St. Agnes Hosts Panel on Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration

September 26, 2018
Fr. E Immigration Panel

On Wednesday evening, September 12th, Father Frederick Edlefsen, Pastor, hosted a compelling panel discussion on Catholic Social Teaching and Immigration in the Parish Hall. Panelists included Father Edlefsen; Ashley Feasley, Director of Policy, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB); Jeff Caruso, Executive Director, Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC); and Gregory McKinney, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS), Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington.  

The event was well attended and helped to shed light on how we as Catholics should approach the issue of immigration and the world refugee crisis.  Panelists offered participants the opportunity to delve deeper into the nuances of and issues surrounding the national debate on immigration reform and the Church's efforts to shape public policy in this area.  They also laid out key immigration issues that the Virginia General Assembly may consider in January, and how the Church "welcomes the stranger" locally, as part of a broad, world-wide effort to "share the journey." 

To learn more about the USCCB's work on immigration, visit  You can sign up for updates at  For more information on VCC, please visit  And to get involved at the local level with MRS, go to  To watch recordings of the evening's discussion, click here.  If you have any additional questions about the event, contact Amber Roseboom in the Parish Office at

Thank you to the participants for their time and expertise.  

The evening was just one of many activities St. Agnes has sponsored to draw attention to the issue of immigration and to "share the journey" with refugees and migrants.  Other activities include donation drives to furnish homes, filled backpacks for refugee school children and more.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Jean Shirhall at