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Bishop ordains 12 deacons for diocese

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El Obispo Mark J. Seitz ordenará a dos diáconos transicionales y 10 diáconos permanentes en una ceremonia el día 14 de junio en la Parroquia de San Esteban Diácono y Mártir.

Los seminaristas Gleen Carpe y Apolinar Samboni se convertirán en diáconos transicionales, lo cual es el paso final en su progreso a la ordenación como sacerdotes para la Diócesis de El Paso.

Los que se convertirán en diáconos permanentes son Víctor Acosta, Samuel Bernal, Luis Carrasco, Ricardo Corella, Jesús Cortinas, John Farley, Roberto García, Roberto Guerra, Ray Niblett y José Zaragoza.

Carpe y Samboni iniciaron sus estudios para el sacerdocio en el Seminario San Carlos Borromeo y están terminando su preparación y estudios teológicos en el Seminario de la Asunción / Oblate School of Theology en San Antonio.

Los 10 diáconos permanentes han concluido la preparación del curso de tres años en el Instituto Tepeyac incluyendo la instrucción y práctica en las tareas de los diáconos permanentes.

En el Bautismo, dijo el Obispo Seitz a los nuevos diáconos y a los asistentes, “todos nosotros hemos recibido nuestra vocación como una respuesta al superabundante amor de Dios. Diaconía es, en su primer sentido, nuestra vocación como Cristianos.” Dentro del diaconado hay muchas responsabilidades para el servicio del Señor, dijo el obispo.

“Aquellos quienes aun no están casados dedican sus vidas al servicio como símbolo de la presencia del Reino de Dios ya presente en el mundo haciendo una promesa de celibato,” recalcó el Obispo Seitz. “Éstos son símbolos de esa vida en la cual, como Jesús nos recuerda, la gente no está casada o dada en matrimonio. Otros quienes están casados al tiempo de su ordenación, se comprometen a ofrecer su diaconía como parte del tiempo de su matrimonio y de su familia. Algunos diáconos van a servir en parte a través de su trabajo en el mundo. Otros quienes ya están retirados dedicarán su tiempo al servicio de las parroquias. Nuestros dos diáconos transicionales, Gleen y Apolinar, continuarán sus estudios y su experiencia en las parroquias.”

Originario de Las Filipinas, Carpe comenzó a pensar en la posibilidad de convertirse en sacerdote “a la edad de diez años,” dijo en respuesta a un cuestionario. Era monaguillo entonces.

Samboni también dijo que él fue inspirado hacia el sacerdocio cuando era monaguillo y observaba la labor de los sacerdotes en su ciudad nativa Bolivar, Colombia.

Carpe está avanzando sus estudios en español este verano en el Programa Cirimex en Guadalajara, México. Samboni continuará su trabajo pastoral este año en la Parroquia de la Santísima Trinidad. Ambos graduarán del Seminario de la Asunción en diciembre.

El Obispo Seitz ha anunciado las siguientes asignaturas a partir del 14 de junio para los nuevos diáconos permanentes:

Víctor Acosta, Parroquia de San Rafael; Sam Bernal, Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua; Luis Carrasco, Parroquia de Corpus Christi; Ricardo Corella, Parroquia de Santo Tomás de Aquino; Jesús (Carlos) Cortinas, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; John Farley, Parroquia de San Lucas; Roberto García, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Fabens y Santa Rita en Tornillo; Roberto Guerra, Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón; Ray Niblett, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Valle; y José Zaragoza, Parroquia de Cristo Rey.

El obispo ha anunciado nuevas asignaturas a partir del 20 de junio: Diácono Juan Álvarez, Parroquia de San Pío X; Diácono William Reyes, Catedral de San Patricio; Diácono Ignacio Torres, Parroquia de la Santísima Trinidad; y el Diácono Gus Rodríguez, Parroquia de San Pablo.

También a partir del 20 de junio, la Hermana Margie Silguero, MJMJ, será la coordinadora parroquial en Marfa y Valentine.

Hay 32 diáconos permanentes activos que sirven a la Diócesis de El Paso y tres diáconos permanentes retirados.

 

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Candididates for ordination as permanent and transittional deacons, stand during ceremonies June 14 in St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Parish.

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Bishop Mark Seitz ordains Jesus (Carlos) Cortinas as a permanent deacon.

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Bishop Seitz delivers the ordination sermon.

