The Annual KBI Dinner Raises Spirits and Funds

Each year, this KBI fundraising event recognizes the urgent work of the KBI and the vital role of donors, volunteers and others in keeping these programs strong.

By: Roxane Ramos

Emcee Frank Camacho points to the lucky winners of a Nogales weekend, including a dinner cooked by Father Pete and Father Sean

Emcee Frank Camacho points to the lucky winners of a Nogales weekend, including a dinner cooked by Father Pete and Father Sean

A little drizzle did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the 260 supporters who gathered for the Sixth Annual KBI Dinner on Saturday, February 28. As planning committee chair Lucy Howell noted, “Weather is never an obstacle. We had to hustle folks into dinner once the rain started, but the support for the KBI was, as always, exciting and inspiring.”

Mingling in the courtyard of St. Francis Xavier School in Phoenix, attendees enjoyed a pre-dinner reception of refreshments and appetizers, sponsored by Maldonado Medical. It was followed by dinner, catered by local chef Vincent Guerithault and served by Brophy College Preparatory students. With Master of Ceremonies Frank Camacho, Phoenix-based news anchor and reporter, at the helm, this year’s dinner featured silent and live auctions, raising even more funds for the KBI. When two live-auction bidders vied for a week’s stay at a waterfront town house in San Diego, complete with lunch at the yacht club and an afternoon sail on the bay, KBI board chair Jane Lacovara and her husband Dr. Phil Lacovara donated another week’s stay for the runners-up. (The sailboat ride was courtesy of Lucy and Steve Howell.)

At the pre-dinner reception, Father Sean with Frank Camacho, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, and KBI board member Dora Vasquez.

At the pre-dinner reception, Father Sean with Frank Camacho, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, and KBI board member Dora Vasquez.

Also auctioned that night were a chef’s choice dinner with Father Sean at Vincent, and a tour of the KBI that included a night’s stay at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, and a gourmet dinner prepared by Father Sean and Father Pete at the Nogales Jesuit Community. (So now we know that they can cook, too! And raise $3,000 for the KBI in the process.) The dinner and auctions raised $124, 240, with donations are still coming in. Of that total, the silent auction raised $4,000 and the live auction, $14,000.

Jean Wallace, recipient of the Pope Francis Award, holds the Migrant Portrait she received in acknowledgement. With the portrait’s artist, Pamela Hoffmeister, and Father Sean.

Jean Wallace, recipient of the Pope Francis Award, holds the Migrant Portrait she received in acknowledgement. With the portrait’s artist, Pamela Hoffmeister, and Father Sean.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Pope Francis Award, given to Jean Wallace for her extraordinary support of the KBI’s mission. Father Sean presented Jean with a Migrant Portrait by artist Pamela Hoffmeister, who has painted a series of such portraits and is married to KBI board member Dr. Charlie Hoffmeister.

The KBI staff (from l. to r.): Fr. Sean Carroll, Fr. Samuel Lozano, Marla Conrad, Sr. Alicia Guevara Perez, Sr. Cecelia Lopez Arias, Sr. María Engracia Robles Robles, and Josefina Bejarano Padilla.

The KBI staff (from l. to r.): Fr. Sean Carroll, Fr. Samuel Lozano, Marla Conrad, Sr. Alicia Guevara Perez, Sr. Cecelia Lopez Arias, Sr. María Engracia Robles Robles, and Josefina Bejarano Padilla.

Once again the capable KBI Planning Committee arranged and hosted a marvelous event, one that extends the KBI’s ability to serve deported migrants, educate the public on immigration issues, and provide data for critical research and advocacy. As Father Sean expressed in his remarks that evening, the KBI is grateful to all the donors and supporters who make the KBI possible. We include photos by Johnny Lazoya, who donated his talents.

Father Sean with the evening’s dapper wait staff, student volunteers from Brophy College Preparatory.

Father Sean with the evening’s dapper wait staff, student volunteers from Brophy College Preparatory.

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The Jesuit Provincials at the Border

Jesuits representatives from the U.S. and Canada visit the KBI to learn more about the migrant experience and the reality of the border.

