The January 2015 issue of OUT OF POVERTY… starts with the “Voice of the Poor Prayer” and a reflection on the “Spirit of St. Vincent de Paul”, from a wonderful talk by Fr. John Allt, during the Tucson Vincentians’ retreat at St. Rita in the Desert, in Vail, AZ.
“Voice of the Poor Advocacy in 2015” is an invitation to Vincentians to leverage the strength given us by our faith to work more assertively on the issues affecting the people we serve and to make poverty the key issue of the 2016 Presidential Elections, as our national president, Sheila Gilbert, has asked us to do. “Be Still and Know that I am God” is a meditation by Jack Murphy concluding that after having done everything we can in advocacy with the tools that we have available, we must remember to: “Be still and know that I am God!”, i.e. let God do the rest!
This first week of January is National Migration Week. Because it comes so soon after the Christmas season, its timing is challenging for parishes and SVdP conferences. That should not discourage us from organizing appropriate events on Immigration at any other point during the year. “Executive Action on Immigration” talks about the recent humanitarian relief given to migrants who have been in this country for a long time. All Catholic groups reacted positively to the President’s Executive Action, and continue to advocate for a full Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “Preventing Homelessness” talks about the invaluable contribution by the St. Vincent de Paul conferences across the country in keeping people in their homes, through rental and utility assistance.
On Page 12, there are announcements about the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering and the Social Action Summer Institute, two national meetings, of interest to Vincentians. Page 13 includes valuable information on the 2015 medical insurance open enrollment period, with a fun video explaining the process.
In the “News from the Western Region”, we included brief updates from Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative