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HARTFORD – The Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry (OCSJM) of the Archdiocese of Hartford will sponsor its seventh annual Bishop Peter Rosazza Social Justice Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. June 11 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield.

“Rooted in Faith: Creating an Economy of Inclusion” is the conference theme.

The keynote speaker will be Sister Damien Marie Savino, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Science & Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Sister Damien Marie, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, will explore Pope Francis’ ideas in “Laudato Si’.” She will explore ways that people heed “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” in their families, communities and daily lives.

“The conference theme, ‘Rooted in Faith: Caring for Our Common Home’ takes its origin from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’,” said Lynn Campbell, executive director of OCSJM. Laudato Si’ is addressed to “every person living on this planet,” she said, calling for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.

Participants will also have the opportunity to select from among more than 18 diverse workshop topics, including some in Spanish, and explore exhibits from local nonprofit agencies.

Information about workshops, the schedule of the day and registration is available at www.catholicsocialjustice.org or 860-242-5573. Registration is $40, or $20 for students ages 14-21, which includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. June 6 is the registration deadline.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.