By: Roxane Ramos

During their February meeting in Tucson, representatives from the Jesuit provinces in the U.S. Canada, and Central America (11 provinces in all) took the opportunity to visit the KBI’s border ministry. On Sunday, February 8, they gathered at the comedor with the migrants for a dialogue, a Mass celebrated by Father Sean, and a shared meal. These honored guests helped to serve the meal, and lingered after to hear border accounts directly from the migrants. Here are some images from that special day. All photos by Larry Hanelin, courtesy of the Jesuit Conference.

Father Sean celebrates Mass at the comedor.

Father Sean celebrates Mass at the comedor.

The Jesuit Provincials and the migrants attend Mass at the comedor.

The Jesuit Provincials and the migrants attend Mass at the comedor.

Sister Engracia and one of the migrants do the readings.

Sister Engracia and one of the migrants do the readings.

Father Sean offers Communion to those in attendance.

Father Sean offers Communion to those in attendance.

KBI staff and volunteers, along with the Jesuit Provincials, serve the migrants.

KBI staff and volunteers, along with the Jesuit Provincials, serve the migrants.

The women who are staying at the nearby KBI shelter, Casa Nazareth, share a table with their visitors.

The women who are staying at the nearby KBI shelter, Casa Nazareth, share a table with their visitors.

The Jesuit Provincials get to hear first-hand accounts of the migrant experience.

The Jesuit Provincials get to hear first-hand accounts of the migrant experience.

One of the migrants plays a song on his ukulele after the meal.

One of the migrants plays a song on his ukulele after the meal.

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Up Close: Frank Grieco and Luis Fernando Parra

Two KBI board members are honored for their years of service.

By: Roxane Ramos

In September, Frank Grieco and Luis Parra, both founding board members, were honored for their years of service to the Kino Border Initiative. “Frank and Luis have contributed so much to the KBI Board of Directors,” said board chair Jane Lacovara. “As a migration attorney working on both sides of the border, Luis has been such a valuable resource for us. And we’ve benefited from Frank’s deep understanding of the migration experience, growing up near the border and working in the produce industry there. We are so grateful to both of them for six dedicated years of service.”

Father Sean congratulates Frank Grieco, left, and Luis Parra, right. September 2014.

Father Sean congratulates Frank Grieco, left, and Luis Parra, right. September 2014.

Frank Grieco:

A 2008 presentation by Father Sean and Mark Potter (now a KBI board member) in Green Valley inspired Frank to join the KBI Board of Directors as a founding member in 2008. As Frank tells it, “It struck a chord because of my years working with migrants.” He grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, and spent his professional life in agriculture, first in the field and in packing houses, then in management. Those decades of experience, from boyhood on, established a deeply ingrained and sensitive familiarity with border culture and the migrant experience. His feelings of kindredness with his immigrant classmates, neighbors, and co-workers as well as a call to serve resulted in a life-long commitment to helping migrant families.

Now retired in Rio Rico, Arizona, Frank’s service to the KBI has been an extension of that calling. He has lent his wisdom and knowledge to board discussions and decisions, and chaired the Building Committee, facilitating a plan to consolidate the KBI’s programs in a single well-organized and safe location. He was also a member of the Finance Committee, chairing it for a time. Frank has appreciated the moving lessons inherent in the work. At the first KBI Christmas dinner when he and other volunteers served a holiday meal to the migrants, one small exchange stood out—the man looked Frank straight in the eyes and expressed his gratitude. Frank says of that moment, “I could see Christ in him, and that man taught me to see Christ in others.”

In addition to his volunteer work addressing migrant needs and border issues, Frank has served in ministries in Southern Arizona since 2005 and, after completing four years of training and receiving his certification, now serves in three parishes and five churches as a Spiritual Director and Lay Ecclesial Minister. He is also certified as a Grief Service Provider and Facilitator. This ministry work has allowed him to share what he knows about the migrant struggle. His wife Suzana also grew up at the border, born in El Paso and raised in Nogales, Sonora, and has often helped with the KBI’s work there. Both Frank and Suzana are Professed lay members of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). They have two grown children—Vincent Grieco in Nashville and Mary Margaret Grieco Pera in Reno.

In addition to his work with the KBI, Frank Grieco is a Spiritual Director, Lay Ecclesial Minister and Grief Service Provider and Facilitator.

In addition to his work with the KBI, Frank Grieco is a Spiritual Director, Lay Ecclesial Minister and Grief Service Provider and Facilitator.

