- A Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
- Aniedi Okure, OP Moving On
- Brazilian Apostolate
- Scalabrini Study Days
- Fifth National Haitian Apostolate Priests Retreat
- Bishops Invite Lay Catholics to Answer Survey
- African Women Religious Meeting
- Welcoming Sudanese Arrivals
- MRS Combining Meeting - February 2001
- Consultation on Convocation 2003 for Asian and Pacific Communities
- Our Lady of China at the Basilica
- Asian Pastoral Experience in 2002
- World Youth Day 2002
- Update: Implementation Plan for Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity
- Circus and Traveling Show Ministries: Annual Meeting Focuses on Mission
- Parish-Based Circus Presentations
- Migrant Farmworker Ministry Keeps Growing
- XXII SEPI Migrant Ministry Retreat Attracts National Participation
- Available Resources
- MRS/PCMR National Consultant Named Bishop
- National Catholic Conference of Airport Chaplains Annual Conference
- Pope John Paul II's Message on the World Day of Peace 2001
- The Apostleship of the Sea
- CCHD Honors Sister for Work with Immigrant Women
- Check Out These Websites
- Upcoming Events
In the beginning days of Lent, the Gospel selection is read in which St. Matthew portrays Jesus coming in glory to judge the nations. The basis of the judgement is response to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the sick, the prisoner. As Lent progresses, we read the Gospel accounts of Jesus Himself and His mother, the perfect disciple, passing through the same states of suffering mentioned in Matthew 25. When Jesus identifies Himself with those who are suffering at the present time, the identification comes from His past experience as "a man of sorrows and acquainted with infirmity" and as the Risen Lord Who is alive and present now in a special way in all those who suffer as He did.
What Jesus and Mary bring to the suffering is a heart full of love. Victims of unjust and oppressive structures, condemned by the blindness and obtuseness of political and religious leaders, suffering from wanton violence and cruelty, Jesus and Mary kept believing in the power of a loving God. Jesus kept holding out forgiveness to his persecutors, salvation to the good thief, total commitment to the Father's will. In the darkness of the hill of Calvary, Jesus and Mary and John and the group of women under the cross formed a community of light which eventually overcame the darkness and became the source of life and light for people in all generations suffering as Jesus did.
In our ministry with refugees, immigrants, migrants and other people on the move, we daily encounter people passing through the great sufferings of the poor of the world. At times they cry from the depths of their suffering as Jesus did from the cross, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" It is through our pastoral teams, our communities dedicated to service of those on the move, that we can bring the light of Christ the Risen One to those passing through such darkness. To those convicted unjustly or serving lifelong sentences because of harsh laws, to mothers whose hearts ache because of the loss or imprisonment of their children, to those living in fear of capture or deportation, to those whose hearts are hardening because of loneliness and dehumanizing conditions, we can put before them the example of Jesus and Mary who shared the same fate and turned it into a saving act.
One author described salvation in an existential way as the assurance that God is with me through all my sufferings. I pray that during this Lent and Easter season, all of you may be communities of light and love which help the poor of the world believe with all their hearts that a loving God is accompanying them in their sufferings, that Mary, their mother, is close beside them turning the harshness which can harden their hearts to tenderness and compassion for others.
A Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
Jesus, our brother, in so many ways you lived as one of the world's rejected.
As an infant, helpless in the face of the tyrant's onslaught, your small body was held tight in your mother's arms.
As an adult, unjustly accused, detained in prison, cruelly executed, your limp body was again held tight in your mother's arms.
We pray for today's refugees forced by tyrants to flee their homes.
We pray especially for the children torn apart from their parents.
We pray for the aged and all those uprooted by wars.
We pray for those unjustly accused and detained in prisons.
Hold them tight in your mother's arms.
Let them sense her warm embrace.
Through her, give them comfort and courage.
May your church also be mother to them and lead them to a loving home, a foretaste of their eternal home with you and Mary and all the saints forever and ever.
Aniedi Okure, OP Moving On
After six outstanding years of service as Coordinator for Ethnic Ministry for African Communities, Fr. Aniedi Okure, OP will be leaving PCMR, effective August 1, 2001, to continue the pursuit of his doctorate in Sociology of Religion. Though we will all miss his joyful presence and his dedication, we are grateful for so many years of service.
