Don't be indifferent to difference

By Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life
Living with other cultures takes practice, Father Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D. wrote in U.S. Catholic's July 2000 special issue on multiculturalism.

Last Sunday's bulletin had announced a parish meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday. So, at about 6:40 a number of cars began to arrive in the parish parking lot. Slowly folks began to take their places in the parish hall. A few more straggled in at about five minutes to 7. By 7 o'clock there was a healthy turnout of parishioners, except for one thing-almost everyone in the hall was white!


The way of the crossing

By Father Daniel Groody, C.S.C.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
Immigrants today experience economic, social, legal, and pyschological crucifixions.

Last April I was working on a video documentary on the U.S.-Mexican border. It was Holy Week. Each day I talked with undocumented immigrants, church workers, coyote smugglers, and border patrol agents, trying to capture something of the complex and painful drama of illegal immigration.


The way of the crossing

By Father Daniel Groody, C.S.C.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
Immigrants today experience economic, social, legal, and pyschological crucifixions.

Last April I was working on a video documentary on the U.S.-Mexican border. It was Holy Week. Each day I talked with undocumented immigrants, church workers, coyote smugglers, and border patrol agents, trying to capture something of the complex and painful drama of illegal immigration.


Facing change: Today's parishes must meet modern challenges

By Hosffman Ospino| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration Parish Life
The U.S. Catholic Church today is undergoing profound cultural, social, and leadership transitions. It’s at the parish level that conflicts arise and new pastoral approaches are created.

Three Catholics—one white, one Hispanic, and one Vietnamese—walk into a church on Sunday. (If you thought that I was going to say that they walked into a bar, I know a few of those stories as well.) These Catholics and their families are members of St. Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which serves Catholics in three different languages: English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


Get off the fence and support immigration reform

By Joshua Hoyt| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration
Some Catholics aren't so sure about the bishops' push for comprehensive immigration reform, but this Catholic activist says it's time for the entire church to stick up for immigrants.

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Linda Smith: Teaching English to immigrants

By Michelle Bearden| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration

When Ed Smith retired from his law practice, he and his wife, Linda, dreamed of all the things they would do.

But three months later, he was diagnosed with cancer. And five months after that, he died.

Linda Smith went from planning their long-awaited trip to Italy to organizing her beloved husband's funeral.

"You think you have all the time in the world," says Smith, 61. "Then you realize just how precious every moment is. There are no guarantees."


Get off the fence and support immigration reform

By Joshua Hoyt| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration
Some Catholics aren't so sure about the bishops' push for comprehensive immigration reform, but this Catholic activist says it's time for the entire church to stick up for immigrants.

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Mothers' helper

By Katherine Jacobs| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Social Justice
Stephanie Garza, a young new leader in the church, creates leaders out of Chicago moms.

Mothers' helper

By Katherine Jacobs| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Social Justice
Stephanie Garza, a young new leader in the church, creates leaders out of Chicago moms.

Fault lines

By J.D. Long-García| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
The immigration debate comes home to Catholic parishes

She brought her children here from her country because she feared gangs would kill them.

“I left because of the delinquency of El Salvador. The situation there is very delicate. A mother has instincts toward her children, and, well, I saw a very dangerous future for them,” Maria Ayala says.

The Salvadoran civil war—which killed some 70,000 from 1980 to 1992, including San Salvador Archbishop Oscar Romero—spawned gang violence by groups like Mara Salvatrucha.


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