Faith in Public Life is partnering with Hope Border Institute and the Diocese of El Paso, Texas for a border immersion trip and media training for a delegation of Catholic priests on September 4th to September 6th.
The joint coalition is primarily searching for priests in the states where Faith in Public Life has full-time organizers — Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia. Faith in Public life is starting with identifying Priests in these states so that we can continue to support them in person when they return home.
Here are the ideal characteristics for the participants for this training:
- Priests who have a “heart for immigrants,” and feel called to increase their public leadership in support of our immigrant and refugee neighbors at a time of rising nativism.
- Priests who are curious to learn more about the complexity of immigration issues and want to speak persuasively to the broader public through the media.
- Priests who have some experience working with immigrant communities, or those who are interested in learning more and developing their public advocacy.
- Priests who will commit to sharing their border experience in their parish and diocese when they return home and apply their media training by speaking at local press conferences and at prayer vigils.
- Priests who minister to racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse congregations.
- After the training, each priest will be asked to partner with interfaith leaders across the country who have recently visited the border in support of individuals and families in immigration detention, and families who have not been reunited.
- In El Paso, we will dialogue with local priests and lay leaders about the impact of increased enforcement along the border. We will hear about Bishop Mark Seitz’s initiatives on migration, including his pastoral letter on migration, and the formation of a Diocesan Commission on Migration. In addition, we will meet, hear from and pray with immigrants who have recently arrived during a visit to a detention center or Annunciation House, a volunteer-run respite center.
- Faith in Public Life’s expert communications professionals will lead a media training workshop focused on how to articulate effective messages about justice for immigrants to a broad audience. Selected priests will have their travel accommodations covered.
- If you are a priest or deacon interested in participating, please contact:
John Gehring – Faith in Public Life