Luis Fernando Parra:

Luis learned about the KBI and met Father Sean at an introductory Mass at Holy Sacred Heart Church in Nogales, Arizona. A fellowship recipient and graduate of the Jesuit-run Gonzaga University College of Law in Spokane, Washington, with a practice specializing in immigration and international law along the Arizona-Sonora border, Luis was motivated to speak with Father Sean afterwards and offer his assistance to the new organization. He adds, “I was also intrigued by their decision to name the initiative after one of our regions most transformative historical figures, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino.”

A founding board member, Luis has offered his legal expertise and insights to the KBI’s management and planning, and from 2009 to 2014, he served as chair of the KBI Board of Directors. Now that his board service is concluded, his memories lean toward both the everyday inspirational activities, like the opening prayers at board meetings and the shared responses of his fellow board members, as well as bigger events, such as the Mass after a successful annual fundraising dinner when Father Sean challenged the congregation to find in their hearts a compassion for our migrant brothers and sisters, and a conviction to act on their behalf.

Luis’s family history exemplifies the great fluidity of the Arizona-Sonora border. His much loved and admired PapaGrande (grandfather) was born in Nogales, Arizona, and moved to Nogales, Sonora, where he worked in the cattle business. Luis’s life story reverses that migration narrative—he was born in Nogales, Sonora, and raised in Nogales, Arizona. “When people ask,” he says, “I tell them I am from Ambos Nogales.” He went on to complete his J.D. at Arizona State Universtity’s Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law, and is a member of the Nogales Lions Club and the Nogales VFW Post 2066. He lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife of 19 years, Cecy (his “better half,” as he calls her), also an avid supporter of the KBI, and their children Alan Fernando, 16, and Cristabela, 13.

the KBI’s Honorary Doctorate from that institution. June 2014.

the KBI’s Honorary Doctorate from that institution. June 2014.

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Arizona Gives Day

Mark you calendar now for April 7th—Arizona Gives Day! You can participate wherever you live; you don’t have to be in Arizona to give. On this one day, over $1,000,000 will be raised for nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona. The KBI will have the opportunity to earn cash prizes throughout the day for the most number of donors and/or dollars raised. To support the KBI with a special gift on this day, go to: https://azgives.givebig.org/c/GivesDay

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Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner

Join us on Saturday, February 28, for the KBI’s fifth annual fundraising dinner. Here are the details.

5pm Reception
6pm Dinner, catered by Vincent
Program by Reverend Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director, Kino Border Initiative
Location: St. Francis Xavier School, 4715 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012
RSVP by February 16, 2014

All proceeds go to the KBI. For further information, call or email Lucy Howell at 602-695-1604, LHowell@kinoborderinitiative.org.
To make reservations or a donation, please go to https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/2015-kbi-annual-dinner-reservation/

Note: Rooms at the Hampton Inn Phoenix Biltmore
2310 E. Highland Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016,
may be reserved at a discounted price for the night of February 28.
Call Kyle Burry at (602) 956-5221 by Jan. 28 and mention the Kino Border Initiative. http://www.phoenixbiltmorearea.hamptoninn.com

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson offers communion to those gathered on the Mexican side of the fence during a special border mass to honor migrants who have died in the desert. April 2014.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson offers communion to those gathered on the Mexican side of the fence during a special border mass to honor migrants who have died in the desert. April 2014.

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Media coverage of Pope Francis’s letter to KBI and Kino Teens

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Pope Francis’s letter to the KBI and the Kino Teens.

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Church without Frontiers, Mother to All

By: Roxane Ramos

For the 2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 18, Pope Francis sends a message of peaceful coexistence, inclusion and compassion.

Pope Francis, welcomed by a crowd in Varginha, Brazil, July 2013. Public domain image from Wiki Commons, photo by Tânia Rêgo.

Pope Francis, welcomed by a crowd in Varginha, Brazil, July 2013.
Public domain image from Wiki Commons, photo by Tânia Rêgo.

ENGLISH:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus is “the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person” (Evangelii Gaudium, 209). His solicitude, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized, invites all of us to care for the frailest and to recognize his suffering countenance, especially in the victims of new forms of poverty and slavery. The Lord says: “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Mt 25:35-36). The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and refugees, who are trying to escape difficult living conditions and dangers of every kind. For this reason, the theme for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees is: Church without frontiers, mother to all.

