From the Border to Your Backyard

FROM THE BORDER TO YOUR BACKYARD: A Catholic Response to the Immigration & Healthcare Crises

Join us on Saturday, September 28 from 9am-12pm as we take a closer look at public policy and Church teaching on social justice regarding immigration and healthcare for the poor. This is a can't miss event for EVERY Catholic American.

See below for a full schedule of events:

8:00am-You're invited to join us for Mass in the Main Church

8:30am-From the Main Church, we will walk over to the multi-purpose room (MPR) for a light breakfast (juice, coffee, pastries, etc).

9am-Welcome by Fr. Molini (Pastor of Ascension Catholic Church)

9:15am-Speaker #1 Marie Kenyon Topic: Catholic teaching on Social Justice

9:45am-Speaker #2 Kristine Walentik Topic: Immigration


10:45am-Speaker #3 Tamara Kenny Topic: Public policy & healthcare for the poor


Meet the Speakers

Marie Kenyon

Director of the Peace & Justice Commission for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Marie received her undergraduate degree at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. After college, she joined the Peace Corps for two years and served in West Africa. She then attended law school at St. Louis University. While in law school, she worked in the public defender's office and legal services. The year after her graduation, she was hired to start The Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, a project of Catholic Charities. She has always been interested in working with the poor; it is her passion and what she feels called to do.

Kristine Walentik

Immigration Attorney for St. Francis Community Services Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry

Kristine is an immigration attorney with St. Francis Community Services Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry.  She works primarily with those in removal proceedings, including asylum seekers, DACA recipients, and children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.  

Tamara Kenny

Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement for Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Tamara, is an attorney with a master's degree in social work, particularly passionate about advocating for constructive mental health policy. She is a member of the advocacy committee for NAMI – St. Louis and of the Protection and Advocacy for Adults with Mental Illness advisory council for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, as well as co-chair for the Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project sustainability committee. Tamara is also mother to an adult son who lives with a serious mental illness.

About the Location: Ascension Catholic Church

230 Santa Maria Drive Chesterfield, MO 63005

Multipurpose Room


Please click here for directions.



This event is sponsored by the Ascension St. Vincent dePaul Society


For questions, please contact Deacon John Marino at [email protected] or 314-422-4431