Franciscans Plan Response to Immigration

It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions for migrants more humane. — Pope Francis

FCG.Friar on borderMigration and immigration are controversial issues that have divided many people. These twin concerns have provoked both favorable and hostile reactions toward the immigrant population here in the United States. There are those who are calling for the expulsion of these “foreigners and strangers,” while, at the same time, there are people calling for the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of migrants and immigrants.

As followers of the poor man of Assisi, we cannot remain idle and noncommittal in light of these burning issues. Our life of Gospel commitment — after the example of our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi — compels us to take a stand in solidarity with our poor migrant and immigrant brothers and sisters. Our response to this call to solidarity is Franciscan Common Ground.

FCG.FriarsFranciscan Common Ground will be a one-day conference on migration and immigration where members of the Franciscan Family and their partners-in-ministry will gather for a dialogue to firm up a collective call-to-action regarding these controversial issues. Through Franciscan Common Ground, we hope to develop mutual support among migrant/immigration advocates within the Franciscan Family. This will occur through the exchange of experiences and stories of struggles and successes in promoting the rights and welfare of the poor migrants and immigrants. Through this gathering of the Franciscan Family and their partners-in-ministry at the Franciscan Common Ground conference, we hope to forge a network that can offer information and support to migrant and immigrant advocates.

Please join us on this day of advocacy, support and network building on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at San Damiano Hall at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi at 129 W. 31st Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, N.Y.

More information can be found in the documents below. To register for the conference or obtain more information, please visit the Franciscan Common Ground’s website. Please also considering liking the Franciscan Common Ground page on Facebook.

Franciscan Common Ground

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Franciscan Common Ground Information Paper

More information the Franciscan Common Ground initiative and conference.
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Provincials' Endorsement of Franciscan Common Ground

A letter from the US Franciscan Provincials endorsing the FCG conference and encouraging the friars' participation.
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A former missionary to Perú and Bolivia, I am now working half-time at a parish in New Jersey and half-time as director of communications for US Franciscans.
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