Let us work together with courage and energy to respond to the beginning of two new missionary endeavors; A house for refugees in Rome, and new mission in Uganda on the Sudanese border. It will take all of us together to make these missionary dreams become a reality.
The General Council and myself want to thank all of you for all that you do every day. Be assured of our pray, support and love as we together move towards the future in this favorable time in our MSC Institute.
United with you in the Heart of Christ,
Sr. Barbara Staley, MSC
Dear Sisters and Cabrini Lay Missionaries;
It is with great joy that we celebrate the feast of our foundress during this centenary year. Truly, we have been gifted with a foundress and a charism that is as relevant today as it was in 1880.
Our Holy Father, Francis, takes every opportunity to praise Cabrini for her life of foresight in addressing the needs of migrants saying that she is an example of how to treat people with both charity and justice.
Recently our foundress has been featured in many articles including the Share the Journey campaign website and in many talks given by Pope Francis. This should inspire us to rededicate ourselves to a life of prayer and action on behalf of justice.
Our world is in need of healing especially after the natural disasters and acts of violence that have been inflicted here in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Wars continue to force people out of their homelands into refugee camps, risking their lives in boats and through deserts.
What would Jesus do? What would Cabrini do? These are questions we need to reflect on and ask Jesus to give us the courage, energy and strength to respond in a way that we are able to with our time and talents. We are not asked to cure all the ills of the world but we are called to be bearers of the love of Jesus to all we encounter and do our part to spread unity and not division.
Our lives of prayer, sacrifice and service are means by which we can be builders of peace and justice. Let us move out of our comfort zones and give to Jesus our sufferings, prayers and actions in order to be part of the healing process.
Thank you for all that you do for the mission of Jesus. Your sister in the heart of Jesus,
Charlottesville, Va., North Korea, terrorist attacks, driving cars into crowds of people and so many other examples all indicate that hate has spread throughout our country and our world. Sadly, hate crimes in the U.S. are up 34% since last year. On Sunday, September 24th, hundreds of people met at the Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains, NY to ‘Rally Against Hate.’ The rally was sponsored by different churches and synagogues, local villages and the Anti-Defamation League.
The rally opened with the song ‘This Land is Your Land.’ Many different songs were sung throughout the program, which spoke of love and triumph over trials. There were many speakers from different churches and synagogues as well as elected officials. As we listened to their words the energy and the love became stronger and stronger.
All the speakers were excellent but two stood out to me. Esther Geizhals, a Holocaust survivor, told her story of being taken from Poland as a young child and going to Auschwitz. She recalled still seeing her mother, father, aunt and younger brother walking away on different lines, the last time she would ever see them. She spoke from her heart, which she said is filled with love, but showed how a heart filled with hate can do so much harm. She warned this great country not to allow hate on any level. She is 88 years old and travels around the country telling her story, especially to young children, so they will learn what hate can do.
NY State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a strong supporter of Cabrini of Westchester, also gave a very inspiring talk. She said that it is hard to believe that in 2017 the U.S. is having rallies against hate. She, like Ms. Geizhal, said that although we are at a rally against hate, we need to rally with love. She challenged everyone there to be the love in the world, to not allow any form of hatred to be accepted, to challenge our elected officials when hate crimes do occur and to speak up when confronted with any form of hatred or racist remarks. We need to challenge people who don’t feel there is anything wrong with saying something against a race or religion. In a sense, acceptance is not an option.
Several tutors from Cabrini Immigrant Services in Dobbs Ferry, NY attended the rally. We not only represented the immigrant population but all people regardless of race, creed, color or status. As one tutor said, “CIS represents more than just the immigrant, everyone is welcome!”
The program ended with the song, ‘All You Need Is Love.’ Let us all do our part to make this world a loving place.
The staff at Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC has been working hard to respond quickly and effectively to the Trump Administration’s recent decision to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program. This is a decision that puts the lives and dreams of nearly 800,000 young people at risk — including around 500 people whom CIS-NYC has helped apply for DACA over the last 5 years. In response to this disturbing news we have made our voices heard at local rallies, ramped up our legal and social services for DACA recipients and their families, and prepared a range of resources to address the concerns of our community.
Last week we hosted a packed meeting where affected community members and allies came together to support one another, reflect on the events of the last couple of weeks, and get their questions answered. We provided information about the implications of this decision and laid out the work that is yet to be done in the coming 6 months to ensure that our Dreamers and their loved ones are protected. We will be holding another workshop with an immigration lawyer next Thursday, September 21st at 6pm at our offices (139 Henry St). The meeting will be in both Spanish and English and food and childcare will be provided. All are welcome!
If you or someone you know needs legal, social or emotional support, please contact our office at 212-791-4590 ext. 100. If your DACA expires between September 5th, 2017 and March 5th 2018 you must renew your DACA before October 5th 2017. CIS-NYC will be taking appointments for renewals up until October 3rd. If you need to renew but are unable to pay the fee on such short notice, contact us and we will do our best to assist you in finding the necessary resources.
If you would like to support our efforts to protect and defend our Dreamers, please considering making a donation at: http://bit.ly/donatecis and indicate in the note that you would like to donate to our DACA Fund. Funds will be used to fund our legal and advocacy work, as well as to assist clients in need with paying their DACA renewal fees.
In a world where violence forces thousands of families to flee for their lives each day, the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.
We are in the midst of the WORLD’S WORST refugee crisis in history. A crisis that brings with it overwhelming numbers, huge challenges for countries and communities affected, untold misery — and hope.
