Barbara Fraser served as a lay missioner in Peru.
Maryknoll missioners have worked with migrants and people on the move for decades. They have served Burmese refugees in Thailand, Thai workers all over Asia, Burundian and Rwandan refugees in East Africa, and have accompanied Guatemalans, who, after years in Mexico, returned home to start anew in a more peaceful country. Our faith compels us to stand in solidarity with migrants.
Here in the United States, we are profoundly affected by the contribution of migrants in our society, and we have a responsibility to treat them, like all the rest of God’s creation, with dignity and respect.
In early November 2013, a large coalition of immigration activists started a rolling fast, hoping to follow the examples of Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi to touch the compassion and sensibilities of our elected leaders to address the moral crisis of an immigration system that fails to comport with our national values, our creeds and belief in justice.
November 13, the feast of St. Frances Cabrini, will be the date of a national call-in day to the U.S. Congress, urging them to take action for just and humane immigration reform.
Nationwide events starting on October 5 will culminate in a rally in Washington, D.C. on October 8, calling for dignity and respect for immigrants.
Written by Gabriela Romeri (writer/editor with Revista Maryknoll), Chelsey Clammer and Rae Bryant, and published originally on The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review website.
People of faith across the country will engage in constant prayer, fasting and expansive action for 40 days starting when Congress returns from recess on September 9 and lasting until October 18.
Interfaith Immigration Coalition Grassroots Webinar: Fast Action for Immigration Reform Initiative
Monday, July 29, 4 pm (Eastern)
Attend the July 24 briefing on immigration presented by Nuns on the Bus.
Nuns on the Bus will hold a Congressional briefing on immigration on July 24 -- urge your member of Congress to attend.
Fr. John Northrup wrote this reflection in 2010; it is also published in A Maryknoll Liturgical Year (Year C), available from Orbis Books.
On June 27, the U.S. Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.
- Border Action Network
- Christian Campaign for Immigration Reform
- Forced Migration Online
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Human Trafficking
- Franciscans International's Handbook on Migrant Workers
- Humane Borders
- International Organization for Migration
- Justice for Immigrants
- Migration Information Source
- Migration Policy Institute
- No More Deaths campaign
- Refugees International
- U.S. Catholic bishops and immigration: A chronology
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants