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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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‘Posadas Project’ raises awareness of immigration issues; two events scheduled for Spokane

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 4, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Jesuit Father Mark McGregor of Gonzaga University brings an award-winning documentary film and a faith-based national project that focus on immigration and Advent for two Spokane events this month.

Father McGregor is the writer, director and producer of Posada, a 55-minute film about unaccompanied immigrant youth. The film, which won the Best Short Documentary Award at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, will show at Gonzaga Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Catholicism for the New Millennium series.

In addition, Posada had been awarded the Prize for Human Rights and Religion by 2007 Religion Today International Film Festival in Trent, Italy and a Bronze Telly Award.

On Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave. in Spokane, and St. Joseph Parish invite the Spokane Diocese to celebrate Las Posadas and to pray for immigrants and refugees at the Cathedral as part of the national effort called “The Posadas Project.”

The film tells the stories of three unaccompanied immigrant children, comparing their journeys to a Las Posadas, a traditional Advent procession that originated in Mexico in 1588. Translated into English, posada means “shelter.”

This fall, Father McGregor kicked off a national faith-based project that promotes the Catholic Church’s Campaign for Immigration Reform and the local celebrations of Las Posadas across the U.S.

“The project’s overall goal is to help motivate millions of people to participate in Las Posadas this December,” said Father McGregor. “The project also affirms America’s heritage as refuge for immigrants and refugees.”

A grant from Our Sunday Visitor has allowed the Posadas Project to partner this the Spokane Diocese and six other Catholic dioceses by providing a DVD of Posada, web-based resources through the project’s official site (, and financial support to put on and to promote regional celebrations of Las Posadas in Washington in Spokane, Yakima, and Seattle; in Chicago, Ill.; San Jose, Calif.; and Beaumont, Texas.

The Posadas Project also partners with six recognized organizations that work with Latino and immigrants populations, including The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC); The Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas; La Red – the National Directors of Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry; The Instituto Cultural y Liderazgo del Medioeste of South Bend, Ind; and Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Trabajo Cultural Caminante.

Father McGregor and his family moved to the Northwest in 1976. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1984 and graduated from Gonzaga University in 1988. He produced Posada with students and production assistance from Fairfield University, where he taught from 2003-07. Its post-production was overseen by Loyola Productions, Inc. In 2007 he was awarded a fellowship from Santa Clara University.

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