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Press Conference ISD

Hello, my name is Kayla Jacobs. I am the Relief and Development Coordinator for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet’s Justice & Peace Ministry in the Office for Human Dignity.

We are here in partnership with our fellow people of faith and Immigrant Solidarity DuPage and in solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the border waiting to enter the US, people enroute to the US, and migrants everywhere.

While the issue at our southern border has been highly politicized our response is simple, Human Dignity is above all and love of God and neighbor is our priority.

Over the past several months we have been able to engage our parishioners in this caravan project and the turnout has not been a disappointment. Many of our parishes and universities have collected items for our asylum seeking brothers and sisters. We are grateful for the opportunity to do practical hospitality at the border by providing material and humanitarian needs for respite centers but most importantly we are grateful for the opportunity to show our brothers and sisters that they are welcomed here in this country. We are also grateful to show our parishioners and individuals who have donated that their actions make a difference in the lives of others.

On January 20th the US Bishops released a statement regarding immigration. In the statement they noted their opposition to a border wall and any changes to current law that would make it more difficult for unaccompanied children and asylum seekers to access protection and they end it with the hope that a conclusion is made that would show compassion, safety, and protection for the vulnerable.

Last week I attended the Bishop’s annual Peace and Justice conference with about 500 other advocates. Our Diocese, the Diocese of Joliet, which includes DuPage county had the most amount of participants out of the whole country. While we were there we advocated for the permanent protection of DREAMERS and TPS holders but NOT at the cost of other protected populations such as Asylum seekers, which some politicians have suggested. We, as a Church, are unwilling, to negotiate one protected population for another. Our reasoning again, is simple, the book of John, John 10:10.  states: “Christ came that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” All who seek a life of basic human rights should be granted the opportunity to actually seek it out.

In conclusion, I would like to wish our legislators a happy valentines day and invite them to love thy neighbor.

Thank you.

Our 2014 Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Summer Intern

As of May 31st, Theresa Marten began working as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development summer intern for the Office for Human Dignity.

Theresa, from Christ the King Parish in Lombard, is currently studying English and Theology at Lewis University.

Now a senior at Lewis, Theresa is a Peer Minister in the Residence Halls, Religion Editor for The Flyer, Captain of the Flyerette Dance Team, Liturgical Minister, and will be Director of the Koinonia Retreat in the fall. t

Although Theresa has been very involved throughout her years at Lewis, now she is trying to find ways to continue to connect faith with her work.

“Now that I am a senior,” she says, “many people have asked me what my next step will be. Although I am not sure what exactly my future holds I have come to realize how valuable my experience at Lewis has been and it is because of the relationships I have been a part of. I hope to continue to learn and find different ways of living out my faith whether that is through campus ministry, teaching, or being an intern for the Diocese of Joliet.”

Please join us in welcoming Theresa marten to this important ministry. Your prayerful support as she takes on this new responsibility is much appreciated.

To learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in the Diocese of Joliet, visit www.dioceseofjoliet.org/peace!