Sister Marie Prefontaine, SNDdeN opened the day by speaking about Catholic Social Teaching and its application to immigration, stressing the fundamental importance of seeking out truth. Sister Judy Ward, SNDdeN shared her personal experience at the US-Mexico border, noting the love and compassion volunteers are bringing to those in the most abandoned places. Sister Ellen Dabrieo, SNDdeN spoke to the realities of immigration in Massachusetts and called participants to act by contacting their state legislator about the Driver’s License Bill. These informative presentations were followed by a thoughtful Q&A period, evoking a desire among participants to continue the conversation with family and friends.
The success of this day emphasizes a yearning for safe spaces where adults can come together to discuss the important (and often controversial) issues of our times. The Widening Our Hearts committee acknowledges this need and is working to create more opportunities for learning, conversation, reflection, and service for Catholic adults. These gatherings are enriched by the wisdom and perspectives of our Notre Dame sisters. We encourage you to attend and invite friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors.