This week, Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, marks the annual Lasallian Week of Peace at Saint Mary’s University, organized and sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry.
The Week of Peace is celebrated as a part of the International Lasallian Month of Peace, which brings Lasallians around the world together to support the ideals of peace in all places. This year’s theme will focus on “Immigration: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me’” as it relates to our campus and to the larger Catholic community.
Throughout the week, there will be several events open to the campus that are meant to be opportunities to explore and engage with the theme of immigration. These opportunities include presentations from State Attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Rebecca Scholtz, discussing the legal process of immigration for Central American children during Monday’s “Dine with Divine” event; Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, presenting on Jewish people left in Germany after WWII on Tuesday; and Juve Meza, speaking about his experience at Augsburg University as an undocumented citizen on Wednesday.
“Dine with the Divine” gives students the opportunity to eat, discuss, and learn together.
Photo by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Director of Campus Ministry, Steven McGlaun, hopes that these opportunities will “allow the community to look at the issue of immigration from different angles.” He adds, “Everything we are doing, however, is aimed at one simple goal: to move beyond the rhetoric and the simple answers and focus on the fact that at its most basic level, immigration affects people—real people, people with families, with hopes, with fears.”
McGlaun also points toward Pope Francis’ recent address to Congress, in which he made a point about the importance of considering the immigration cause as a human one. In his address, the Pope said, “We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.”
A full schedule of the week’s events can be found below.
- Sunday, Sept. 27
- Monday, Sept. 28
- Tuesday, Sept. 29
- Wednesday, Sept. 30
- Thursday, Oct. 1
- Friday, Oct. 2
5:30pm: Dine with the Divine – Toner Student Center President’s Room. Enjoy dinner during a presentation by Rebecca Scholtz, staff attorney with Immigration Law Project Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. Sign up in the Office of Campus Ministry or fill out the registration form.
7:30pm: Waiting with Packed Suitcases: The Jewish Displaced Persons Crisis in Germany After 1945 – Toner Student Center Lounge. Presentation by Dr. Kierra Crago-Schneider with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta).
7:00pm: Juve Meza – Toner Student Center Lounge. Meza shares his story as an undocumented student at Augsburg College and the work he has done on behalf of immigrants. He is also the co-founder of NAVIGATE MN, a leadership development program for young immigrant students.
4:30pm: Ecumenical Prayer Service – St. Thomas More Chapel. Representatives of various churches in Winona will join us for shared prayer for those affected by immigration.
12:40pm: Prayer for Peace – Peace Pole