Peace and all good!
Migration and immigration are very 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.” At the same time, there are people calling for the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of the migrants and immigrants.
As followers of the poor man of Assisi, we cannot stand idly and noncommittal to these burning issues. Our life of Gospel commitment — after the example of our Holy Father St. Francis – 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 the Franciscan Common Ground.
The Franciscan Common Ground is a one-day conference on Migration and Immigration where members of the Franciscan Family and their partners in ministry gather for a dialogue to firm up a collective call-to-action to these controversial issues.
Through the Franciscan Common Ground, we hope to develop mutual support among migrant/immigration advocates within the Franciscan Family, 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, we hope to forge a network of information and support of migrant and immigrant advocates.
The Franciscan Common Ground will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the San Damiano Hall of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi at 129 W. 31st Street, New York, NY 10001, with telephone number (212) 736-8500 ext. 377/305.