As of July 1, 2001, the position of Ethnic Coordinator for African Communities will be open. If you or anyone you know are interested and qualified, please submit the name to Fr. Anthony E. McGuire.
In their national meeting in Kearny, New Jersey last October, representatives of the Brazilian Apostolate decided to divide the country into regions with a priest or religious and lay person representing each region. The purpose was to be able to gather leaders of the communities together in more localized regions for more effective planning and to bring to the national meeting greater input from the regions. These representatives will form the National Committee which will meet with the National Consultant (Fr. Sergio Dall Agnese) for overall planning, discussing the responsibilities of the committee, and preparation and implementation of conclusions of the National Meeting.
The representatives for the North Atlantic Region (Massachusetts, Providence, Connecticut) are Rev. Pedro Damazio and Paulo Silvio, for the MidAtlantic Region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania) Sr. Rita Schneider, ICM and Cleci Cesario, South Region (FL,GA) Rev. Vilmar Orsolin.
Scalabrini Study Days
In the second week of February 2001, the priests of the American provinces of the Congregation of St. Charles met in Miami for ongoing study and reflection. Among the presenters were Bishop Thomas Wenski, member of the Committee on Migration; Fr. Robert Schreiter, consultant on the pastoral letter Unity in Diversity; and Fr. Anthony E. McGuire, Director of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees.
Fifth National Haitian Apostolate Priests Retreat
Twenty five priests involved in Haitian ministry gathered at a South Florida retreat house February 5-9, 2001 for the fifth annual week of prayer and reflection. The retreat director based his talks on the Holy Father's recent letter "Novo Millennio Inuente," emphasizing that the search for holiness must form an important part of all pastoral work. The retreat was organized by the National Center of Haitian Apostolate and drew priests from Massachusetts through New York to Florida.
Bishops Invite Lay Catholics to Answer Survey
You are called to be salt for the earth and light for the world (Mt. 5:13-16). Are there ways that the parish can better help you live out your calling as a lay person better help you connect your faith with your everyday life? The U.S. Bishops' Committee on the Laity wants to hear from you. Log on to www.laysurvey.org to participate in this national survey between now and May 13, 2001.
African Women Religious Meeting
Representatives of African Women Religious in the US will gather in Washington April 20-23, 2001 to discuss, among other things, methods of collaboration and support in their ministries and how to assist in the orientation of newly arrived members.
Welcoming Sudanese Arrivals
Sudanese immigrants across the United States are organizing to assist in the welcome of new arrivals. Prior to the arrival of the Sudanese unaccompanied youth and young adults, Father Aniedi Okure, OP met with Sudanese communities in Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Nashville, TN and Rochester, MN to raise awareness, and generate support for the incoming Sudanese youth and young adults.
MRS Combined Meeting February 2001
The Diocesan Advisory Group (DAG) for Refugee Programs, the Policy Advocacy Advisory Board (PAAG) and the Advisory Board and National Ethnic Consultants for PCMR met from February 20-23 in Baltimore. The meeting was historic in that it was the first gathering for PAAG and the first time that the three advisory groups met together.
In addition to each group meeting individually, the groups met jointly to discuss MRS-wide issues and programs. Notable among such presentations was the update on strategic planning presented by Mark Franken, the Executive Director, and his staff. Likewise, initiatives and programs dealing with the follow up to the pastoral statement were presented to all the groups for their refinement.
The issue of capacity development, both on the diocesan and parish levels, helped give future direction for the advisory groups and consultants as well as for the training programs connected with the pastoral statement. For PCMR, in particular, this would involve an effort to extend the number of diocesan ethnic offices in the regions and the number of welcome committees in the parishes.
The PCMR advisory group was interested in developing more active regional structures; that is to say, in areas where the diocesan offices have had a solid history, diocesan directors would take the initiative to unite neighboring diocesan directors and ethnic consultants to respond to inter-diocesan issues and to work together to extend the ethnic offices in the region.
