Bishop Gonzalez to Speak at Immigration Rally

September 01, 2006

Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, SF, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington and Vicar for Hispanics, will speak at the national immigration rally to be held September 7, 2006, 4:00 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Bishop Gonzalez, a native of Spain, has worked with the Hispanic community in the United States for nearly 40 years. He will speak on behalf of Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration.

The 140 parishes in the Archdiocese of Washington, which serve 580,000 Catholics in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties, have been sent information about the rally. Parishioners are being encouraged this Labor Day to “remember and celebrate all laborers and to give thanks for the many opportunities that are afforded to us in our nation to work to make a good life for ourselves and our families. In a special way, let us take a few moments to reflect on the contribution of immigrant men, women and children.”

Parishioners also are being encouraged to ask their U.S. Senators and Representative to support “responsible, respectful and comprehensive immigration reform.” The Catholic Church has called for comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the dignity of each person and includes reunification of families, a path to permanent residency and temporary worker programs. Details about the Catholic Church’s position on immigration are online at www.justiceforimmigrants.org.

Contact:
Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
301-853-4515
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