"A Welcoming Community of Faith Rooted in
the Catholic Tradition"
Encompassing the Northwestern Province of the
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota,
Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan and Alaska.
Ministry to Veterans
The Bishop's Dinner
Calls for Action
St. John Evangelist Seminary
Office of Media and Communication
Diocese of the Northwest
Chicago Illinois 60617-8388
Office: 773-721-5383 Fax: 773-721-2581
Chicago, Illinois - For Immediate Release
Calls for Ecumenical Support
for the mission of
Illinois Coalition for
Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Bishop James Alan Wilkowski, Evangelical Catholic
Bishop for the Diocese of the Northwest calls upon all people of
good will and faith to support the work of the Illinois Coalition
for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
It is regrettable that another religious jurisdiction has elected to
dispense themselves from modeling the example of the Good Samaritan
in assisting those who are desperately in need due to the advocacy
of the ICIRR for gender common couples to realize marriage equality.
The mission and objectives of the ICIRR has been and remains
consistent with the theology espoused in the teachings of Social
Justice and Peace.
Christ gave us many examples of unconditional love and care for
those in need. For any religious jurisdiction to turn their
institutional backs towards those who suffer from marginalization
and oppression is an act of turning their back on Christ Himself.
Bishop Wilkowski calls upon all peoples to fill the void resulting
from this act of marginalization.
William R. Morton
Director of Media and Communication
“A Welcoming Community of Faith Rooted in the Catholic Tradition”