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Who:

All Hispanic parishes of the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to participate in a voter registration campaign that will be coordinated by the Archdiocesan Office for Immigrant Affairs and Pastoral Migratoria (Hispanic immigrant leadership ministry).

What/When:

Voter registration will take place after Mass during the last three Sundays of September and October. Faithful citizenship workshops, as well as training of volunteers to assist with voter registration, will begin in August.

Where:

Host parishes for voter registration and the workshops are currently being identified.

Contact:

The Office for Immigrant Affairs is inviting parishes that are interested in participating or learning more to contact José Torres at 312-534-8103 or jtorres@archchicago.org. Parishes with Pastoral Migratoria agents (who can assist with activities) are especially needed.

Why should the Church participate in political life:

In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. As Catholics, we should be guided more by our moral convictions than by an attachment to a political party or interest group. In today’s environment, Catholics may feel politically disenfranchised, sensing that no party and few candidates fully share our comprehensive commitment to human life and dignity. Catholic lay women and men need to act on the Church’s moral principles and become more involved (e.g. voting, running for office, communicating concerns to elected officials)

Statistics

(source: chicagoelections.com)

  • 24.5% voter turnout for March 2012 primary election
  • 75.4% voter turnout for November 2012 general presidential election
  • 16.4% voter turnout for March 2014 primary election

Campaign Collaborators:

The Office for Immigrant Affairs and Pastoral Migratoria will be working in collaboration with community organizations that are interested in addressing social justice issues, protecting religious freedom, and building leaders with well-formed consciences.

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