Brighton, MA (09/21/13) On Saturday, September 21, a day of prayer, fasting, advocacy took place at the Motherhouse Chapel of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 637 Cambridge St. Brighton, MA. Several dozen sisters, associates, and friends joined with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious [LCWR] and the U.S. Catholic Bishops [USCCB] during this pivotal moment for comprehensive immigration reform. As women of the Church rooted in the Gospel whose mission is to deepen relationships with God and neighbor without distinction, the Sisters of St. Joseph joined in this day of prayer, fasting, and advocacy to transform our hearts and our immigration system.
This event was part of a 40-day nationwide initiative by people of faith who believe in engaging communities in prayerful action in solidarity with those whose lives are directly impacted by our unjust immigration policies and who will be most impacted by reforms being considered by policy makers. These faith-based groups seek immigration reform that reflects the best of our nation’s values and helps to build stronger, more welcoming communities.
The day began and ended with prayer in the Motherhouse Chapel. In the interim, participants took turns standing outside the Motherhouse holding signs advocating for just immigration reform. Passersby waved and sounded their horns in affirmation of this public witness. Pedestrians stopped to talk and learn more.
This nationwide event began on September 9, when Congress returned from recess and lasts until October 18. Individuals, congregations, and study groups sign up to participate in the fasting at http://www.fastaction.us.
This action also echoes the conviction of the U.S. Catholic bishops that now is the time to pass just and compassionate immigration reform. The bishops urge the 113th Congress to immigration reform that
- Provides a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country;
- Preserves family unity as a corner-stone of our national immigration system;
- Provides legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States;
- Restores due process protections to our immigration enforcement policies;
- Addresses the root causes (push factors) of migration, such as persecution and economic disparity.
To learn more about visit: http://www.justiceforimmigrants.org/