For Immediate Release
Sisters of St. Joseph Participate in National Migration Week
January 5-11, 2014
January 5, 2014, the feast of the Epiphany, also begins the Celebration of National Migration Week. This is a week set aside by the United States Catholic bishops over a quarter century ago to provide Catholics with an opportunity to celebrate the wide diversity in the Catholic Church and the contributions of immigrants and refugees.
Ten years ago, bishops of the US and Mexico issued a pastoral letter entitled, “Strangers No Longer Together on the Journey of Hope,” in which they pledged to help newcomers integrate in ways that are respectful, culturally sensitive and responsive to social needs and responsive to the ongoing need for comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.
It is appropriate that this celebration begins on the Feast of the Epiphany, a feast which reminds us that Jesus came not for just one nation, one race, or one people. It reminds us to welcome strangers, for they, too, come bearing gifts and we are enriched by the diversity of these gifts.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston Immigration Committee has suggested ways that we might observe National Migration Week and continue this observance throughout the year. These suggestions will soon be available on the Immigration page of our website.
The theme of National Migration Week 2014 is “Out of the Darkness." Migrants and particularly the most vulnerable migrants: children, the undocumented, refugees, and victims of human trafficking, often find themselves existing in a kind of figurative darkness where their options remain limited and their ability to live out their lives in fullness is severely restricted. Often at risk of violence or exploitation, these vulnerable populations need to be provided the support needed so that they can thrive.
Sisters of St. Joseph and associates believe it is their call as women and men of the Church, rooted in the gospel of Jesus, to bring the light of Christ to these populations, banish the darkness, and help to bring them from the margins of society to its center. Doing so will provide vulnerable migrants with a protected space in which they can flourish as human beings. This requires prayer for those who are marginalized, alongside an active presence in the public square to demand that protections are provided to those who need them most. Won’t you visit our website at www.csjboston.org and stay updated on ways to join us in prayer, fasting, and action on behalf of immigrants during the weeks ahead?
Pictured Above: Rose Canney, CSJ, Boston CSJ Literacy Connection Administrative Assistant, distributes prayer card for National Migration Week to Leanne Nassise, Administrative Secretary.
###The Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston is a Congregation of religious women and vowed and associates who minister in the Greater Boston area and beyond. They trace their roots from LePuy, France (1651), Lyon, France (1807), St. Louis, MO (1836) and arrived in Boston, MA in 1873. They identify with the cries of a world, stunned by violence and seek to reopen communications in divided communities, to search for shared values, and to empower individuals to explore common ground for the healing of humankind. As they celebrate 140 years among the people of Boston, they are committed to daring to continue to dream not just for themselves but for all neighbors in God’s sacred universe.
For more information visit www.csjboston.org
Helen Sullivan, CSJ, Director of Office of Justice and Peace, 617.746.2102, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Gallagher, CSJ, Director of Communications, 617.746.2110, email@example.com