Immigration workshop set for June 26

Clergymen made the sign of the cross during a gathering of Jesuits and laypeople in San Diego’s Chicano Park June 8. The group took part in a prayer and informational event in solidarity with immigrants and for immigrant rights issues. On June 9 they were among hundreds who attended an ordination ceremony in San Diego for four Jesuits. (CNS Photo by David Maung)

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Louisville’s Office of Faith Formation will offer “Welcome the Stranger: Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration” June 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Flaget Center, 1935 Lewiston Drive.

The workshop is a follow-up to the Share the Journey Immigration Legal Workshop which took place in March, said Deacon Lucio Caruso of Catholic Charities.

The latest event aims to educate the faith community in two areas — what the church and Scripture teach about immigration and the subject of immigration law, he said.

A better understanding of the realities of immigration is important now more than ever, because of the political climate surrounding the issue, said Deacon Caruso.

A policy announced by the U.S. federal government in May allows for immigrant families to be separated if caught crossing the U.S. border. Catholic News Service reported on May 31 that more than 10,000 immigrant children are in the custody of the federal government.

“As Catholics, we feel very strongly about keeping families together. Family separation goes against our faith values and the trauma to the children will last for years,” said Deacon Caruso. What’s happening “demonstrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform, which we as a church have been pushing for and supporting for years.”

Deacon Caruso will present an overview of biblical and church teaching on immigration during the program. And Angela Adams, an immigration lawyer for Adams Immigration Law in Indianapolis, Ind., will speak on immigration law.

Adams is an “excellent” presenter who has experience speaking on the topic of immigration in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, said Deacon Caruso.

Catechists who attend the workshop are eligible to receive three credits in the theology content area of justice, according to organizers.

The cost of the workshop is $10 and pre-registration is required by contacting Lynn McDaniel at lmcdaniel@archlou.org or 636-0296 ext. 1267. Checks may be made payable to ALMI.

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