The Church opens her arms to welcome all people, without distinction or limits, in order to proclaim that “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8,16). After his death and resurrection, Jesus entrusted to the disciples the mission of being his witnesses and proclaiming the Gospel of joy and mercy. On the day of Pentecost, the disciples left the Upper Room with courage and enthusiasm; the strength of the Holy Spirit overcame their doubts and uncertainties and enabled all to understand the disciples’ preaching in their own language. From the beginning, the Church has been a mother with a heart open to the whole world, and has been without borders. This mission has continued for two thousand years. But even in the first centuries, the missionary proclamation spoke of the universal motherhood of the Church, which was then developed in the writings of the Fathers and taken up by the Second Vatican Council. The Council Fathers spoke of Ecclesia Mater to explain the Church’s nature. She begets sons and daughters and “takes them in and embraces them with her love and in her heart” (Lumen Gentium, 14).

The Church without frontiers, Mother to all, spreads throughout the world a culture of acceptance and solidarity, in which no one is seen as useless, out of place or disposable. When living out this motherhood effectively, the Christian community nourishes, guides and indicates the way, accompanying all with patience, and drawing close to them through prayer and works of mercy.

Today this takes on a particular significance. In fact, in an age of such vast movements of migration, large numbers of people are leaving their homelands, with a suitcase full of fears and desires, to undertake a hopeful and dangerous trip in search of more humane living conditions. Often, however, such migration gives rise to suspicion and hostility, even in ecclesial communities, prior to any knowledge of the migrants’ lives or their stories of persecution and destitution. In such cases, suspicion and prejudice conflict with the biblical commandment of welcoming with respect and solidarity the stranger in need.

On the other hand, we sense in our conscience the call to touch human misery, and to put into practice the commandment of love that Jesus left us when he identified himself with the stranger, with the one who suffers, with all the innocent victims of violence and exploitation. Because of the weakness of our nature, however, “we are tempted to be that kind of Christian who keeps the Lord’s wounds at arm’s length” (Evangelii Gaudium, 270).

The courage born of faith, hope and love enables us to reduce the distances that separate us from human misery. Jesus Christ is always waiting to be recognized in migrants and refugees, in displaced persons and in exiles, and through them he calls us to share our resources, and occasionally to give up something of our acquired riches. Pope Paul VI spoke of this when he said that “the more fortunate should renounce some of their rights so as to place their goods more generously at the service of others” (Octogesima Adveniens, 23).

The multicultural character of society today, for that matter, encourages the Church to take on new commitments of solidarity, communion and evangelization. Migration movements, in fact, call us to deepen and strengthen the values needed to guarantee peaceful coexistence between persons and cultures. Achieving mere tolerance that respects diversity and ways of sharing between different backgrounds and cultures is not sufficient. This is precisely where the Church contributes to overcoming frontiers and encouraging the “moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization … towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world” (Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2014).

Migration movements, however, are on such a scale that only a systematic and active cooperation between States and international organizations can be capable of regulating and managing such movements effectively. For migration affects everyone, not only because of the extent of the phenomenon, but also because of “the social, economic, political, cultural and religious problems it raises, and the dramatic challenges it poses to nations and the international community” (Caritas in Veritate, 62).

At the international level, frequent debates take place regarding the appropriateness, methods and required norms to deal with the phenomenon of migration. There are agencies and organizations on the international, national and local level which work strenuously to serve those seeking a better life through migration. Notwithstanding their generous and laudable efforts, a more decisive and constructive action is required, one which relies on a universal network of cooperation, based on safeguarding the dignity and centrality of every human person. This will lead to greater effectiveness in the fight against the shameful and criminal trafficking of human beings, the violation of fundamental rights, and all forms of violence, oppression and enslavement. Working together, however, requires reciprocity, joint-action, openness and trust, in the knowledge that “no country can singlehandedly face the difficulties associated with this phenomenon, which is now so widespread that it affects every continent in the twofold movement of immigration and emigration” (Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2014).

It is necessary to respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation, in such a way as to make the conditions of migrants more humane. At the same time, greater efforts are needed to guarantee the easing of conditions, often brought about by war or famine, which compel whole peoples to leave their native countries.

