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albertus leadersAlbertus Magnus College President Marc M. Camille takes a selfie on Aug. 16 with participants in the college’s inaugural Leadership Immersion Program for incoming students in the Tagliatela Academic Center on the campus in New Haven.

The innovative three-day program Aug. 16-18 was designed to inspire and encourage leadership with the 25 members of the class of 2021 who participated.

Howard C. Fero, the program director, is professor of leadership and management, and director of graduate leadership programs at Albertus Magnus College. 

“Cultivating leadership is such an important component of an Albertus education. I’m excited to be sharing leadership and working with the college’s newest attendees, and look forward to great contributions from them to Albertus, New Haven, and the community at large,” said Fero. “It will be a stimulating and insightful experience for our participants. During their freshmen year, they will continue to work with our faculty, taking part in additional workshops and networking sessions.”

Sean P. O’Connell, vice president for academic affairs, said great leaders share traits that make them great students and great community members, as well.

These traits include “the capacity to listen to, and to engage, others; the courage to open oneself to a larger purpose; the foresight to take the long view; and the discipline to stay the course,” he said.

“It is truly a program that forwards our Dominican mission of providing an education that empowers students to pursue the truth in all its dimensions and to extend to others the fruits of that search,” O’Connell explained.

The program provided opportunities for students to develop leadership habits and skills to enable them to succeed personally, academically and professionally, and as members of society.

There will be follow-up sessions for students in October, December, February and March.

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.