A highlight of the meeting was the banquet in which the following received the Archbishop Silvano Tomasi Award: Fr. Tesfamarian Baraki (Ethiopian and Eritrean Apostolate) and Fr. John Toner (Circus Ministry) and the PCMR Distinguished Service Award: Fr. Thomas Betz O.F.M. Cap. (Diocesan Director in Philadelphia) and Marina Ocampo (Migrant Ministry for Monterey Diocese).
Consultation on Convocation 2003 for Asian and Pacific Communities
For many years, Asian and Pacific Communities (APCs) have expressed their need and interest in gathering together to learn about each other, to share stories about their immigration experiences, and to share their journey as Catholics in an adopted country. On February 23, eighteen Ethnic Communities National Consultants and Diocesan Directors for multicultural and Asian Pacific Ministries were consulted about the idea of a national Asian Pacific Convocation.
The participants indicated a prevailing need and value for gatherings among Asian and Pacific Communities. Some comments included: the need for a national gathering so that APCs can learn, share and celebrate the faith together; the gathering would be a manifestation of living the spirit of Encuentro 2000, "Unity in Diversity," as well as the soon-to-be promulgated pastoral statement on APCs; regional gatherings must precede the national convocation to reach more communities and prepare for a national encounter; and, with the leadership of PCMR, a task force much be created which will plan the process for the regional and national gatherings.
Our Lady of China at the Basilica
The Chinese Americans of the Catholic faith in the United States will place a mosaic in honor of Our Lady of China at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. If you are interested to learn more about the project and provide support visit the website www.ourladyofchina.org.
Asian Pastoral Experience in 2002
A Pastoral Experience Program in Asia is being planned by the Asian Pacific Consortium of Diocesan Directors involved in Asian Pacific Ministry. The program will include the Philippines, Korea and either Vietnam or Hong Kong. For more information contact Noemi Castillo at (415) 614-5575, Teresita Nuval at (312) 751-8328, or Ruth Narita Doyle at (212) 371-1011 extension 3250.
World Youth Day 2002!!!
World Youth Day 2002: Attention all young adults 18-35!!! Start your planning now for WYD 2002, the International Catholic Gathering for Young Adults (18-35). The Pre-Week Experiences in the Dioceses of Canada will run from July 18-22, 2002. The primary events will be held in Toronto from July 23-28, 2002. This is an incredible opportunity for young adults from all over the world to come together to share their faith and experience with the world. Youth provide their own transportation; all else (food, lodging, public transportation during the week, and registration) will cost as little as $200. Registration will take place in Spring 2001. Check out the World Youth Day 2002 website for more information: www.wydusa.org.
Update: Implementation Plan for Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity
Plans for implementing the bishops pastoral statement, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, have been moving full steam ahead since we last published the Networker. We have distributed over 2,400 copies of the statement and accompanying brochure to a wide network of people including all of the bishops, diocesan directors of various ministries and a broad spectrum of Catholic organizations. Spanish versions of the statement and brochure will be available within the next couple of weeks. The statement has been met with much enthusiasm. Some recent initiatives include:
- the Archdiocese of San Bernardino recently held a workshop on the bishops' pastoral statement as well as the bishops' new Statement on Immigration Reform;
- the Scalabrini Community invited PCMR staff to give a workshop on the pastoral statement and to help generate ideas for implementing the statement in their parish communities;
- the Bishop of the Diocese of Erie has appointed a special director for all efforts related to the implementation of the Pastoral Statement;
- the Archdiocese of Los Angeles plans to make "Welcoming the Stranger Among Us" the theme of their annual national training symposium Building Inclusive Communities (August 2001);
- the Diocese of Little Rock has requested PCMR's assistance to plan a workshop on the pastoral statement for their diocesan priests' convocation in the Spring of 2002.
Bishops from all dioceses in the region will be invited to attend the regional trainings and to send three to five additional diocesan staff members. We believe our PCMR network is essential to the success of this training program; members of our network will be invited to participate on the planning team and to be speakers, panelists and facilitators for the training. The pilot training program will take place in New England in November of this year. Additional trainings will take place throughout 2002 and into 2003. More information on trainings in your region will follow.
We are pleased to announce that the Parish Resource Kits are expected to be published this summer. We will make at least one complimentary copy of the kit available to every parish in the country. We intend to send order forms to your bishops in late spring and will be sure to inform you when the letter and order forms are expected to arrive.
