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Solidarity and Community Focus of Migrant Farmworker Gathering at Creighton University

Solidarity and Community Focus of Migrant Farmworker Gathering at Creighton University

The Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network (CMFN), with the assistance of the Instituto Cultural de Liderazgo del Medio-oeste (ICLM), hosted the Second National Consultation on Migrant Farmworker Ministry May 24-27, 2007, at Creighton University.

The University pillars at 24th and Calif. Streets were transformed to represent the barrier between the United States and Mexico. "The Wall" was a focal point of morning prayers and the welcoming celebration for the 150 farmworkers and rural immigrants who participated in the National Consultation.

The Consultation gives voice to the experiences of farmworkers across the United States. In many cases this is the most vulnerable population in the country working long hours, for little pay. Yet it is these workers who put food on our table, process our chickens, poultry and beef, plant the trees and work various other rural industries.

The main goal of the Consultation is to assess the present situation of migrant farmworkers and begin to plan how to develop more responsive pastoral ministry with them.

After listening to the challenges, needs, and hopes for the future, the participants made recommendations for future actions and direction.

The hope is that the recommendations will be heard and addressed within the Church Community in the United States through the Bishops’ Conference.
Other organizations, also, will use the input from the Consulta participants for future initiatives with the rural immigrant population.

The Catholic Migant Farmworker Network is a national organization dedicated to pastoral ministry with migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Founded in 1986, the Network operates with the support and collaboration of the Office for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees of the U.S. Catholic Conference. -30-