USD to Host 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference

The University of San Diego will host the 2016 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference on November 28 and 29, featuring speaker Bishop Robert McElroy.


 Timely agenda topics include:


Post-Election Review: Implications for Immigration Reform Consistent with Catholic Teaching;

Emergency Responses to Refugees and Migrants;

Migrants and Refugees in Pope Francis’s Vision of Church and Society;

Church Efforts to Welcome, Serve, Empower and Integrate Immigrants


The conference takes place in USD's Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on November 28 and from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 29. 


The conference will also look at the recent emergency flows of migrants from Haiti and the response of faith communities. 


Speakers include Professor Alan Figueroa Deck, a distinguished scholar in Latino Studies and Pastoral Theology at Loyala Marymount University; Dylan Corbett, Executive Director of the Hope Border Institute and Robert Moser, Deputy Director of Catholic Charities of San Diego.


Following the two-day conference, there will be optional field visits to migrant ministries and shelters in San Diego and Tijuana on Wednesday, November 30.  


Catholic Charities of San Diego, the Center for Migration Studies of New York, the Diocese of San Diego and the University of San Diego are the sponsors of the  conference. 


Registration is $75 and discounts and waivers are available. For registration and other information go to

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