Solidarity with migrants and refugees must be accompanied by the courage and creativity necessary to develop, on a world-wide level, a more just and equitable financial and economic order, as well as an increasing commitment to peace, the indispensable condition for all authentic progress.
Dear migrants and refugees! You have a special place in the heart of the Church, and you help her to enlarge her heart and to manifest her motherhood towards the entire human family. Do not lose your faith and hope! Let us think of the Holy Family during the flight in Egypt: Just as the maternal heart of the Blessed Virgin and the kind heart of Saint Joseph kept alive the confidence that God would never abandon them, so in you may the same hope in the Lord never be wanting. I entrust you to their protection and I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing.

From the Vatican, 3 September 2014

Pope Francis among the people of St. Peter’s Square in Rome, May 2013. Public domain image from Wiki Commons, photo by Edgar Jiménez.

Pope Francis among the people of St. Peter’s Square in Rome, May 2013.
Public domain image from Wiki Commons, photo by Edgar Jiménez.

SPANISH:

Queridos hermanos y hermanas:
Jesús es «el evangelizador por excelencia y el Evangelio en persona» (Exhort. ap. Evangelii gaudium, 209). Su solicitud especial por los más vulnerables y excluidos nos invita a todos a cuidar a las personas más frágiles y a reconocer su rostro sufriente, sobre todo en las víctimas de las nuevas formas de pobreza y esclavitud. El Señor dice: «Tuve hambre y me disteis de comer, tuve sed y me disteis de beber, fui forastero y me hospedasteis, estuve desnudo y me vestisteis, enfermo y me visitasteis, en la cárcel y vinisteis a verme» (Mt 25,35-36). Misión de la Iglesia, peregrina en la tierra y madre de todos, es por tanto amar a Jesucristo, adorarlo y amarlo, especialmente en los más pobres y desamparados; entre éstos, están ciertamente los emigrantes y los refugiados, que intentan dejar atrás difíciles condiciones de vida y todo tipo de peligros. Por eso, el lema de la Jornada Mundial del Emigrante y del Refugiado de este año es: Una Iglesia sin fronteras, madre de todos.

En efecto, la Iglesia abre sus brazos para acoger a todos los pueblos, sin discriminaciones y sin límites, y para anunciar a todos que «Dios es amor» (1 Jn 4,8.16). Después de su muerte y resurrección, Jesús confió a sus discípulos la misión de ser sus testigos y de proclamar el Evangelio de la alegría y de la misericordia. Ellos, el día de Pentecostés, salieron del Cenáculo con valentía y entusiasmo; la fuerza del Espíritu Santo venció sus dudas y vacilaciones, e hizo que cada uno escuchase su anuncio en su propia lengua; así desde el comienzo, la Iglesia es madre con el corazón abierto al mundo entero, sin fronteras. Este mandato abarca una historia de dos milenios, pero ya desde los primeros siglos el anuncio misionero hizo visible la maternidad universal de la Iglesia, explicitada después en los escritos de los Padres y retomada por el Concilio Ecuménico Vaticano II. Los Padres conciliares hablaron de Ecclesia mater para explicar su naturaleza. Efectivamente, la Iglesia engendra hijos e hijas y los incorpora y «los abraza con amor y solicitud como suyos» (Const. dogm. sobre la Iglesia Lumen gentium, 14).

La Iglesia sin fronteras, madre de todos, extiende por el mundo la cultura de la acogida y de la solidaridad, según la cual nadie puede ser considerado inútil, fuera de lugar o descartable. Si vive realmente su maternidad, la comunidad cristiana alimenta, orienta e indica el camino, acompaña con paciencia, se hace cercana con la oración y con las obras de misericordia.
Todo esto adquiere hoy un significado especial. De hecho, en una época de tan vastas migraciones, un gran número de personas deja sus lugares de origen y emprende el arriesgado viaje de la esperanza, con el equipaje lleno de deseos y de temores, a la búsqueda de condiciones de vida más humanas. No es extraño, sin embargo, que estos movimientos migratorios susciten desconfianza y rechazo, también en las comunidades eclesiales, antes incluso de conocer las circunstancias de persecución o de miseria de las personas afectadas. Esos recelos y prejuicios se oponen al mandamiento bíblico de acoger con respeto y solidaridad al extranjero necesitado.

Por una parte, oímos en el sagrario de la conciencia la llamada a tocar la miseria humana y a poner en práctica el mandamiento del amor que Jesús nos dejó cuando se identificó con el extranjero, con quien sufre, con cuantos son víctimas inocentes de la violencia y la explotación. Por otra parte, sin embargo, a causa de la debilidad de nuestra naturaleza, “sentimos la tentación de ser cristianos manteniendo una prudente distancia de las llagas del Señor” (Exhort. ap. Evangelii gaudium, 270).

