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  • January 29, 2010

    Immigration Ministry: An Ecumenical Opportunity


    Each year at the April Reception for the Friends of the Consortium we have a speaker.
    The speaker is usually a faculty member of a Consortium Institution.

    Two years ago at Washington National Cathedral, Father John Ford of Catholic University spoke on Immigration Ministry. This produced a lively discussion.

    This presentation–now with footnotes and further elaboration–has now appeared at an article in the January 2010 issue of Ecumenical Trends.

    Dr. Ford concludes in part:

    “The needs of immigrants often out-pace the resources–both financial and personal–of a particular church. Yet what a single church can not do on its own, might be an ecumenical opportunity for churches to do together.”

    In his article he mentions 6 areas of need which provide opportunities for ministry together.

    Fr. Ford also mentioned in his email to me that he recalls the magnificent view we had that evening of the Washington skyline from high above in the Cathedral. He also provided a magnificent view of an important issue.