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September 24, 2021, New York, New York – As the U.S. Catholic Church marks National Migration Week, September 20-26, 2021, Sister Donna Markham, OP, encourages Catholics and all other people of good will to set aside politics and look at the human faces of the immigrants coming to the U.S. southern border.
The U.S. immigration system is broken and conditions at the southern border are “untenable,” in a special way for Haitian migrants enduring difficult conditions in Del Rio, Texas, Sister Donna wrote. But beyond politics, we are called to see the humanity and suffering of the immigrants, she said. “Look into the eyes of those who seek to come here,” Sister Donna suggested in an Op-Ed published in America Magazine. “Try to understand their stories through those eyes. See the fear and hope that coexist in them.”
Sister Donna, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, noted the compassion of staff members of Catholic Charities organizations across the country. “We see the faces and we hear the stories,” she wrote. “And we look daily into the eyes of those in need, including immigrants and refugees.”
Read Sister Donna’s entire article.
September 17, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – Libby Watson, Executive Director of the Adrian Symphony Orchestra, and Bruce Anthony Kiesling, Music Director and principal conductor, open the new season of Weber Retreat and Conference Center’s monthly lecture series with a talk on how the Symphony kept music alive during the pandemic and offer a preview of the 2021-2022 season. The program begins at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2021, in Weber Center’s Common Room.
Upcoming sessions include:
Tuesday, November 9, 2021: Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, Director of the Office of Sustainability for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, and Joel Henricks, Director of Facilities and Grounds, give an update on Motherhouse Campus sustainability projects.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021, Christmas Around the World. Come and share your cultural and family Christmas traditions.
The lecture series is free and open to all. No registration is required. Attendees will be screened for temperatures and symptoms of COVID-19 as they enter and masks are required to be worn at all times.
Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.