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This six-week course will explore all aspects of immigration: personal, political, economical, moral, and spiritual.
Brigid Clingman, OP Presenter

Brigid Clingman, OP Presenter

Map to free parking at Dominican Center

Map to free parking at Dominican Center


Offered at Dominican Center at Marywood, this six-session course, designed by JustFaith Ministries, offers the opportunity for prayer, reading and reflection about the issue of immigration.  We will explore public policy positions on immigration, the U.S. history of immigration, Biblical concepts and experiences, Catholic Social Teaching and the effects of globalization on economic systems enmeshed in immigration realities. 

An overall view of the topics include the following aspects that affect immigration:

  1. The Contemporary Debate and Public Policy
  2. History of Migration
  3. The Bible and Migration
  4. Foundations of Migration – Root Causes
  5. Migration and Catholic Social Teaching
  6. Human Trafficking

Cost:  $60.00 plus three required books, which will be available in limited supply through Dominican Center Bookstore.

Register: You may register online HERE: or you may register or inquire with aditional questions by phone at the DCM front desk at 514.3325.

Locations: Dominican Center at Marywood (2025 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 - enter free parking lot on Lakeside Drive, NE - a block or so north of Fulton. (Click on map at right to enlarge.)


Mary Brigid Clingman, OP (pictured above and right)  is a member of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Holland MI, and Chair of the Dominican Sisters committee on Immigration. Her involvement in immigration issues took root in the mid-1980s when the Detroit/Windsor Refugee Coalition was established to provide shelter for people passing through Detroit seeking asylum in Canada.

She was a 15-year charter member of the Board of Directors and served as its chair in 1986-88. As a member of the Ottawa County Task Force on immigration, Sister Brigid taught the JustFaith module Crossing Borders in Holland. She holds an MSW from Western Michigan University and an MA in Religious Studies from Aquinas College.

Her compassion for the plight of all immigrants grew stronger from her immersion experiences in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and five months of study in Columbia.

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