|Bishop Latino in the Saltillo Mission (Mexico)|
Fast days are important and should be observed by the faithful. Fasting requires those 14 years old and up to the age of 65 to have one simple meal during the day and may take some food (not a meal) in the morning and evening. The fasting asks that one refrain from any meat or poultry.
Although participating in the fast is voluntary, it is a rarity that a Bishop would declare a fast.
The Bishop has not declared a fast for the diocese in the history of his episcopacy. The issue of immigration has been incredibly important to him and he has encouraged protests, letter campaigns, activism and other means in the cause of civil rights and social justice. So in declaring a fast, he highlights the importance of this issue for everyone in the Church and the urgency of this social concern.
The Bishop says:
"I ask all Catholics in the diocese to observe this day through communal prayer, personal reflection, fasting and acts of charity." The entire statement can be read here.