Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States

Immigrant Integration: Assessing and Improving the Collective Response of the Catholic Church in the United States

Event Date and Time April 29, 2015 1:00 pm
Event Ends April 29, 2015 2:00 pm
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Virtually all of the Catholic Church’s signature institutions — its parishes, schools, universities, hospitals, charities, fraternal and sororal institutions, worker centers and others — arose in response to the needs of past waves of immigrants. While the Church’s work with immigrants remains robust, Catholic institutions have not fully pivoted to meet the needs and incorporate the gifts of the nation’s record number of immigrants and their children, most of whom are Catholic.

The Catholic Immigrant Integration Project, an initiative of the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), examines whether Catholic institutions have maintained their special connection to immigrant communities in the United States and how they can strengthen their individual and collective work on immigrant integration. In this webinar, Donald Kerwin, CMS’s Executive Director, introduces the project in more detail and discusses the role Catholic institutions play in fostering civic participation, improving educational outcomes and promoting the socio-economic attainment of immigrants, their children, and their grandchildren. He also outlines a Catholic vision of integration, and discusses the importance of immigrant leadership and participation in Catholic institutions. Mary L. Gautier, Senior Research Associate for the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and a member of the Advisory Group to the Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative, speaks on the growing importance of immigrant and minority communities for the US Catholic Church and the misalignment between the Catholic Church’s institutional infrastructure and new immigrant communities.

Speakers
Donald Kerwin
Executive Director
Center for Migration Studies

Mary L. Gautier
Senior Research Associate
Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

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