Lastly, we wish to thank our National Advisory Board and Consultants who provided us with excellent feedback regarding these initiatives at our meeting last month in Baltimore. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the PCMR Education and Development Coordinator, Amy E. Newlon at 202-541-5408 or via email at ANewlon@nccbuscc.org.
Circus and Traveling Show Ministries: Annual Meeting Focuses on Mission
In the nine-year history of annual meetings of the Circus and Traveling Show Ministries, the January 4-8 gathering in Sarasota, Florida attracted the largest number of participants. Twenty-one priests, men and women religious and lay pastoral leaders from fifteen (arch)dioceses and representing nine religious congregations met at St. Martha Parish.
The primary work of this year's gathering was to clarify their identity in written form, enunciating their mission and specific goals. After all day small group sessions and plenary sharing sessions on January 5, members presented a clear, one-page statement. One final decision was to change the name from Pastoral Ministers with People on the Move to the Circus and Traveling Show Ministries.
The reward for hard work was attendance at the new Red Unit Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tampa on January 6 and the 2001: A Circus Odyssey performance of Circus Sarasota on January 7.
The highlight of the gathering was the annual Circus Mass at St. Martha Parish where circus producers, performers and workers from the past and present reunited for a time of prayer and sharing. At this Mass, the circus community expressed their appreciation with a commemorative plaque given to Fr. Fausto Stampiglia, pastor of St. Martha Parish, on the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination.
Another goal was to determine the need for a Showfolks Retirement Home for traveling entertainment people and possible fund raising methods. Recognizing that the committee providing this information should be national and industry-wide, the ministries group appointed a "Search Committee for an Executive Committee." Members of this formative committee are: Sr. Charlotte Hobelman, SND, Coordinator of the USCC Circus and Traveling Show Ministries; Norma Cristiani, circus performer and circus family member; Dale Riker, past President of the Circus Fans Association of America; and Nick Weber, circus performer and founder-director of the Royal Lichtenstein Circus.
The Search Committee is seeking information pertinent to the need for such a project, and individuals willing to serve on an Executive Committee which will develop plans to fund, design, construct and maintain such a facility. Comments, suggestions and nominations may be sent to:
c/o Sr. Charlotte Hobelman, SND
Circus and Traveling Show Ministries
United States Catholic Conference
3211 Fourth Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20017-1194
FAX: (202) 541-3351
Sr. Charlotte Hobelman, SND, was invited by the Sodality of St. Raphael Parish in Rockville, Maryland to address their January 23 meeting on the Church's pastoral outreach with the circus and the role of women religious in this ministry. She used a display of photographs, brochures, newspaper articles and materials from the Little Sisters of Jesus, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the Sisters of Notre Dame to illustrate their work. The women generously contributed a free will offering to support the two groups of women religious traveling with the Carson & Barnes Circus and the Roberts Brothers Circus.
On March 8, Sr. Charlotte gave a talk at Holy Redeemer Parish in College Park, Maryland as part of their Lenten Speakers Series on the theme, "Is Life a Circus?" Her talk was entitled, "On the Road with Jesus," a reflection on the commonality of the Christian in the pew and the Christian whose life is constantly on the move.
Migrant Farmworker Ministry Keeps Growing
The fifth pastoral formation course sponsored by the Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network (CMFN) for farmworkers and former farmworkers took place February 8-13 at the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) in San Antonio, Texas. Thirty-two participants from six states received a certificate for their training in culture, evangelization, leadership, base communities and social justice. They attended the Mariachi Mass at San Fernando Cathedral and were the guests of Archbishop Patrick Flores in his home.
Many thanks to the Sisters of Mercy of the St. Louis Region and the KOCH Foundation and other who have given financial support for these pastoral formation courses held every February since 1998. Next year's workshop will be held in San Antonio from February 14-19. For more information, call Celine Caufield at (208) 384-1778.
In order to minimize travel expenses, the Sisters of Mercy are supporting a mobile team composed of former graduates of the course and team members from MACC. Courses are tentatively set for August 30, 2001 in Ohio and November 15, 2001 in Fresno, CA. Training for the implementation of the bishops' statement, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, will be an integral part of the curriculum.
