Established in 2014, the Fr. Lydio F. Tomasi, C.S. Annual Lecture on International Migration addresses a migration-related topic of pressing concern to faith communities. Fr. Tomasi, a founding member of CMS, directed the institute from 1968 to 2001 and is the founding editor of Migration World Magazine, a bi-monthly review of migration policy issues. He was also editor of the annual volume, In Defense of the Alien, the proceedings of an annual conference held on immigrants’ rights and immigration policy. On January 15, 2006, Fr. Tomasi was appointed Pastor of Holy Rosary Church in Washington DC. He served in that position through June 2013. Since 2013, Father Tomasi has served as CMS’s executive director emeritus. Past lectures have been delivered by Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College and Fr. Allan Figueroa Deck, Distinguished Scholar of Theology and Latino Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
For 2017, the Fr. Lydio F. Tomasi, CS Annual Lecture on International Migration and the Loyola Marymount University Hispanic Ministry and Theology Lecture jointly presented Dr. Maria Clara Bingemer, Professor of Theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC) and Brazilian Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Democracy and Human Development in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
The address was delivered at the 2017 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference on October 12, 2017 at Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles. For more information on the event, visit https://cmsny.org/event/2017-ciii/.