 

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Candidates for ordination as deacon, prostrate themselves before the altar at St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, Parish Church, June 14, during the ordination conducted by Bishop Mark J. Seitz.

 

 

 

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Two transitional deacons, Apolinar Samboni, above, and Gleen Carpe, will continue their preparation for the priesthood during the coming year.

 

 

 

Independence Day celebrates human rights

This month we celebrate the annual feast of our nation’s independence. The Declaration of Independence issued on July 4, 1776 had a profound effect upon the world at that time and the changes it initiated extend to each of us today. Who

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can imagine how different our world would be if those courageous people had not gathered that hot summer in Philadelphia. What further enslavement might the world have experienced had England’s often arbitrary manipulation of the colonies been tolerated? The inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness which the Declaration so eloquently expresses not only inspired the people of our nation but the people of the world even to this day.

Even within this country groups that did not come to enjoy the full exercise of these inalienable rights have been moved to seek them –groups such as African Americans, Native Americans and women. In our own day this document has given inspiration to those who recognize that to deny these rights to children in their mothers’ wombs is a horrible affront to these inalienable rights. It is an affront which threatens the foundation of every other human right.

Who could also forget as we recall the founding of our nation that we began as a place of refuge for people who were persecuted in their homelands for their religious beliefs and for many other reasons. In our founding documents we recognized the fundamental dignity of every person, no matter their origin. In this day that openness to others who in desperation are seeking a new home must be kept alive or we risk losing something essential to our character as a nation.Coat

Given the tremendous importance of the event we have been celebrating it is with some regret that I note that the Fourth of July has become for many just another holiday, an opportunity to get some time off, to cook out and to see the fireworks. Patriotism is a virtue which, like any other, we need to pass on to our children. It involves an appropriate love for our country and our community –not a love that is blind to faults, not a love that fails to recognize a responsibility that goes beyond borders and community ties. Rightly understood, patriotism involves a dedication to the continued pursuit of the universal principles upon which our country was founded.

It was in support of these beautifully enunciated principles that our founding fathers unconditionally committed themselves. Above their signatures they wrote,

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Many of them ratified that contract with their blood, as have so many courageous men and women right up to our own day. July 4th is more than a summer holiday. It is an opportunity to renew in ourselves and plant in our children a firm commitment to these same enduring, God-given rights.

 

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El Día de la Independencia celebra los derechos Humanos

Este mes celebramos la fiesta anual de la independencia de nuestra nación. La Declaración de Independencia emitida el 4 de julio de 1776 tuvo un profundo efecto en el mundo en aquel entonces y los cambios que esta provocó se extienden

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hasta nosotros hoy en día. ¿Quién iba a imaginarse lo diferente que sería nuestro mundo si aquellas valientes personas no se hubieran reunido aquel caluroso verano en Filadelfia? ¿Qué posible esclavitud hubiera vivido el mundo si se hubiera

tolerado la frecuente manipulación arbitraria de Inglaterra? Los inalienables derechos de la vida, la libertad y el derecho a procurar la felicidad que la Declaración lo expresa tan elocuentemente no solo inspira a la gente de nuestra nación sino a la gente de todo el mundo hasta este día.

Aun dentro de los grupos de este país que no llegaron a disfrutar el pleno ejercicio de estos derechos inalienables han sido motivados a procurarlos-grupos tales como los Afro- Americanos, Nativo-Americanos y las mujeres. En nuestros días este documento le ha dado la inspiración a aquellos quienes reconocen que negar estos derechos a estos niños en los vientres de sus mamás es una horrible afrenta a estos derechos inalienables. Es una afrenta, la cual amenaza la fundación de todos los derechos humanos.

Quién podría olvidar cómo se establecieron los cimientos de nuestra nación que iniciamos como un lugar de refugio para la gente que era perseguida en sus patrias por creencias religiosas y por muchas otras razones. En nuestros documentosCoat de la fundación reconocemos la dignidad fundamental de toda persona, sin importar su origen. En este día esa apertura debe permanecer viva a otros quienes en su desesperación están buscando un nuevo hogar, o nos arriesgamos a perder algo tan esencial para nuestro carácter como nación.