XXII SEPI Migrant Ministry Retreat Attracts National Participation
Thirty participants from as far away as the (Arch)dioceses of Seattle (2), Sacramento (5), Denver (1), Paterson (3) and Rochester (3) attended the annual migrant ministry retreat sponsored by the Southeast Pastoral Institute at Camp St. John in Jacksonville, Florida. Led by Fr. Hugo Canavan, a Carmelite priest serving in Colombia for many years, the participants reflected on Scripture passages related to their life and ministry among migrants working in the United States. The central theme was the importance of Bible study in migrant ministry and fidelity to the practice of communal reflection on Scripture. On Tuesday evening, Sr. Charlotte Hobelman, SND, gave a presentation on PCMR's followup to Encuentro 2000 through its plans to implement the NCCB pastoral statement, Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity. Ms. Nancy Valdivieso from the Legalization Office of the Diocese of St. Augustine provided an update on recent changes to U.S. immigration laws on Wednesday evening. The 2002 retreat is scheduled for March 11-14, 2002 at the same location.
Prayers of the Migrant/Oraciones del Peregrino Multicultural, multilingual prayer books available through CMFN. One is published in English, Spanish, Q'anjob'al (Maya), and Creole ($1.00/each). Other published in English and Spanish ($.50/each). To order, call Celine Caufield at (208) 384-1778 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessed Ceferino Gimιnez Malla "El Pelι" prayer cards and video Contact Sr. Charlotte at (202) 541-3035 or via e-mail at email@example.com for free prayer cards and for information about the video.
MRS/PCMR National Consultant Named Bishop
Pope John Paul II has appointed Father Jacob Angadiath, Director of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago, in Bellwood, as Bishop of the newly erected Eparchy of St. Thomas of Chicago of the Syro-Malabarians and as Permanent Apostolic VISITATOR in Canada.
Fr. Angadiath, born in Periappuram, Kerala, India, was ordained in St. Mary's Church, Palai, for the Diocese of Palai, Kerala, on January 5, 1972. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kerala in 1978 and a Master of Theology degree in 1995 from the University of Dallas.
In 1999, Bishop-elect Angadiath was appointed Director of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Mission in the Archdiocese of Chicago. For several years, MRS/PCMR staff have worked with Father Angadiath in his capacity as the national consultant to PCMR for the Syro-Malabarians in the United States. The staff of MRS/PCMR and our network colleagues offer our best wishes to Father Angadiath on his new appointment!
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has 22 dioceses in India, with 3,400,000 persons. The Syro-Malabarians have mission churches in Chicago and several other cities, with an estimated 200,000 faithful, with 50 priests.
National Catholic Conference of Airport Chaplains Annual Conference
The National Catholic Conference of Airport Chaplains held it's annual conference in North Palm Beach, Florida from January 29-31, 2001. Bishop James C. Timlin of Scranton, Episcopal Liaison to the NCCAC, was unable to attend. At the meeting, Fr. John A. Jamnicky the new USCC Coordinator for Mobility Apostolates, gave a presentation on the new relationship of support and development available to NCCAC thru his position at the USCC.
During the meeting, new officers were elected. Deacon James O'Malley of Chicago O'Hare was elected the first deacon President of the NCCAC. Fr. James Devine of New York Kennedy was elected Vice President; Deacon Donald Kelsey of Atlanta Hartfield, secretary; and Fr. Jack Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh International, Treasurer.
The NCCAC is pleased to announce the development of new airport chaplaincies in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Seattle, Washington Dulles, and Washington Reagan National.
Pope John Paul II's Message on the World Day of Peace 2001
On January 1, 2001, our Holy Father gave a beautiful message entitled "Dialogue Between Cultures for a Civilization of Love and Peace." The message is particularly relevant to those working in multicultural ministries in that it addresses issues of culture, identity, migration, and the need for recognition that we are all God's children. The message is available online at www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/peace/.
The Apostleship of the Sea
The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS) in the United States has recently published a new directory of chaplains. The new directory lists 110 AOS Chaplains at 65 ports throughout the United States and has recently been mailed to all AOS personnel. The Houston Chaplains School, held February 11-23, 2001, was highly successful with nine students.
