Detention Center Chaplains Gather for Training
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sr. Jodi Min in Oakford Sisters

Chaplains serving in six Homeland Security immigration detention centers recently gathered for their annual training meetings at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua, NY.  The group was comprised of staff members from Jesuit Refugee Service, USA and Church World Service – the groups partner to provide chaplains and religious service programs in detention centers throughout the United States.

Among the group were two Dominican Sisters (one was Sr. Lynn Allvin of the Oakford Dominicans), two Jesuit priests, a Lady of Victory Knoll Missionary Sister, a Franciscan Sister, a Catholic deacon, a Presbyterian Minister, a Pastor of the Reformed United Church of Christ, a Muslim and a 7th Day Adventist. It was a richly diverse group!

During the week of meetings, the chaplains had time to catch up with each other and share about the “highs and lows” of the past year of ministry.

Major topics for the week included:

Mealtimes were filled with good conversation and continued sharing.  Several movies with immigration themes were offered in the evenings and a special trip across the border into Canada topped off the week as the group enjoyed a wonderful dinner in a restaurant that overlooked the Niagara Falls.

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