Immigration reform in the United States was the focus of an Oct. 11 Dialogue Day with Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, at Lewis University in Romeoville. In addition to leading two dialogues with students, faculty and staff, Cardinal Mahoney also presided over Mass in the university’s Sancta Alberta Chapel. The Mass was to intercede for immigrant justice and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II’s convening.
Cardinal Mahony started his dialogues with biblical and historical perspectives of immigration. He urged attendees to hear God’s calling to help those in need. “As followers of Jesus, we have a biblical imperative to help those that are neglected in society. We have a calling to help our neighbor,” said Cardinal Mahony. He also tackled current issues in immigration reform. “The U.S. depends a lot on immigrants, who work hard to support their families and move the economy forward,” added Cardinal Mahony. Attendees had the opportunity to voice their opinion and dialogue with Cardinal Mahony and other attendees regarding immigration reform issues. The dialogues concluded with a pledge, in which attendees vowed to respect the human dignity of immigrants and support social justice.
This event was sponsored by the Center for Ministry and Spirituality’s Social Justice Committee and the Immigration Reform Team, University Ministry and the Diocese of Joliet Office for Human Dignity as part of the Pilgrimage to Vatican II Series at Lewis University. The event was also presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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