Web site links colleges, aims for immigration reform

By Jesse Gaunce
November 30, 2011

As Catholic colleges and universities recognize the need for a concerted effort regarding immigration reform, a goal for intercollegiate cooperation is in its infancy stage.

Fr. Daniel G. Groody, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and award-winning filmmaker, is aiming to promote a website that will link Catholic colleges and universities together on this issue.

Groody has also worked with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches and the Vatican on not only immigration, but also theology and globalization.

Fr. Groody came to Cabrini on Thursday, Nov. 17 as part of Spirit Week to speak at the Woodcrest Mansion about immigration reform and what he hopes students and faculty will do to raise awareness.

“Keep asking questions,” Groody said. “The three areas where people are making a difference in this area are direct aid, political advocacy and education. Don’t minimize how important being educated on this is.”

In his talk, Groody also spoke about the different levels of the immigration debate as it pertains to theology.

“Migration gives us another way of interpreting the scriptures,” Groody said. “The scriptures give us another way of reading the migration reality. It’s important to make those connections in a sense because we have to ask ‘how do we try to understand what’s happening in the world and what are its connections to the scriptures and how they give us new ways of interpreting life?’”

Groody also produced “Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Journey,” a film that explains who migrants are, why they leave their homes and the adversity they face on their endeavor towards a better life.

 

Jesse Gaunce

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