Missionaries of the Precious Blood welcomed Sr. Simone Campbell, sss, Executive Director of network and author of A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community, as keynote speaker at their annual assembly June 6-8, 2016 at Church of the Annunciation in Kearney, Missouri. The theme, Faith in Action, was timely for this election year. During the assembly, the province approved a Corporate Stance for Comprehensive Reform of the Immigration System. Key points of the stance include a call for legislation that will:
- Provide a timely path to legal status for undocumented persons in the country
- Preserve family unity as a cornerstone for our national immigration system
- Provide for just and legal paths for immigrant laborers to come and work in
- Restore due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies
- Address the root causes of migration within sending countries and explore long-term solutions
The statement also empowered the province’s Justice and Peace Committee to develop a plan for the province to act in accordance with the beliefs expressed in the stance.
Prior to the province’s confirmation of the corporate stance, Sr. Simone led attendees in deliberations and dialogue of how to apply faith, spirituality, and charism to issues in society today that cry out for justice, equality, and compassion, especially immigration reform. Provincial Director Fr. Joe Nassal, c.pp.s. said, “Sr. Simone is a prophetic voice for justice in the world and we are honored by her presence among us.”
During the assembly, Fathers Joe Miller, Alan Hartway and Jim Urbanic were honored for their jubilee anniversaries as Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Also honored for jubilee aniversaries, but unable to attend were Fathers Jack McClure and Jim Sloan. Brother Daryl Charron, C.PP.S. was blessed by the congregation at the Wednesday evening Mass, as he assumes duties with the Precious Blood Mission in Saigon, Vietnam.
As Missionaries and Companions of the Precious Blood – Kansas City Province, we are compelled by our
charisms of reconciliation, hospitality and ministry of the Word for the renewal of the Church. We are
motivated by the Gospel message (“For I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Mt. 25:35) and inspired by our founder, St. Gaspar (“Please, I urge you not to abandon the poor who are the image of Jesus Christ”). We remember that we are a nation of immigrants. In light of these roots and our commitment to social justice, we affirm the rights of all immigrants to be treated with dignity and respect. We call on all government leaders to work together to establish compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform legislation. This legislation should:
• Provide a timely path to legal status for undocumented persons in the country
• Preserve family unity as a cornerstone for our national immigration system
• Provide for just and legal paths for immigrant laborers to come and work in the U.S.
• Restore due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies
• Address the root causes of migration within sending countries and explore long-term solutions
We empower the Justice and Peace Committee to develop an action plan for the congregation to implement the core beliefs expressed in our stance.