The Diocese of Des Moines

Bishop among speakers on immigration panel — 

Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates will call for solidarity and reform of the broken immigration system of the United States during an education forum called “A Church Without Borders” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale.

            Bishop Pates, in his role as chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, traveled to many countries including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, from which children are escaping violence. Hear a personal account of the immigration system, what constitutes the legal entry process and what the Church is doing regarding immigration.

            Joining Bishop Pates will be:

  • Immigration attorney and advocate Lori Chesser, of Davis Brown law firm. She has practiced immigration law in Des Moines for 20 years.
  • Dowling Catholic High School graduate Kenia Calderon, born in El Salvador. She is a sophomore at Drake University and beneficiary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, and the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors).
  • Iowa Catholic Conference Executive Director Tom Chapman. He lobbies state legislators on issues of interest to the Catholic Church in Iowa.
  • Diocesan Hispanic Pastoral Commission co-chair Tom Carney, of Assumption Parish in Granger. He has lived in Bolivia, traveled widely in Central and South America, helped start the sister-parish partnership at his parish and writes a weekly blog on faith.

The forum is sponsored by Catholic Charities Social Justice Consortium, which advocates for comprehensive immigration reform. For more information, contact Bonne Reed at 515-276-6988.