La fuerza de la fe, de la esperanza y de la caridad permite reducir las distancias que nos separan de los dramas humanos. Jesucristo espera siempre que lo reconozcamos en los emigrantes y en los desplazados, en los refugiados y en los exiliados, y asimismo nos llama a compartir nuestros recursos, y en ocasiones a renunciar a nuestro bienestar. Lo recordaba el Papa Pablo VI, diciendo que «los más favorecidos deben renunciar a algunos de sus derechos para poner con mayor liberalidad sus bienes al servicio de los demás» (Carta ap. Octogesima adveniens, 14 mayo 1971, 23).

Por lo demás, el carácter multicultural de las sociedades actuales invita a la Iglesia a asumir nuevos compromisos de solidaridad, de comunión y de evangelización. Los movimientos migratorios, de hecho, requieren profundizar y reforzar los valores necesarios para garantizar una convivencia armónica entre las personas y las culturas. Para ello no basta la simple tolerancia, que hace posible el respeto de la diversidad y da paso a diversas formas de solidaridad entre las personas de procedencias y culturas diferentes. Aquí se sitúa la vocación de la Iglesia a superar las fronteras y a favorecer «el paso de una actitud defensiva y recelosa, de desinterés o de marginación a una actitud que ponga como fundamento la “cultura del encuentro”, la única capaz de construir un mundo más justo y fraterno» (Mensaje para la Jornada Mundial del Emigrante y del Refugiado 2014).

Sin embargo, los movimientos migratorios han asumido tales dimensiones que sólo una colaboración sistemática y efectiva que implique a los Estados y a las Organizaciones internacionales puede regularlos eficazmente y hacerles frente. En efecto, las migraciones interpelan a todos, no sólo por las dimensiones del fenómeno, sino también «por los problemas sociales, económicos, políticos, culturales y religiosos que suscita, y por los dramáticos desafíos que plantea a las comunidades nacionales y a la comunidad internacional» (Benedicto XVI, Carta enc. Caritas in veritate, 29 junio 2009, 62).

En la agenda internacional tienen lugar frecuentes debates sobre las posibilidades, los métodos y las normativas para afrontar el fenómeno de las migraciones. Hay organismos e instituciones, en el ámbito internacional, nacional y local, que ponen su trabajo y sus energías al servicio de cuantos emigran en busca de una vida mejor. A pesar de sus generosos y laudables esfuerzos, es necesaria una acción más eficaz e incisiva, que se sirva de una red universal de colaboración, fundada en la protección de la dignidad y centralidad de la persona humana. De este modo, será más efectiva la lucha contra el tráfico vergonzoso y delictivo de seres humanos, contra la vulneración de los derechos fundamentales, contra cualquier forma de violencia, vejación y esclavitud. Trabajar juntos requiere reciprocidad y sinergia, disponibilidad y confianza, sabiendo que «ningún país puede afrontar por sí solo las dificultades unidas a este fenómeno que, siendo tan amplio, afecta en este momento a todos los continentes en el doble movimiento de inmigración y emigración» (Mensaje para la Jornada Mundial del Emigrante y del Refugiado 2014).

A la globalización del fenómeno migratorio hay que responder con la globalización de la caridad y de la cooperación, para que se humanicen las condiciones de los emigrantes. Al mismo tiempo, es necesario intensificar los esfuerzos para crear las condiciones adecuadas para garantizar una progresiva disminución de las razones que llevan a pueblos enteros a dejar su patria a causa de guerras y carestías, que a menudo se concatenan unas a otras.

A la solidaridad con los emigrantes y los refugiados es preciso añadir la voluntad y la creatividad necesarias para desarrollar mundialmente un orden económico-financiero más justo y equitativo, junto con un mayor compromiso por la paz, condición indispensable para un auténtico progreso.
Queridos emigrantes y refugiados, ocupáis un lugar especial en el corazón de la Iglesia, y la ayudáis a tener un corazón más grande para manifestar su maternidad con la entera familia humana. No perdáis la confianza ni la esperanza. Miremos a la Sagrada Familia exiliada en Egipto: así como en el corazón materno de la Virgen María y en el corazón solícito de san José se mantuvo la confianza en Dios que nunca nos abandona, que no os falte esta misma confianza en el Señor. Os encomiendo a su protección y os imparto de corazón la Bendición Apostólica.