Dada la tremenda importancia del evento que hemos estado celebrando es con pena que he notado que el Cuatro de Julio se ha convertido para muchos solamente en un día festivo, una oportunidad para descanso del trabajo, para cocinar algo afuera y ver juegos pirotécnicos. El patriotismo es una virtud que, al igual que otra, necesitamos transmitirlas a nuestros hijos. Implica un amor apropiado por nuestro país y nuestra comunidad-no un amor que se ciega a las fallas, no un amor que falla al reconocer la responsabilidad que va más allá de las fronteras y de los lazos de la comunidad. Entendido correctamente, el patriotismo implica una dedicación a procurar de forma constante los principios universales sobre los cuales éste país fue fundado.

Fue en apoyo a estos bellamente enunciados principios con los que nuestros padres fundadores se comprometieron incondicionalmente. Sobre sus firmas escribieron:

“Y para el apoyo de esta Declaración, con una firme dependencia en la protección de la divina Providencia, mutuamente nos prometemos a nosotros mismos nuestras Vidas, nuestras Fortunas y nuestro sagrado Honor.”

Muchos de ellos ratificaron ese contrato con su sangre, como lo han hecho algunos hombres y mujeres valientes hasta nuestros días. El 4 de julio es mas que un día de asueto en verano. Es una oportunidad de renovar en nosotros mismos y de plantar en nuestros niños un firme compromiso con estos mismos derechos perdurables, otorgados por Dios.

 

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Bishop, DMRS staff to take part in National Migration Conference

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WASHINGTON—El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz and six members of the El Paso Diocese Migration and Refugee Service staff will attend the 2014 National Migration Conference.

“This is a training conference for our staff,” said Melissa Lopez, DMRS director, and some of the El Paso staff will take part in visiting members of Congress to encourage immigration reform.

The conference, scheduled July 7- 10, in Washington, is organized by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS).

This year’s conference theme is ‘In Faith, In Solidarity, In Service’

Conference participants will address challenges faced by refugees, migrants, and trafficking victims

The conference will focus on the Catholic Church’s response to the challenges and hardships refugees, immigrants, migrants, trafficking victims, and other persons on the move face in the United States and throughout the world. One of the primary goals is to increase public awareness on migration questions and to educate public policymakers and those interested in related migration issues. The conference also aims to develop and strengthen diocese and parish capacity to welcome and provide hospitality to newcomers and their families.

“There is a very real possibility that Congress could pass immigration reform this year. This summer’s National Migration Conference gives us a real opportunity to stimulate that conversation,” said Ambassador Johnny Young, executive director of the bishops’ Migration and Refugees Services.

Speakers and guests include Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington; Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and Ambassador Luis deBaca, ambassador-at-large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department.

Synod document paints picture of church struggling to preach Gospel

By Francis X. Rocca

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family.

The 75-page “instrumentum laboris,” published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed to “provide an initial reference point” for discussion at the synod, whose theme will be the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”

The document is based principally on comments solicited in a questionnaire last November from national bishops’ conferences around the world.

Topics in the working document include some of the most contested and controversial areas of Catholic moral teaching on the family, including contraception, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, premarital sex and in vitro fertilization.

Bishops’ conferences responding to the questionnaire attributed an increasing disregard of such teachings to a variety influences, including “hedonistic culture; relativism; materialism; individualism; (and) the growing secularism.”

Recognizing that most Catholic couples do not follow the church’s teaching against the use of artificial birth control, the document says that “for many Catholics the concept of ‘responsible parenthood’ encompasses the shared responsibility in conscience to choose the most appropriate method of birth control.”

The document says the use of natural family planning, condoned by the church, encourages responsible decisions about family size while respecting human fertility and “the dignity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife.”

The bishops see a need for better teaching of “Christian anthropology,” the document states. Noting that contemporary culture dismisses or misunderstands theories of “natural law,” which seek to “found human rights on reason,” bishops increasingly prefer to invoke Scripture in support of Catholic moral teaching. The document also points to economic factors behind Catholics’ disregard of that teaching:

Bishop announces priest assignments in El Paso Diocese

 

 

Bishop Mark J. Seitz makes a point during a press conference May 29 at which he discussed assignment of priests in the diocese of El Paso.

Bishop Mark J. Seitz makes a point during a press conference May 29 at which he discussed assignment of priests in the diocese of El Paso.

 

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Bishop Mark J. Seitz announced a large number of priest assignments for the Diocese of El Paso at the end of May. The new assignments will be taking effect during the summer.

At a press conference May 29, Bishop Seitz noted that some priests in the diocese have been serving a parish for as many as 26 years.

