Sr. Maczka to discuss immigration reform

By The Compass | October 25, 2013

Nov. 5 presentation part of ‘Sisters of Abrahamic Faith’ series at Richard Mauthe Center

GREEN BAY — Sr. Melanie Maczka, diocesan coordinator for Spanish Lay Ministry Formation, will present a discussion on immigration reform at the Richard Mauthe Center, located on the campus of UW-Green Bay, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Sr. Melanie’s appearance is part of the center’s “Tuesdays With Mauthe” series.

Citizens participate in a march for immigration rights in Milwaukee. (File photo by Sam Lucero)
Citizens participate in a march for immigration rights in Milwaukee. (File photo by Sam Lucero)

Sr. Melanie is a long-time advocate of social justice, especially on the issue of immigration. Her program will focus on how the Green Bay community is still new at experiencing diversity and can learn how to “do it right.”

Sr. Melanie, who also serves as the executive director of Casa ALBA Melanie, a Hispanic community resource center in downtown Green Bay, says her greatest joy has been found in the past 35 years among the Spanish-speaking community.

According to Sr. Melanie, her work with the Spanish-speaking community has enabled her “to come to know, in very personal ways, the goodness, hopes and dreams of Hispanic families and individuals, as well as the pain, rejection and fear with which so many of them live.”

For the past 50 years, Sr. Melanie has ministered in both the church and community.

She is a member of the Society of Sisters for the Church and has worked as a junior high school teacher, director of parish religious formation for children, diocesan consultant for religious formation and a pastoral associate.

Her work as a pastoral associate at St. Willebrord Parish, along  with Norbertine Fr. Ken De Groot, inspired her to be compassionate and welcoming to all people, regardless of their background.

Tuesdays With Mauthe is an ongoing event at the Mauthe Center held on the first Tuesday of each month throughout the academic year. For the 2013-2014 year, the theme for Tuesdays With Mauthe is “Sisters of Abrahamic Faith.”

The Tuesdays With Mauthe program brings together students and community members to share experiences and create opportunities to build a more peaceful community.

For more information on this year’s events, visit mcenter.org, call the center at (920) 465-1133 or visit the center at 2418 Leon Bond Drive, across from the Kress Events Center.

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