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For Difficult Times, Courageous Choice

At the meeting of the Passionist Inter-provincial Councils, held at Holy Name Retreat Center, Houston, Texas, from February 20-24, 2017, we have had the opportunity to examine more closely the way that our immigrant brothers and sisters suffer the annihilating effects of present policies. We recognize that there are millions of persons, not a faceless mass, but real men and women, especially young adults, who are suffering under deportation, and other millions who because they are Hispanic and Catholic in the U.S.A., are in subsistence circumstances, living in fear and uncertainty for their futures.

Fr. Jim O'Oshea and Reconnect Brooklyn

Reconnect "began on a violence-drenched corner" of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New . Its goal is to create "an entry level economy for young men looking to change the course of their lives. Our mission is to offer employment that leads to renewed engagement of education, training and commitment to community leadership and service."

Fr. Rey Ondap, CP: Taking on the difficult issues in the Philippines

In January 2016, Fr. Rey Carvyn Ondap, C.P. was named Coordinator of the new formed JPIC Commission of the Passionist Asia Pacific Configuration. This young priest takes on a daunting role, but his energy, dedication, and his track record of activism all point to Fr. Rey’s ability to further the mission of the Passionist JPIC: “to “defend the rights of the most vulnerable and exploited sector of the society.” In this new position, Fr. Rey will take on many challenges in Philippine society, such as environmental destruction, banishment of indigenous peoples, and the violation of workers’ rights, especially farmers.
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