World Refugee Day 2017

After a little bit of a hiatus, I am gonna try to get back to updating this blog.  I am currently in Geneva, where I am spending the summer interning with Franciscans International.  I will be learning about the inner workings of Franciscans International, a nongovernmental organization with general consultative status at the United Nations that … More World Refugee Day 2017

Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Here is the transcript of Pope Francis’ recent Ted Talk. Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless of the hour, I am thrilled to be participating in your conference. I very much like its title – “The Future You” – because, while looking at tomorrow, it invites us to … More Pope Francis: Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! ¡Felices Pascuas! Joyeuses Pâques! I have neglected this blog because I have been focusing these past few months on completing my thesis. But now that I am almost complete, I wanted to take some time to share some photos from the Easter celebration at Saint Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. At the heart of my engagement with … More Happy Easter!

Still I Rise

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my … More Still I Rise

#IamaStranger Campaign

Dear Friars and Friends, By now you are aware of the executive orders that President Trump has recently signed. These will adversely affect immigration into the United States. The moratorium on immigration from certain Muslim countries in the Middle East and the building of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border will greatly impact the lives … More #IamaStranger Campaign

I Was a Stranger and You Did Not Welcome Me

Below is video from James Martin, SJ’s Facebook page in response to Donald Trump’s executive actions which will severely limit immigration into the United States. This action has been the latest in a series of anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and racist remarks from the recently inaugurated 45th President. As James Martin rightly tells us, such unjust laws are … More I Was a Stranger and You Did Not Welcome Me

The World is Still Fundamentally Good

For many of us, the news these past few weeks has been very bleak. Donald Trump’s inauguration has solidified the fact that he is indeed the 45th president of the United States. His recent executive actions, which include approving the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline, putting a moratorium on immigration and refugee resettlement from Middle … More The World is Still Fundamentally Good