Images & Excerpts from Archbishop Samuel Aquila’s recent lecture on immigration at Regis University. On April 4, Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila visited Regis University to deliver a public address titled “Immigration and the Catholic Worldview.” Aquila opened with a prayer and a salute to Regis for sponsoring such an essential conversation. “I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you, especially to reflect on a very important, and obviously pressing, national issue. Regis University is a Catholic university, and conversations about immigration are exactly the kinds of things that Catholic universities ought to be sponsoring.” At the heart of his lecture, Aquila reflected on three principles of critical importance in the reform of United States immigration policy: economic disparity between nations, the right to security and the priority of the family. On the last principle, he said: “Today, immigrants are too often viewed solely through a financial lens. They are viewed as workers, and reduced merely to their economic potential. They are treated as objects. But immigrants are members of families, and those families are essential to our social order. They have something to contribute to our national order, because they are human beings, endowed with real dignity. Immigrant families have always contributed to the richness of our culture – particularly the richness of American Catholic culture.” Aquila closed his lecture with this compelling statement and call to action: “I began with the story of my own immigrant family. I asked you to recall your own. But I would like to conclude with the story of an immigrant family from long ago – the story of the Holy Family. Mary and Joseph were driven from Bethlehem to Egypt. Herod not respecting human dignity ordered the slaughter of all males under the age of two in Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary fled by night with the child Jesus across a vast desert. It was in Egypt that Christ was raised. Like today’s immigrants, they did not stay forever. They stayed as long as they needed to, and then they returned home. I do not know if Mary and Joseph were welcomed in Egypt. I do not know if they were treated justly. But I do know this: Jesus Christ was an immigrant. If we find ways to welcome the immigrants around us, to respect their dignity and freedom, to treat them with justice – we will have welcomed Jesus Christ, and the Holy Family. We see in the face of every immigrant, and for that matter, in the face of every human being, the face of Christ. Whatever we do for the immigrants among us, we will have done for Christ, Our Lord.” After delivering his speech, Aquila took questions and engaged directly with the Regis University community. President John P. Fitzgibbons thanked the archbishop and led the gathered in a round of applause. Following the event, Aquila continued the conversation with students and other members of the Regis community. Read the entire transcript of Archbishop Aquila’s lecture.