The July issue of OUT OF POVERTY… starts with a spiritual reading from St. John Chrysostom, continues with an article on Vincentian Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, and another on the “impact that even one person can make”. They all offer material for our personal reflection.
In the ”issue discussion”, there is a report on the humanitarian crisis at our Southern Border with thousands of children and families escaping violence in Central America and apprehended by the Border Patrol. They are very vulnerable and their future is uncertain. VOP Vincentians are helping and continue to advocate for both immigration reform and a compassionate treatment of these migrants/refugees. Three stories provided by Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso at a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee explain the realities these children are escaping from.
An article on helping the homelessness emphasizes that any solution begins with recognizing the dignity of each person caught in such extreme poverty. Restorative Justice is our next topic -- in Delaware, SVdP has been very active in this area for years with inmate’s Conferences in the prisons and emergency re-entry programs run by Vincentians to facilitate a successful return to the community. The Mid-Willamette Council in Oregon is also active in this area. There is much to learn from their experience. Then, a discussion of Part 7 of the Rule reminds us of the sessions on that topic at the regional meeting in San Diego.
In the “news from the Western Region”, we have reports about the Western Region meeting, reports of activities in California and Arizona and information about the new Voice of the Poor Western region website.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative