Since 2005 the Catholic Church has participated on the journey for immigration reform, but legislation that would have helped address this critical issue was defeated in 2007 and 2013. What has been the impact of the legislative process on the spiritual journey of immigrants in this country? How has God been accompanying immigrants and walking closely amidst their suffering? How are immigrants becoming agents of evangelization in their parish communities? How can local parishes participate in the journey? Elena Segura, director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education of the Archdiocese of Chicago will share this journey of hope and transformation and invite you to join.
Ms. Segura is a visionary leader of social ministries to the poor whom she’s served for over 35 years. An immigrant herself from Peru, she’s founding director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education that serves the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 356 parishes. Her office is the fir st and only U.S. diocesan office dedicated to immigrants/immigrant issues. She facilitated formation of pioneering networks such as the Priests for Justice for Immigrants, Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants, and Immigration Parish Coordinators. Her office’s newest program, immigrant leadership ministry is empowering parishes to respond to their baptismal call to engage in service and justice actions in their parish communities. Her office is exploring sharing this ministry with parishes and organizations in other dioceses interested in developing this ministry.
Ms. Segura will speak as part of the Justice and Peace Speakers Series in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and 50th anniversary of the Kansas City Province. Contact Br. Daryl Charron, C.PP.S. for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.