“Normally priests move more frequently, but for whatever reason that has not been the case in many instances here,” he said. Each priest will be assigned to a new post for six years, he said, with the option for a six-year renewal.

“Certainly there will be grieving to be done on the part of many,” Bishop Seitz said, “and my heart goes out to all who are saying farewell to their beloved priests.At the same time I am convinced that this experience of change is one that God can richly use in the lives of us all. The truth we Christians understand deeply is that we are all just passing through. There is only One who is always the same, ‘yesterday, today and forever’; only One in whom we ought to place all our hope. While each human being can reveal him in a certain unique and wonderful way, no one human being can reveal the fullness of Christ. We each present a feeble facet of Christ. Only when we discover him in many faces will his true and complete portrait begin to emerge.”

The bishop urged “those who are saying farewell to their priests not to make their departure more difficult by asking them why they must leave. Express your love and gratitude to them and let them go to their new mission. Then prepare to welcome the new servant of God who comes into your midst. Adopt him as well into your parish family!”

New priest assignments are:

Effective June 20.

Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas, St. Mark

Father. Antonio Mena, Corpus Christi

Father Raul Trigueros, San Pedro y San Pablo

Father Rolando Fonseca, San Juan Diego and Dell City, Assistant

Vocations Director

Father Celimo Osorio, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fabens y Santa Rita, Tornillo

Father Ken Ducre, Christ the Savior.

Father Robert Kobe, Our Lady of Peace, Alpine, and vicar forane for St. Luke and St. Mark vicariates

Father Wilson Cuevas, St. Pius X.

Father Esteban Sescon, Sacramental Minister, St. Mary, Marfa and Sacred Heart, Valentine

Father Jose Vera, OFM, parish administrator of San Francisco Xavier Franciscans from Our Lady of Guadalupe, caring for All Saints

Father Saul Pacheco, additional duty as sacramental minister of Santa Teresita at Fort Hancock.

Effective July 11:

Father Mike Alcuino, Santa Teresa, Presidio and Missions

Effective July 28:

Father James Hall, St. John, Monahans

Father. John Lucido, retiring and will help out in Kermit

Effective Aug. 1

Father Ed Roden-Lucero, St. Thomas Aquinas Fraternity of St. Peter, Immaculate Conception

Bishops deal with religious liberty, politics, support for family life

By Carol Zimmermann

Catholic News Service

NEW ORLEANS — During their June 11-13 spring general assembly in New Orleans, the nation’s Catholic bishops voted to extend their Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty and to approve work on a limited revision of their quadrennial document aimed at guiding Catholics in election decisions.

They also were urged to promote and support Catholic families by paying close attention to the upcoming synod on the family at the Vatican and to promote the World Meeting of Families next year in Philadelphia.

The bishops heard about the progress made and the work that still needs to be done on efforts to protect children from sexual abuse. They received a report about their aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines and were advised about the work being done to make sure religious educational materials conform to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Prior to the vote on a three-year extension of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, its chairman, compared the body’s work to the “humble beginnings of the pro-life movement.” The ad hoc committee was formed in 2011 and the “need for its sustained work is at least as great as when it started,” he told the bishops.

Another item the bishops unanimously approved was a limited revision of the 2007 statement “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” and the draft of a new introductory note for it. The revision and draft will be presented for a vote by the U.S. bishops at their annual fall assembly in November.

The bishops also voted to permit the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations to seek a renewed recognitio, or approval, from the Vatican for the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. Vatican approval to the text would be for another five-year term.

A report by the bishops’ national advisory council called the bishops effort to defend marriage “an urgent priority.”

The report emphasized an agreement with issues on the bishops’ agenda for the spring meeting and also urged the bishops to develop materials to help dioceses address “how it cares for those in pain” and alienated from the church.

The group asked the bishops to continue to review the federal government’s Common Core State Standards initiative and to consider more diocesan programs to help men to get more involved in the church.

A report by the National Review Board, which monitors dioceses’ performance in dealing with sexually abusive priests and creating a safe environment for children, said progress has been made but much work still needs to be done.

In a report on the work of the Subcommittee on the Catechism, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Connecticut, and chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, noted how the bishops’ subcommittee reviews 25,000 pages of religious education materials a year to determine if they conform with the catechism.

He said that just as the bishops developed high school catechetical materials they should now focus similar efforts on a curriculum format for primary grades.