The AOS and NCCS (National Catholic Conference of Seafarers) are presently working on a new constitution and organization to begin after the NCCS meeting in Corpus Christi this June. The goal is to create an AOS USA membership organization for all Catholic chaplains, seafarers, and ministry support personnel.
AOS Regional Coordinators met in Rome on January 29-31, 2001 to plan for the AOS World Congress that is held every five years. The next World Congress will most likely be held in Rio de Janeiro from September 22-29, 2002. When the date and place have been confirmed, a formal announcement will come from the Vatican.
CCHD Honors Sister for Work with Immigrant Women
Sister Pat Davis, PBVM, received the 2001 Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award for her work since 1994 with immigrant women in the diocese of San Jose, California. The national award is given annually by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops. The award was presented on February 25, 2001 by Father Robert Vitillo, CCHD executive director, during the opening session of the 2001 Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, DC.
Sr. Pat, a native San Franciscan, joined the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary shortly after graduating from Presentation H.S. She earned her degree from the University of San Francisco, served as a teacher and administrator in California and Washington, and also coordinated parish programs of religious education and ministry to divorced and separated people.
In 1984, following in the footsteps of Presentation Sisters founder Nano Nagle who worked with poor Irishwomen, Sr. Pat opened the Learning and Loving Education Center in Morgan Hill, south of San Jose. The Center serves Spanish-speaking immigrant women with ESL classes, instruction in computer skills, sewing, self-esteem and money management. Other programs include health and nutrition and aerobics. Since the Center opened, more than 650 women from ten countries have participated.
Check out these websites:
Visit the new website for the Catholic Migration Office for the Diocese of Brooklyn, directed by Rev. Msgr. Ron Marino. Go to www.catholicmigration.org to learn more about the exciting ministries and services offered in Brooklyn.
The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) works to prevent forced migration, serves uprooted people in more than 20 countries, and responds to the immediate needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants. For more information, visit their website at www.icmc.net.
|Easter 2001||Easter Conference of Vietnamese Women Leaders of Women Religious, San Damiano Center in Danville, CA|
|April 26-29||National Farmworker Health Conference, Caribe Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. For more information, contact the NACHC Education Department at (202) 659-8008.|
|May 3-5||XV National Organization of Catechists of Hispanics (NOCH) Conference, Center for Renewal at Stella Niagara, NY. Celebrate the 15th anniversary and focus on the origins, presence and future plans of the organization. For more information, contact Fanny C. Pedraza at (713) 741-8730.|
|May 15-17||Cross-Cultural Orientation, La Sallette Retreat Center in Attleboro, MA. Focus will be on Legal Concerns, especially R-1 (5/15); Integrating Church (5/16); and Basic/Advanced Orientations (5/17). Final planning meeting will be held on April 19 from 10:15-3:00 at St. Mary's Mansfield. For more information, contact Sr. Marie Prefontaine at (508) 791-7171 x328.|
|May 28-31||European Catholic Airport Chaplains meeting, Brussels.|
|May 31-Jn 3||National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM) Conference, Nashville. Theme: "Prophets and Visionaries in the Church in America." For further information, contact Mr. Gonzalo Saldaña at (404) 888-7839.|
|June 3-6||North American Maritime Ministry Association annual meeting, Corpus Christi, TX. NCCS board meeting on 6/3 and plenary meeting on 6/4.|
|June 4-6||IRSA (Immigration and Refugee Services of America) and YMCA International Services of Houston are co-hosting a conference entitled, "Local Heroes: Supporting Refugee Resilience and Adaptation" in Galveston, TX. Register online at www.refugeesusa.org by May 1.|
|July 19-21||Annual Leadership Seminar for Tongan Catholic Communities, Salt Lake City|
|Oct. 1-5||International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains, Indianapolis.|
|Oct. 5-7||Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network 15th Anniversary Quinceañera Celebration, Wautoma, WI. More information to follow in Network News. Contact Celine Caufield for further information at (208) 384-1778.|
|Sept 10-11||Filipino American Catholic Council Formation at Malvern Retreat Center, Philadelphia, PA|
|Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2002||National Catholic Conference of Airport Chaplains Annual meeting, Tampa.|
|Feb. 10-22, 2002||Port Chaplaincy Training in Houston|