(ST. LOUIS, MO) – Aquinas Institute of Theology welcomes Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops (CCCB), as speaker for the 32nd Annual Aquinas Lecture, Sovereignty, Solidarity, and Time: Reflections on the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development with Immigrants. Reservations are not required for this free presentation taking place at 3 p.m., Jan. 25, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier College Church Ballroom on the Saint Louis University campus.
“We are delighted to have Bishop Soto as our Aquinas Lecturer next year,” said Sr. Colleen Mary Mallon, O.P., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Co-Director of the Ashley-O’Rourke Center for Health Ministry Leadership. “His passion around issues of justice and immigration dates back to his early days serving as a priest in the Diocese of Orange, California”.
While serving as the Director of Catholic Charities in Orange, Bishop Soto worked untiringly for the safety and human dignity of those who found themselves in precarious situations due to their immigration status. As President of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (USCCB) subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), he has shepherded the campaign’s generous funding of over $14 million in grants to combat poverty and injustice.
“His lecture on the CCHD’s work with immigration promises to help us grow in understanding and clarity about our own responsibilities towards immigration reform. Even more, we hope that this lecture, in the spirit of St. Thomas Aquinas, will help us to ask the kinds of questions that need to be asked. Who is my neighbor and what does right relationship look like in this historical moment? What am I called to?” explained Sr. Colleen.