Spanish Speaking Catholics in Las Vegas Train for Leadership with Bishop

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170 Catholics from the Diocese of Las Vegas participated in three days of Spanish-language training made possible with the support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Bishop Joseph A. Pepe.   The training took place at Holy Family Catholic Church.


Spanish-Speaking Leaders from Archdiocese of Los Angeles Join Bishop for Training on Habits & Practices of Leadership

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Interfaith Education Fund, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Archdiocese and local organizations One LA and ICON, prepared 76 immigrant leaders in the habits and practices of leadership.  

The two-day training, held at John Bosco Tech High was organized to allow participants to reflect and act on the mission of the church for the greater good of our communities.  Auxiliary Bishop David O'Connell joined the trainees on both days of the course, inspiring many to take next steps to become leaders in their parishes.  

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NCG Plans 2nd Year of Alliance Schools Strategy

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Parents, teachers, principals, and community leaders of Nevadans for the Common Good gathered on a Saturday to evaluate their first year working with Alliance Schools.  They additionally incorporated a training on building a relational culture in schools in order to hit the ground running in the fall!


Leaders from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Learn How to Put Their Faith Into Action

1706_-_CCHD_-_Training_in_Galveston-Houston_-_Cropped_Again.jpgIn Spanish-language leadership development training delivered in collaboration with TMO (The Metropolitan Organization), the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), 78 Houston-area leaders learned about the mission of the church and the responsibility to put their faith into action. 

Leaders drew on Pope Francis’ words for inspiration, from a speech delivered at the 2nd World Meeting of Popular Movements (October 2015):

Quisiera volver a unir mi voz a la de ustedes: tierra, techo y trabajo para todos nuestros hermanos y hermanos. Lo dije y lo repito: son derechos sagrados. Vale la pena luchar por ellos.”  

The training was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Education Fund.


NCLI Teaches "Organizing 101" in No. Louisiana

1706_-_NCLI_-_Organizing_101_Training_2_-_Cropped.jpgNorthern & Central Louisiana Interfaith organizer Lady Carlson teaches "Organizing 101" to potential institutional leaders in Northern Louisiana.


Dallas Area Leaders Train for Leadership, Launch Strategy with Catholic Bishop

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85 Spanish-speaking leaders from twelve immigrant Catholic parishes participated in a three-day leadership development training to prepare to engage fellow parishioners -- both documented and undocumented -- in the formation of a strategy that responds to the interests of immigrants, and the community as a whole.  The training was delivered in collaboration with the Dallas Area Interfaith, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  [In photo, Auxillary Bishop Greg Kelly stands with participants who completed the training.]

Upon completion of the training the leaders committed to working with Dallas Catholic Bishop Edward J. Burns on his newly formed Immigration Task Force, and to organize in their parishes around congregational needs.  

Follow up meetings with clergy, immigration, law enforcement officials and elected officials have been scheduled since the training.

The training was co-sponsored by the Interfaith Education Fund.

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Spanish Training Continues in Tucson, AZ

1704_-_SAI_-_Follow_up_Training_on_Power_-_Spanish.jpgOur Lady of Fatima Catholic Church hosted the Southern Arizona Interfaith - PCICEO Hispanic Leaders group for a training on "Poder."  Twenty-five leaders, many of which attended a 3-day Spanish training last November, discussed power, conducted house meetings and planned for the future with Fr. Vili Valderrama.  Participating parishes included: St. Cyril’s, Sacred Heart, St. Monica’s, St. Augustine Cathedral, St. Christopher’s, Our Lady of Fatima, Sacred Heart, St. John’s and San Martin de Porres.


1704_-_SAI_-_Know_Your_Rights_Training_at_St._John_Catholic_Church.jpgThose who attended the November training are now organizing sessions on immigration and other topics in their parishes, including a Know Your Rights and Citizenship forum put together by the leadership team of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Catholic Community Services (in right photo).  Immigration lawyer Amy Fairchild-Haer dispelled common rumors and answered questions.  Msgr. Raul Trevizo, Pat Alvarez, Sofia Rodriguez and Lorena Santos led house meetings and distributed a “Plan de Preparacion” for parish members.
 

Training was also conducted at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic and St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic churches.

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Rabbi Geller Reflects on 25th Anniversary of Los Angeles Unrest

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"...The experience that night and what I learned in its aftermath changed the way I am a rabbi . It encouraged me to step outside my comfort level and to work with One LA / Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations, when I came to my congregation.  Through One LA we have worked with other faith communities, institutions, and unions, because… in spite of our differences—one group sings, another group eats… we are all in this together...."

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Standing Room Only in Nevada Immigration Forum

1703_-_NCG_-_Immigration_Know_Your_Rights_at_St._Christopher_Catholic_Church.jpgMore than 200 people participated in an Sunday immigration meeting at St. Christopher Catholic Church.  

Leaders German Martin, Rosemary Ramirez, Kathia Pereira and Jocelyn Cortez helped organize and run the information session.  


Leaders Engage 1,000 LA County Residents in "Know Your Rights" Workshops

1703_-_SCEF_-_Know_Your_Rights_Workshops.jpgBetween January and March of 2017, SCEF-prepared leaders of One LA engaged over 1,000 LA County residents through 15 "Know Your Rights" civic academies.  In partnership with Neighborhood Legal Services of LA, leaders educated participants on the the implications of recent presidential executive orders including the enforcement of immigration regulations, as well as the Muslim and Refugee Travel Ban.

"Train the Trainer" seminars have also been organized to teach institutional leaders about the civil and due process rights to which all US residents are entitled, regardless of immigration status.  These sessions  leverage the skills and talents of institutional leaders to further educate fellow members of congregations and schools.  



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