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Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Sadness, Anger, Grief: Bishop Rickel Responds to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton

Dear Ones, Yesterday, I was just about to blog some reflections on the Camino after being off the trail and home, and that will come… but it seemed so trivial when I received the word of yet another mass shooting in our country. I completely understand why the Mayor of El Paso felt the need to say the words to his fellow citizens, “Don’t worry, we are all safe.” But I had to wonder, how can any of us make

Immigration Crisis: Follow-Up and Additional Resources

Immigration Crisis: Follow-Up and Additional Resources

Dear Ones, The situation involving children, and truly all those seeking asylum on our border, continues to evolve but our office has continued to investigate and inquire and we now have more information to share. Before I do that, I want to say that I have had so many ask what can be done, and what they can do specifically. I continue to put Cristosal on any list when this is asked. I serve on its Board, and have for

Immigration Crisis: Bishop Rickel’s Statement and Advocacy Resources

Immigration Crisis: Bishop Rickel’s Statement and Advocacy Resources

Dear Ones, Like many of you, I was horrified by the report detailing the conditions undocumented children are forced to endure after crossing the border and being taken into federal custody. No matter our political differences, I believe we all can agree as Christians that no child should be subjected to these squalid living conditions. Many of you have asked for ways to provide aid and assistance to the children in federal detention, and while my office seeks to find

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Bishop Rickel’s Statement on the New Zealand Mosque Shootings

Dear Ones, I was deeply saddened by news that two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were subjected to horrific violence when shooters entered these houses of worship during Friday prayers. Several individuals are in custody and police in Christchurch are still investigating the motivations behind the attack. We don’t have much more information at this point. While we wait for more information, I would like to reaffirm our support for our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I urge all people