Vaticano, 3 de septiembre de 2014

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Migration and the Catholic Church

By: Roxane Ramos

This year marks the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, a day of reflection and thoughtful action first initiated by Pope Pius X in 1914 against the backdrop of a Europe on the move and on the brink of war.

On December 28, 1908, a massive earthquake (7.2 in magnitude) struck Sicily and Calabria in Southern Italy, followed moments later by a 39-foot tsunami. The tragedy left between 123,000 and 200,000 dead, and the cities of Messina and Reggio di Calabria as well as dozens of smaller towns completely destroyed. Those who survived were instantaneously homeless, many injured. Local Catholic churches helped as they could (since they were decimated, too) with shelter, medical care and prayer. In Rome, Pope Pius X filled the Apostolic Palace with refugees who had made their way north.

Survivors of the 1908 Messina earthquake, Sicily, circa 1909. Public domain image from the Library of Congress.

Survivors of the 1908 Messina earthquake, Sicily, circa 1909.
Public domain image from the Library of Congress.

A traditionalist who rejected modernist interpretations of Church doctrine, Pope Pius X nevertheless focused not only on “word,” but “deed,” ushering in an era of renewed commitment to the pastoral role of the Church. Like Pope Francis today, Pope Pius X was particularly distressed by the plight of the poor, homeless and needy. His tenure as pope, from 1903 to 1914, coincided with the first massive population movements of the 20th-century due to natural disasters, famine and war. In January 1914, Pope Pius X instituted the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in recognition of this phenomenon. Two months later, the Vatican issued a decree directly addressing the care of migrants for the first time, and emphasizing the responsibility of local churches in responding to the needs of immigrants. Clergy were urged to study the languages and customs of their migrant communities to better serve them and offer pastoral comfort.

Homeless survivors of the earthquake under a tent, 1908. Public domain image from Wilhelm von Gloeden.

Homeless survivors of the earthquake under a tent, 1908.
Public domain image from Wilhelm von Gloeden.

In a matter of months, World War I would begin, and Europe would experience unprecedented casualties and the migration of millions fleeing encroaching armies, enemy occupations, starvation and other threats. Pope Pius X did not live to see the “Great War”—he died on August 20, 1914 of complications following a heart attack, and he was canonized in May 1954. But his foresight and compassion mark an important historic moment in modern Church history, when the “stranger” and the “neighbor” were acknowledged more and more frequently as one in the same. Today, the Catholic Church continues to commemorate the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, and pastoral outreach to immigrants is common practice among local churches throughout the world.

French and Belgian refugees fleeing Paris, April 1918.  Public domain image from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

French and Belgian refugees fleeing Paris, April 1918.
Public domain image from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

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Up Close: The KBI’s Year in Review

By: Roxane Ramos

The past year was filled with important events for the Kino Border Initiative, starting with the KBI’s fifth anniversary last January. Here are the highlights from 2014.

The KBI’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration: In January, the Kino Border Initiative celebrated five years of service at the border and working to educate and advocate throughout the U.S. and Mexico. A forum at the Museo del Arte in Nogales, Sonora, was attended by more than 200 supporters and featured world-renowned human rights defender Father Alejandro Solalinde of Oaxaca as the keynote speaker.

Executive director Father Sean Carroll, S.J., welcomes everyone to the KBI’s fifth anniversary celebration.

Executive director Father Sean Carroll, S.J., welcomes everyone to the KBI’s fifth anniversary celebration.

Father Solalinde speaks with passion about the migrant experience.

Father Solalinde speaks with passion about the migrant experience.

The panel participants included (from left to right) César López, a member of the Border Justice Collective of Ambos Nogales; Father Solalinde; Father Ricardo Machuca Hernández, then KBI Director of Programs, Mexico; Sister María Engracia Robles, KBI Coordinator of Education/Advocacy, Mexico; Father Prisciliano Peraza García, director of the Community Center for Migrants and co-coordinator of the Human Mobility migrant shelters in Northern Mexico; and Isabel Garcia, director of the Pima County Legal Defender's Office and co-chair of Derechos Humanos in Tucson.

