Bishop Kevin Vann
In call to faithful service to all whom the Lord sends our way, we remember that there is a name and human story (and often a story of Faith) behind each name and form we fill out , and we remember to always step forward in faith each day in the call and the mission that the Lord gives to each one of us in all of the ways that we are involved with CLINIC to serve “the least among us.”
The Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to go forth and preach the joy of the Gospel. At Pentecost, we recognize this special time to celebrate the missionary call. We are inspired by all who, like you, have heard this call and pursued their vocations, no matter the obstacles on their journey.
Obstacles of immigration status are all too familiar to foreign born religious workers like Sr. Maria. Having crossed the border into the United States at fourteen years old, Maria didn’t have the papers necessary to pursue her calling to religious life.
Dear brothers and sisters of CLINIC,
As we enter close now to the celebration of the birth of Christ, the Church’s Liturgy prays every night the prophetic and powerful “O Antiphons” which sing out the Messianic titles of the Lord rooted in the prophecies of the Old Testament. In these same days, there is another powerful event happening in our midst: “Las Posadas."
As this Respect Life Month comes to a close, we call to mind the hope of the Gospel and the call to solidarity in our Catholic Social Teaching. Amidst the often unhelpful media frenzy of the recent Synod on the Family in Rome, it was easy to miss several discussions specific to the challenges of economic hardship and migration issues in the lives of families. Bishops around the world are keenly attuned to the realities of global migration.
Recently our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has reminded us of the imperative, as the Body of Christ, to “respond to the globalization of migration with the globalization of charity and cooperation” for the 2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
October is upon us and Catholic churches across the nation are observing Respect Life Month. Here in the Diocese of Orange, I have been blessed to encounter so many individuals, groups and parishes committed to upholding the life and dignity of the human person.
Like most of us these days, we are all faced with how to respond in a pastoral way to the humanitarian challenges in front of us with unaccompanied minors coming into our country. I recently visited with a number of these young people with some of our staff members of the Diocesan Pastoral Center here in Orange.
As I have just returned from my time in the Holy Land with Bishop Dominic and the grand gathering of members of the “Neocatechumenal Way,” and the double canonizations of now Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, I turn to the opening words of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans (written short years before his own martyrdom in Rome c. AD 64-67) where he says “To all in Rome, beloved of God and called to holiness, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
As we entered the first full week of Lent, following the Mass and Gospel with the story of the Lord 's forty days in the desert, I was able to chair my first meeting as CLINIC Board Chair at their new offices.
Dear friends of CLINIC,
The month of January, following National Migration week, brings us additional opportunities to reflect on opportunities of pastoral care for our immigrant families.
As we work together in the sometime complicated world of R-1s, F-1s, and so on, there are always individuals and families behind these letters with real needs and real concerns who have come to us because they see us as a family of Faith, the Body of Christ, and they often do not know where else to turn.
We are in the season of Advent, a time of reflection on the second coming of Christ and His First coming at Birth. This a season of preparation, anticipation and reflection on life, mission and Faith. *Presione aquí para la versión en español.