As in all Vincentians meetings, our newsletter always starts with a prayer and a spiritual reflection. The prayer is the “Voice of the Poor Prayer” as always and the reflection, this month, is on the Beatitudes, with quotes from Pope Francis.
Further down, the November issue of OUT OF POVERTY… discusses the way the Society and Voice of the Poor are involved in public life, with articles on “Vincentian Collaborations (on page 5) and on CapWiz, the “Vincentian Megaphone for Social Justice” on page 13. Comments on the recent elections were the subject of two articles on pages 7 and 8 by David Barringer and Giulio Grecchi, respectively.
“A Pilgrim’s Progress: The Legacy of Thanksgiving” is a beautiful article by Roxane Ramos, included here with permission of the Kino Border Initiative, which links todays’ migrants to the pilgrims of four centuries ago, bringing perspective to migration. The following article, on Page 12, is an update on current Immigration issues, the concerns of the US Bishops and potential remedies.
On Page 15, “Just Wage for the Employees of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul” refers to the Society’s position paper approved in September at the Atlanta National Assembly, on our role as a faith based organization to deal justly and morally with the employees of the Society.
The newsletter includes several announcements on coming events, with links to obtain additional information:
- 2014 BiNational Posada Nogales, Agua Prieta, Yuma (Page 24)
- The 2015 National Migration Week – January 4-10 (Page 13)
- The 2015 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering – February 7-10 (Page 16)
- The Social Action Summer Institute – July 19-23 (Page 16)
The “News from the Western Region”, includes updates from Phoenix, Tucson, Patterson, Sacramento, San Diego, Boise, Portland, Salem, North Sound and Seattle.
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative