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Canticle Campus Classes

Canticle Campus is a joint effort within the Franciscan family, both Catholic and Protestant, to establish a central location of education and dialog. Our goal is to establish an online college where knowledge, understanding, and dialog in civility, tolerance and religious freedom (in the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi) are primary. Starting this fall are two classes being offered.

Franciscans Applaud US Senators for Passage of Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON, DC— Franciscan Action Network (FAN) applauds the bipartisan vote on the Senate immigration bill, S. 744. Although the bill is far more stringent on border security than FAN and other advocates had worked for, it retains an earned path to citizenship for several million immigrants, the DREAM Act, some favorable family provisions and protections for workers, refugees and asylum seekers. FAN commends the hard work of the bi-partisan Gang of 8 to produce a final Senate bill and thanks the 68 Senators who voted for it, especially those who took a significant risk in voting Aye.

Clergy Distribute Ashes and Call for Repentance for Broken Immigration System

Clergy and religious leaders from the Franciscans, Interfaith Worker Justice, Church World Service and the United Church of Christ led an Ash Wednesday Service just prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration to call our nation’s leaders to repentance. Franciscan friar Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, of the Franciscan Action Network was among the clergy putting ashes in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of participants and passersby. Fr. Jacek said, “It is a moral failure for 11 million of our brothers and sisters to live in the shadow of our society because of the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. This Ash Wednesday, as we sing in our churches a popular Lenten hymn: ‘We rise again from ashes, from the good we’ve failed to do,’ we call upon our nation to repent, mend its ways and urgently create a clear path toward full citizenship for our immigrant brothers and sisters.”