 

 

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Bishops attending the spring conference of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans, join in singing a hymn at the conference opening.

 

 

 

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Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop Paul D. Sirba of Duluth, Minn., center, and other bishops read from an iPad during the meeting. (CNS photos/Bob Roller)

 

 

Church strives to aid migrants fleeing violence in Central America

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El Paso Bishop Mark J. Seitz called on U.S. leaders to meet the swelling number of families and children appearing at the nation’s southern border with compassion.

In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee June 25 in Washington, Bishop Seitz said the rise of the number of children crossing the U.S.- Mexico border represents a”test of the moral character” of the nation. “We must not fail this test,” he added. “We must not turn our back on them.”

Since October, more than 52,000 unaccompanied children, the large majority from the countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, have crossed into the United States. Many are fleeing violence from organized criminal networks in their communities.

The bishop had visited Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in November to get an up-close look at the circumstances leading to the growing number of children and families leaving those countries for the United States.

In his testimony, Bishop Seitz provided several recommendations for the immediate care of the children and long-term solutions to the issue.”Over the long-term, there must be a concerted effort to address the root causes of this exodus, specifically the rampant violence in the region,” Bishop Seitz said.

Bishop Seitz tells Congress that situation is ‘test of moral charaacter’ of nation

“As part of this effort, humane reintegration practices and prevention programs investing in youth should complement anti-violence efforts.”

Bishop Seitz urged Congress to cooperate on the issue, not to politicize it.”This issue should not be viewed as an occasion for political posturing, but as an opportunity for bipartisan cooperation,” he said.

At an El Paso press conference prior to his trip to Washington, Bishop Seitz said “As we were told on our trip to those countries,” he said,”the migrants are not simply leaving their homes, they are fleeing.”

“By the grace of God,” he said, “I hope that my testimony will help to reach the hearts of these leaders to overcome the fear and political paralysis that prevents us from responding as the compassionate nation we are.” While national focus was on the rising tide of unaccompanied migrant children coming to the United States, the El Paso community in June was preparing to care for the migrant family units being sent to the city by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials called on Annunciation House, an El Paso migrant refuge, to provide care for the migrant families who ICE has been unable to process and house in South Texas or Arizona, Ruben Garcia, Annunciation House director told a press conference June 9.

The migrants are primarily from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, they said.

Garcia stressed that “no unaccompanied children are being released,” and that the migrants sent here are still subject to immigration review and possible deportation.

They are are required to report to federal immigration authorities wherever they happen to be in two weeks, he emphasized.

El Paso churches, schools and community organizations offered to assist Annunciation House provide help for the migrants, once the word spread June 7 that two planeloads of migrants were being sent to El Paso.

The Diocese of El Paso, St. Pius X Parish, Loretto Academy and Immaculate Conception Parish were among local Catholic entities offering to help house and care for the migrants. The Salvation Army, Red Cross and some nonCatholic churches also offered assistance.

However, a panel of local migrant aid officials said, just about all of the migrants released on their own recognizance are going to other cities across the United States.

On June 7, 270 migrants arrived by plane. On June 14, an additional 270 were brought to El Paso for processing. In addition, more than 40 migrants apprehended in the El Paso Sector of the Border Patrol were also processed.

Taylor Levy of Las Americas migrant assistance center told the press that the initial group of migrants were leaving to be with relatives and friends across the United States—”New York, Ohio, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere.”

Garcia told the Rio Grande Catholic that that trend has been continuing with additional arrivals.

Dr. Patrick Timmons, who has researched migration trends from Latin America, told the press that the situation has been growing for more than 30 years, so many of the arrivals already have relatives or friends in the United States.Before, people came to the United States to escape poverty, Timmons said.

“Today they come because the violence, gangs and cartels in their home countries makes it impossible to survive.”

Garcia said Annunciation House has been assisting migrants for 30 years, and has experienced conflicts at times with immigration authorities. But in this case, he said, “they are trying to see that these arrivals receive the treatment they deserve as human beings.”

National attention has been focusing on the children coming to the United States alone from Mexico and Central America.

As the federal government struggles to care for an unexpected influx of children caught trying to cross the border without a parent or guardian, dioceses and social service agencies where the minors are passing through are trying to provide assistance.

