Friar Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. serves as Chairman of the (JPIC) Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission of Our Lady of the Angels Province.
His ministry hub is located in Washington DC.
Latest JPIC Update written by Fr. Michael:
February 27th was a big day for justice as 40 Catholic leaders, mostly women religious risked arrest as they prayed the rosary in the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda standing in solidarity with DREAMERS and their families.
Hundreds turned out as we started the day with Mass celebrated by Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. and continued the day with a press conference and prayer as we headed to the Russell building. The Franciscan family was well represented, as there were members of all the branches of the Franciscan family tree. FAN’s Patrick Carolan and Sr. Marie Lucey, OSF both were arrested, processed, fined, and released. Bishop John prayed over those to be arrested just before it happened. We Conventuals were represented by Friar Chris Garcia, OFM Conv. (St. Joseph Cupertino Province), with our province friars – Fr. Julio Martinez, OFM Conv. and Friar Michael Lasky, OFM Conv.
Yesterday was a great show of solidarity for Franciscans across the country, as we continue to stand in solidarity with DREAMERS and their families.
There were a wide range of media outlets covering the event, both religious and secular.
Here are some highlights:
EWTN News Nightly (Video)
Catholic News Service
National Catholic Reporter
Religion News Service
Note: Earlier this month, as the arbitrary March 5th deadline imposed on Congress by the President to pass legislation for DACA recipients passed, hundreds rallied at the Capitol.
Although the Supreme Court upheld injunctions temporarily halting the president’s decision to end DACA, this decision still leaves millions of DREAMERS in limbo. We need a permanent solution. We need a legislative pathway to citizenship so DREAMERS are protected from the fear of deportation. We must also find a way to protect their families. We must continue to take action: