Bishop Kevin Vann
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.