DONALDSON – The Lampen Lectures at Ancilla College have dealt with controversial topics ranging from the use of sensual language in religious texts to the realities of human trafficking in local communities. Aside from being informative, the lectures also discuss how these topics affect our spiritual life and our general culture.

“It is important for us to recall our own Christian identity and commitment to the common good; always recognizing the dignity of the human person and see everyone as individuals,” said Albert Escanilla, campus minister at Ancilla College.

The final pair of lectures for the Spring 2017 Lampen Lecture series will continue the tradition of addressing current topics. Part one will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) in Cana Hall, located within the Mother House at the Center at Donaldson. Martha Villigas Miranda, MSSW will deliver her lecture “The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and United States Immigration.” Considering the current debates on immigration on a global level, the discussion proves to be insightful.

On April 19 at 12:45 EDT, the topic will continue with Br. Alan Parham, FSC present, The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and Access to the United States Educational System. While related in topic, they may be attended individually and the public is encouraged to attend.

“The following lectures will address many (immigration) issues and bring in individual stories of hardships and hope,” said Escanilla. “By the end of the day, we should remember what Jesus said, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me…”

The Lampen Lecture series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the PHJC, and the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. Named for Sr. Joel Lampen, Ancilla’s first president, the Lampen Lecture series was initiated by Sr. Carleen Wrasman in 2005.

This series is open to Ancilla students, staff, others in the PHJC ministries, as well as the general public at no charge.

This is part of a two-part Spring Lampen Schedule for 2017 :
March 16, 2017    Part I:  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and United States Immigration
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m. EST

Presenter: Tony Burrell Executive Director of The Welcome Network
The Welcome Network provides resources, spiritual mentoring, and real community to internationally-born residents of Northwest Indiana and South Chicago. Tony founded The Welcome Network in 2014 after becoming aware of a lack of support surrounding immigrant and refugee communities in Northwest Indiana and South Chicagoland. Initially exposed to the tragic circumstances surrounding refugees after having lived and worked in Kosovo from 2000-2003, the unique needs of immigrants and refugees stayed with him. His passion is to help churches, organizations, and individuals network together to meet the practical and spiritual needs of this vulnerable segment of society.

April 19, 2017    Part II:  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and Access to the United States Educational System.
Br. Alan Parham, FSC
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m. EST

You are invited
Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are proud to offer these lectures to anyone who might have interest in attending. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Sr. Jolise May, Vice President of Mission Integration, at jolise.may-at-ancilla.edu or (574) 936-8898 ext. 361.

We look forward to seeing you at the Lampen Lectures.