Monthly Archives: October 2014

Putting an End to Family Detention

On October 23, Pope Francis shared a message about families on Twitter. A fundamental value of Columbans is the importance of the family. Catholic social teaching honors the family as the central social institution that must be supported and strengthened, …

Categories: CCAO Updates, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Migration, Uncategorized |

Hope and Faith

At the end of every tunnel there is light. I compare that tunnel with your situation right now, and I want to remind you of the light shining ahead of you. I know at times you might feel overwhelmed and …

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God Proved Me Wrong

Ronald Daniel Perez Arbazua, or “Ronnie,” as he is known, is a 69 year-old man who was born and raised in Puerto Saavedra in southern Chile. At the age of 15, Ronnie entered the Chilean navy and served for eight …

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Advocating for an end to Child Labor and Forced Labor

This week, I had my first experience of researching legislation and voting records of Congressional members. I am researching the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014 (H.R. 4842). Many of our goods are produced far …

Categories: CCAO Updates, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Peace & Conflict Resolution |

Weekly Prayer: October 30, 2014

Dear Jesus, Your mercy and love attract me to grow in your friendship. Admittedly distractions and inattention get in the way of knowing you more fully. But overtime your fidelity prevails. You share your life for all and invite me …

Categories: Pray, Weekly Prayer-Quench Spiritual Thirst |

Columbans and the Interfaith Immigration Coalition

The past two weeks of my internship I have participate in conference calls with the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC). The IIC is a coalition of over 40 faith-based organizations (including the Columban Fathers), committed to enacting fair and humane immigration …

Categories: CCAO Updates, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Migration |

Immigration Convocation: Standing with the Refugee and Immigrant in El Paso, TX

On Saturday evening, October 11, in El Paso, Texas, the Columban Border Ministries co-sponsored an interfaith Immigration Convocation: Standing with the Refugee and Immigrant. More than 300 people gathered outside of Annunciation House, across from the Columban Mission Center, to …

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Weekly Prayer: October 23, 2014

Your sun and your moon give me light And Your stars show the way through the night Your rivers and streams have refreshed me I will sing Your praise Amen

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Awakening the Dreamer

“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:14 At the CCAO, we focus our efforts on care for the poor and care for creation. As we advocate for the issues Columbans value, …

Categories: CCAO Updates, Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Environmental Justice |

First Communion

Relief and Welcome Nayade Constanza Rocha Canales or “Naya,” as her family and friends call her, is a 16 year-old adolescent who suffers from spina bifida. Spina bifida, which literally means “cleft spine,” is characterized by the incomplete development of …

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