By Scott Wright, CCAO Director

“The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the Beloved Community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opponents into friends. It is this type of understanding goodwill that will transform the deep gloom of the old age into the exuberant gladness of the new age. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of men.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Jennifer Labbadia, CCAO Communications and Outreach Associate

The first Gospel reading of the New Year tells the story of the Shepherds welcoming the child of Mary into the world and sharing the Good News of his arrival. After arriving in Bethlehem, the shepherds encounter the Holy Family in the manger, under Jesus’ rising star.

“When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed” (Luke 2:16-21)


By Rebecca Eastwood, CCAO Advocacy Associate

We are now entering a new year and winding down from various holiday celebrations. If you are anything like me, you have been eating non-stop for the past few weeks, spending time with family members, watching holiday movies, and just generally relaxing.


I belong to a minority indigenous group in China, the Hani. My people’s faith lies in the belief that all creatures have souls and deserve equal respect. The Columban’s endeavors in social, environmental, and economic justice reflect a similar spirituality. Tracing back to my Hani heritage, as the migration intern, I feel even more closely related to the work Columbans are doing advocating for justice for immigrants. St. Columban once said, “A life unlike your own can be your teacher.” Similarly, one of the greatest philosophical...


In addition to gaining more issue knowledge and advocacy skills, one important thing I obtained from my internship with Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach was the chance to explore the idea of human dignity and to contemplate what we can do to protect it. To me, human dignity represents the ultimate tender care for each individual. Throughout my internship, I witnessed the Columban’s work in issues pertaining to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, climate change, and migrants along the...