Andy Sparke of the Rio Grand Grande Catholic and Patricia Zapor of Catholic News Service contributed to this report

 

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Migrants, consisting of mostly women and children, disembarked from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bus, and wait for a Greyhound official to process their tickets to their next destination at a bus station in Phoenix May 29. (CNS photo/Samantha Sais, Reuters)

 

 

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Tyler Levy of Las Americas Immigrant Center, Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House, and Dr. Patrick Timmons lead a press conference June 9 on the influx of migrant families to El Paso.( Rio Grande Catholic Photo / Andy Sparke)

 

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This handout photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas. (CNS photo courtesy Reuters)

 

 

 

 

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Texas bishop addresses House Judiciary Committee about crisis of unaccompanied children entering U.S.Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, addresses the House Judiciary Committee in Washington June 25. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

 

 

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La Iglesia se esfuerza en ayudar a los inmigrantes que huyen de la violencia en América Central

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El Obispo Mark J. Seitz pidió a líderes de Estados Unidos tratar con compasión al gran número de familias y de niños que han llegado a la zona fronteriza del sur de la nación.

Dando un testimonio ante el Comité Judicial de la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos el 25 de junio en Washington, el Obispo Seitz dijo que el incremento en el número de niños que cruzan la frontera de Estados Unidos con México representa una “prueba moral del carácter” de la nación. “No podemos fallar en esta prueba,” agregó. “No podemos darles la espalda.”

Desde octubre, más de 52,000 niños sin la compañía de un adulto, en su gran mayoría procedentes de los países de El Salvador, Honduras y Guatemala, han cruzado a Estados Unidos. Muchos están huyendo de la violencia de las redes del crimen organizado en sus comunidades.

El obispo ha visitado Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador en noviembre para ver de primera mano las circunstancias que provocan que este creciente número de niños y familias siga en aumento de abandonar sus países para venir a Estados Unidos.

En su testimonio, el Obispo Seitz proporcionó varias recomendaciones para el cuidado inmediato de niños así como también soluciones a largo plazo para resolver la situación. “A largo plazo, debe ser concertado un esfuerzo para resolver desde sus raíces, las causas de éste éxodo, específicamente la incontrolable violencia en esa región,” dijo el Obispo Seitz.

 

El Obispo Seitz dice al Congresso que el situación es una prueba del carácter moral de la nación

“Como parte de este esfuerzo, los programas de prácticas y prevención de reintegración humana que se aplican a la juventud deben complementar los esfuerzos antiviolencia.”

El Obispo Seitz pidió al Congreso su colaboración a este asunto, mas no a politizarlo.” Este asunto no debe verse como ocasión para una postura de carácter político, sino como una oportunidad para una colaboración bipartidista,” dijo.

En una Rueda de Prensa previa a su viaje a Washington, el Obispo Seitz dijo, “tal como se nos informó en su viaje a esos países,” dijo, “los migrantes no solo están abandonando sus hogares, ellos están huyendo.”

“Por la gracia de Dios,” dijo, “espero que mi testimonio ayude a llegar a los corazones de esos líderes para superar el temor y la parálisis política que nos detiene para responder como la nación compasiva que somos.” Mientras que el enfoque fue la creciente oleada de niños menores sin la compañía de un adulto que vienen a Estados Unidos, en junio la comunidad de El Paso se estaba preparando para cuidar de las unidades para familias migrantes que fueron enviadas a esta ciudad por oficiales de Inmigración y Aduana encargados de aplicar las leyes.

Los encargados de aplicar las leyes de Inmigración y Aduana hicieron un llamado a la Casa de la Anunciación, que es un refugio para migrantes, para que proporcionara ayuda a familias migrantes a quienes ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement); responsables de hacer cumplir la ley de Inmigración y de Aduanas no han podido procesar y dar albergue en el Sur de Texas o Arizona, dijo Rubén García, director de la Casa de la Anunciación en una rueda de prensa el 9 de junio.

Los migrantes son principalmente originarios de Honduras, Guatemala, y El Salvador, dijeron.

García enfatizó que “ningún niño sin compañía de un adulto será liberado,” y los migrantes enviados aquí están aun sujetos a una revisión de inmigración y posible deportación.

A ellos se les requiere reportarse a las autoridades federales de inmigración dondequiera que se encuentren en dos semanas, enfatizó.

Las iglesias de El Paso, escuelas y organizaciones comunitarias ofrecieron asistir a la Casa de la Anunciación para proporcionar ayuda a los migrantes, una vez que se dio la noticia el 7 de junio que dos aviones de inmigrantes – cerca de 310 personas – estaban siendo enviadas a El Paso.

