"Immigration" will be the topic of the final First Friday Lecture in the current series at St. Luke Church this week.

Sister Arlene Flaherty, O.P., the director of the Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation for the Atlantic-Midwest Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, will be the speaker for the 7:30 p.m. Friday program. The free lecture will be preceded by a 7 p.m. reception at the church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North.

Flaherty, a Dominican nun, holds a doctorate in ministry as well as a master's degrees in scripture and theology.

According to publicity for the lecture, she documented the impact of sanctions on Iraqi children. On behalf of the Dominican Order and co-sponsoring religious congregations, she presented those findings to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, Switzerland, where she called for an end to the sanctions and war on the basis that the effects of these were in clear violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, the program organizers said.

Flaherty has also worked in Syria and Lebanon, focusing on refugees displaced by war. She has served as the director of the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace in Greenwich Village and, from 2005 to 2013, worked as the justice and peace promoter for Catholic Relief Services.

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