ACTION ALERT UPDATE

August 19, 2019

Legislative Update: The full Congress will be in session Monday, September 9th.

It is imperative that you contact your Senators and ask them to support HR 8 the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. It passed the House of Representatives, February 27, 2019. Click here for information regarding this bill.

Catholics Take Action

Immigrant Children

“Catholic organizations are coordinating a nonviolent campaign to end the traumatizing abuse of immigrant children and their families by the US government. Local groups from NY and NJ, as well as Cardinal Tobin are planning the next action for Wednesday, September 4th, 10:00 am-12:00pm in Newark, NJ” (Franciscan Action Network)
For additional information, to register to participate visit www.franciscanaction.org

If you are interested in being part of a Lasallian witness at the event please contact Maryann Donohue-Lynch at donohuelynch@fscdena.org

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CURRENT AREAS OF FOCUS

RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
IMMIGRATION & MIGRATION
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Dear Lasallian Family,

In celebration of the Jubilee Year in honor of the Founder Saint John Baptist de La Salle and the Year of Lasallian Vocation, the District of Eastern North America announced this new dimension of our Lasallian mission.

The District’s Mission Assembly issued a call for all Lasallians:

“Continue to safeguard the rights of our children and young, we ensure a culture of non-violence that educates for and cultivates peacemaking, advocacy, and respect for the God-given dignity of human persons and God’s creation.”
— Service with the Poor Through Education: Action Item

Recently, hundreds of DENA Lasallians participated in the development of the District’s Strategic Plan Vision 2020+. Two of the identified goals identified as part of the process were “to encourage attention to Catholic social teaching in curriculum and service activities and to assist Lasallians to learn and practice Catholic social teaching as a catalyst for advocacy and systematic change” (Service of the Poor).

On May 15, 2019, the Feast of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, we announced this initiative from District leadership, the Office for Mission and Ministry, and the Mission Executive Council:

DENA Social Justice and Advocacy
Proclaim the Good News! Be the Good News!

It is our hope that this serves the Lasallian family as a means to engage actively in the call of the Gospel, to build God’s Kingdom of peace with justice, and to promote and ensure the rights of all of God’s children. As we continue to develop our lived expression of mission in this important arena of faith, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

This is a first step, a beginning in a long journey, that together and by association we will walk together.

Peace,

Maryann Donohue-Lynch
Associate Executive Director
Office for Mission and Ministry

Education for Justice Program

The District of Eastern North America has partnered with the Education for Justice Program (EJP) of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. This partnership provides you with access to a wide variety of resources in the areas of:

  • Catholic Social Tradition Principles
  • Social Justice Topics
  • Book and Film Discussion Guides
  • Retreat Topics
  • A Varity of Toolboxes such as the Peace Toolbox

If you are interested in participating in the DENA – EJP partnership please contact Maryann Donohue-Lynch donohuelynch@fscdena.org for information.


Social Justice Calendar

DENA Action Item

Service with the Poor Through Education

To continue to safeguard the rights of our children and the young, we ensure a culture of non-violence that educates for and cultivates peacemaking, advocacy and respect for the God given dignity of human persons and God’s creation.

DENA Directional Statement

Evangelization and Catechesis

There is an urgency today to “set on fire” the Lasallian Catholic evangelical mission within each of our educational communities to do as Jesus did by joyfully announcing the radical Good News that God loves us all and calls us to cooperate in the building of God’s Kingdom.

VISION 2020+

SERVICE OF THE POOR

Develop and adopt an advocacy role for DENA within its mission to be especially for the poor.

  • Encourage attention to Catholic social teaching in curriculum and service activities.
  • Assist Lasallians to learn and practice Catholic social teaching as a catalyst for advocacy and systemic change.

Two areas of focus for our advocacy work - the #RightsOfTheChild and care of immigrant & migrant families. Join Lasallians at a Sept. 4th vigil - more info., take action - https://t.co/hSK9V8qaSD #MigrantChildrenAreChildren #DENASolidarity
@cmsmtweets @franciscannet @FIAnational

Day of prayer for Brother Armin and all those involved in the government case in the Philippines! #ParaKayArminAtChel #DENASOLIDARITY @fscDENA @Lasallian_RELAN @lasalleorg

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