Chicago, IL (October 25, 2012) – Catholic scholars, law enforcement officials and national immigration experts will gather for a daylong conference on morality and immigration on Friday, November 2, at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. The conference titled, “An Ethical Perspective on the Accompaniment of Immigrants: A Faith Response”, is being organized by the Archdiocesan Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education and Catholic Theological Union.
Rev. William R. O’Neill of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union will give the keynote address. Fr. O’Neill will draw from his pastoral experiences on the U.S. - Mexico border, as well as his current post as Catholic chaplain at the federal women’s prison in Dublin, California, where many migrant women are incarcerated.
Rev. vanThanh Nguyen, SVD, of Catholic Theological Union will also speak on the sympathetic teachings of Old Testament laws toward strangers and immigrants. Various panels will feature experts from the National Immigrant Justice Center, Lake County Sheriff’s office, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education.
“We must always remember the message of Matthew 25:35 – ‘For I was a stranger and you welcomed me’ – as we seek to forge a moral solution to the challenges of our current immigration laws,” said Elena Segura, director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs & Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Conference registration is $35 for individuals or $20 for students, and is due by Friday, October 26.
To register online, go to www.archchicago.org/immigration, or call 312- 534-8383.