The panel participants included (from left to right) César López, a member of the Border Justice Collective of Ambos Nogales; Father Solalinde; Father Ricardo Machuca Hernández, then KBI Director of Programs, Mexico; Sister María Engracia Robles, KBI Coordinator of Education/Advocacy, Mexico; Father Prisciliano Peraza García, director of the Community Center for Migrants and co-coordinator of the Human Mobility migrant shelters in Northern Mexico; and Isabel Garcia, director of the Pima County Legal Defender’s Office and co-chair of Derechos Humanos in Tucson.

Father Sean, Father Ricardo, Chris Boitano and Sister Clara Alcátara Torres. M.E. share a laugh. Sister Clara is the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist in Colima, Mexico.

Father Sean, Father Ricardo, Chris Boitano and Sister Clara Alcátara Torres. M.E. share a laugh. Sister Clara is the Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist in Colima, Mexico.

The KBI Fourth Annual Dinner: Held in Phoenix on March 29, 2014, last year’s fundraising dinner drew a record 220 attendees and raised over $140,000, more than doubling the amount raised the previous year, with local philanthropist Joe Anderson spurring donations by offering to match the first $50,000 raised. This year’s dinner will be held on Saturday, February 28. For more information and to purchase tickets, please see: www.kinoborderinitiative.org/2015-kbi-annual-dinner-reservation/.

The KBI staff and volunteers gather as Fr. Sean welcomes the dinner guests at the Fourth Annual KBI Dinner.

The KBI staff and volunteers gather as Fr. Sean welcomes the dinner guests at the Fourth Annual KBI Dinner.

At last year’s dinner, Joe Anderson’s matching gift of $50,000 helped spur donations.

At last year’s dinner, Joe Anderson’s matching gift of $50,000 helped spur donations.

Bishops at the Border: On April 1, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent an impressive delegation of clergy—including seven bishops and 17 priests—to draw national attention to the immigration crisis. Cardinal Seán O’Malley celebrated Mass at the border, an event attended by scores of people on both sides of the fence.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley blesses the crowd at the border.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley blesses the crowd at the border.

Father Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director of the KBI, greets everyone after the Mass.

Father Sean Carroll, S.J., Executive Director of the KBI, greets everyone after the Mass.

The KBI’s Honorary Degree: Santa Clara University acknowledged the comprehensive work of the Kino Border Initiative “to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality” with an Honorary Doctorate of Pastoral Ministry at their commencement ceremonies on June 14. Father Sean Carroll, S.J., the KBI’s executive director, received the degree on behalf of the KBI.

Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., holding the honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University, with SCU President Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. (l.) and Dr. Kristin Heyer, professor of religious studies at SCU (r.). Photo by Charles Barry/Santa Clara University.

Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J., holding the honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University, with SCU President Fr. Michael Engh, S.J. (l.) and Dr. Kristin Heyer, professor of religious studies at SCU (r.).
Photo by Charles Barry/Santa Clara University.

A very happy day for the KBI: (from left to right) past board chair Luis Parra, board member Lucy Howell, migrant advocate/volunteer coordinator Marla Conrad, current board chair Jane Lacovara, executive director Father Sean Carroll, his mother Cathy Carroll, board member Mark Potter, and director of education West Cosgrove. Photo by Steve Howell.

A very happy day for the KBI: (from left to right) past board chair Luis Parra, board member Lucy Howell, migrant advocate/volunteer coordinator Marla Conrad, current board chair Jane Lacovara, executive director Father Sean Carroll, his mother Cathy Carroll, board member Mark Potter, and director of education West Cosgrove.
Photo by Steve Howell.

President Obama’s Executive Action: In November, the Jesuits of the United States, Jesuit Refugee Services/USA, and the Kino Border Initiative issued a statement welcoming President Obama’s executive action to end the legislative gridlock and place pressure on Congress to make immigration reform a priority. The President’s order will provide temporary stays of deportation to as many as five million undocumented migrants who live in fear of discovery and separation from their families, but there are another 6 million undocumented immigrants whose situations are unaddressed by the order. To read the complete statement from the Jesuits of the United States, JRS/USA, and the KBI, please see: http://www.jesuit.org/news-detail?TN=NEWS-20141121032132.

President Obama issues an executive order that will provide relief for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Public domain image.

President Obama issues an executive order that will provide relief for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
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