More than 65 million people are now counted as forcibly displaced by the United Nations. That’s like the entire population of the UK or France, or about as many as everyone in New York State, Texas and Florida — all forced from their homes. Just over one-third are refugees, people forced to flee their countries because of persecution, war, or violence. More than half of refugees are under 18 and more people are displaced every day – you could fill about 630 school buses with people forced from their homes every day! War is a major factor. More than half of refugees come from three war-torn countries — Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia, the UN says, while others flee famine or prosecution. Starvation is stalking millions in Africa in 2017. And in Myanmar, there are about 1 million Rohingyas — a persecuted ethnic and religious minority, who say they are being increasingly targeted and attacked.
Some take refuge in the first safe place they find. Others journey on, risking all, in the hopes of finding a better new life.
Right now, as you read this, traffickers are selling migrant men, women and children in make shift ‘slave markets’ all over the world. I’ve read that they are placed under a sign that reads “for sale”. First hand witnesses report them being sold for between $200 and $500 each.
Many times they are then held for ransom in mass prisons and detention centers often run by militias; or used as forced labor and for sexual exploitation. Survivors have spoken of their slave masters extracting ransoms from relatives, including beating and torturing their captives while on the phone to their families so they would hear them scream while being tortured. “People were tied up like goats, beaten with broom handles and pipes every day, to get money,” reported by the International Office on Migration.
What YOU Can Do
That asylum seekers may find hope and restoration from the despair and persecution from which they have fled; that Christians can celebrate unity in Christ while celebrating our differences in cultures and nationalities; that unaccompanied refugee children may be protected from all harm and reunited with loving families; for migrant workers, that they may work in safe and just conditions, and that we who benefit from their labor may be truly grateful for what they provide; for an end to the violence and poverty that displace so many of our sisters and brothers from their homes and homelands; for our political leaders, that they may implement policies that allow for safe migration and just migrant working conditions, and put an end to the detention of asylum seekers, while protecting our national safety.
- If you’ve got five minutes, call your representatives.
Currently, the United States Congress has proposed budget cuts that would reduce refugee assistance to the region by 20 percent and humanitarian relief by 15 percent. It’s critical to call your legislator – and this is especially true if your representative is against helping refugees and if she or he is already in support of refugees.
If she or he doesn’t support refugees, your call could help sway their opinion. And if she or he does support refugees, those calls bolster stances!
It’s really powerful for a senator or representative to be able to say, ‘I got 10,000 calls from constituents who are saying they want us to welcome refugees in this country.’
- If you’ve got a few hours a week, volunteer.
There are refugees already all around the United States trying to settle in to this country. Three million refugees have been resettled in America since the Refugee Act of 1980 was signed, according to Pew Research. About 85,000 people were admitted during the last fiscal year under President Barack Obama.
Resettlement agencies are always looking for volunteers. This ranges from everything from language training to handling logistics to just being some company. Find a local agency and see if there’s anything you can do.
If you need help finding an agency near you, try checking here for the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
- If you’ve got no time but some extra cash, donate.
DONATE TO CABRINI IMMIGRANT SERVICE CENTERS WHO ARE WORKING WITH IMMIGRANTS EVERY DAY! http://www.cis-nyc.org
- If you’ve got friends and neighbors, change their opinions.
All you have to do is talk to people you know and explain to them why you think refugees are people who deserve a chance at a peaceful life.
When people hear that attitude from people they’re familiar with, that’s really powerful. Those conversations can change minds better than news stories and essays.
This is vital if you live in a community where refugees are being settled. You can help to make sure they are fully welcome. Meanwhile, it can lead to an even bigger change. These conversations can be difficult, and you may not be able to change everybody’s minds. Be respectful in these talks — and knowing the stats and information always helps.
But that doesn’t mean you should stop speaking up and spreading awareness. Change often happens slowly. Have patience with it.
- If you’ve got no time, no money, but a lot of passion, then pay attention to the news.
Know what’s going on! It was people’s awareness of the news that led to the inspiring protests at airports around the country after Trump signed his (now-blocked) executive order against refugees. Awareness leads to mobilization, which can lead to change.
- 7. Sign the Pledge:The U.N. Refugee Agency is circulating a#WithRefugees petition, which asks that governments around the world ensure that every refugee child can get an education, that every refugee family has a place to live, and that every refugee can work or train for new skills. The petition will be delivered to the U.N. headquarters in New York in time for the U.N. General Assembly on September 19.
With a stunningly beautiful spring day as the backdrop for graduates and their families and friends, William R. Hite Jr., EdD, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, addressed bachelor’s degree candidates at Cabrini University’s undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 21 on the campus in Radnor, PA.
Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD, Co-founder and Vice President of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation, addressed master’s degree candidates at the University’s graduate Commencement on Sunday afternoon May 21.
Celebrating a trifold of milestones, the ceremonies marked Cabrini’s 57th Commencement, the first exercises since becoming a University, and Cabrini’s 60th anniversary.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hite and Dr. Shyamalan during a year of momentous occasions,” said Donald B. Taylor, PhD, President of Cabrini University. “By sharing Cabrini’s steadfast commitment to social justice and education, these leaders exemplify how graduates will continue to impact their communities, long after leaving campus.”
During the undergraduate ceremony honorary degrees were conferred upon several past presidents of Cabrini University: Sr. Regina Casey, MSC (1969 – 1972) accepted by Sr. Diane Olmstead, MSC; Sr. Mary Louise Sullivan, MSC, PhD (1972 – 1982) – given posthumously and accepted by her cousin Marcia Butland – Sr. Eileen Currie, MSC (1982 – 1992); and Dr. Antoinette Iadarola, (1992 – 2008) the first lay president of Cabrini College. Honored also was the University’s longest serving faculty member Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph Romano.
During the afternoon Commencement, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, Vice-President of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation was awareded an honorary degree. In her heartfelt address, Dr. Shyamalan encouraged graduates to be their most authentic selves, to believe in themselves and say ‘yes’ to opportunities to grow.