La Diócesis de El Paso, la Parroquia de San Pío X, y la Academia Loretto ofreció dar albergue y cuidado para los migrantes. El Ejército de Salvación, la Cruz Roja y algunas iglesias no Católicas también ofrecieron asistencia.

Sin embargo, un panel de oficiales locales de migración dijo que, casi todos los inmigrantes que sean liberados bajo su propia iniciativa irán a otras ciudades a través de Estados Unidos.

El 7 de junio, 270 migrantes llegaron por avión. El 14 de junio, otros 270 fueron traídos a El Paso para ser procesados. Además, mas de 40 migrantes fueron aprehendidos en el Sector de El Paso por la Patrulla Fronteriza que también fueron procesados.

Taylor Levy del Centro de Asistencia para Migrantes Las Américas dijo a la prensa que los migrantes están acudiendo a reunirse con parientes y amigos en Estados Unidos-“Nueva York, Ohio, Chicago, Los Ángeles y otras ciudades.”

García dijo a Río Grande Catholic que la tendencia continua con llegadas adicionales de personas.

El Dr. Patrick Timmons, quien ha estudiado las tendencias de la migración en América Latina, dijo a la prensa que la situación se ha incrementado durante más de 30 años, de modo que muchos de los recién llegados ya tienen familiares o amigos en Estados Unidos. Anteriormente, la gente venía a Estados Unidos para escapar de la pobreza, Timmons dijo.

“Ahora ellos vienen aquí debido a la violencia, a las pandillas y carteles en sus países de origen lo cual hace imposible su sobrevivencia.”

García dijo que la Casa de la Anunciación ha ayudado a inmigrantes durante 30 años, y en ocasiones ha pasado por conflictos con autoridades de inmigración. Pero en este caso, dijo, “ellos están tratando de que estas personas reciban el trato que se merecen como seres humanos.”

Andy Sparke del Periódico Río Grande y Patricia Zapor del Servicio Católico de Noticias contribuyeron a este reportaje.

 

 

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Migrants, consisting of mostly women and children, disembarked from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bus, and wait for aGreyhound official to process their tickets to their next destination at a bus station in Phoenix May 29. (CNS photo/Samantha Sais, Reuters)

 

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Tyler Levy of Las Americas Immigrant Center, Ruben Garcia, director of Annunciation House, and Dr. Patrick Timmons lead a press conference June 9 on the influx of migrant families to El Paso.( Rio Grande Catholic Photo / Andy Sparke)

 

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This handout photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, shows unaccompanied migrant children at a Department of Health and Human Services facility in south Texas. (CNS photo courtesy Reuters)

 

 

 

 

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Texas bishop addresses House Judiciary Committee about crisis of unaccompanied children entering U.S.Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, addresses the House Judiciary Committee in Washington June 25. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

 

 

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Tepeyac Summer Institute serves hundreds of El Paso Catholics

More than 500 Catholics in the Diocese of El Paso signed up for classes in this year’s Summer Institute offered by Tepeyac Institute.

“Be the Sacrament in the World” was the theme for this year’s Summer Institute, with a number of presentations focusing on the Eucharist and its meaning for individual Catholics.

For 26 years Tepeyac Institute has offered courses in theology, scripture, social justice, and spirituality with local and visiting international faculty from major Catholic Universities.

Father Bob Dueweke , Tepeyac directors, said courses offered in June were designed to:

Foster spiritual growth of participants;

Update theology and religious formation;

Assist participants in gaining pastoral skills;

Allowed parish ministers to meet other ministers throughout the diocese;

Served for re-certification ( 8 hours);

With some classes eligible for ministry renewal purposes.

Founded in 1988, Tepeyac Institute has been celebrating its 25 years of service in lay religious formation.

More than 20,000 lay people have received religious formation in Tepeyac courses. The institute is the largest bi-lingual lay ministry training program in the United States.

 

 

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Msgr. Arturo Bañuleas leads his class through a history of “Models of the Church from Jesus to Pope Francis.”

 

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Manny Barrios conducts a Summer Institute course on the Eucharist entitled “Be the Sacrament You Celebrate.”

 

 

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Community leader and dance instructor Rosa Guerrero, leads a class in Martyrs of Americas Hall on dance as a vehicle for praising God, during the Tepeyac Summer Institute in June.

 

Andy Sparke photos