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Justice and Peace

The pursuit of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) is one of the chief priorities of the Holy Name Province and flows naturally from the life of St. Francis and the Franciscan movement that he inspired in pursuit of the Gospel Life.


Preaching and Acting for the DREAMERS

One of the areas that has been an on-going focus of the Province is support of our immigrant sisters and brothers. Currently, we have the opportunity to work to protect those immigrants often referred to as DREAMERS–undocumented persons who were brought to the U.S. and grew up here from a young age.

Under the presidency of Barack Obama, the DREAMERS received some level of protection for their status through an executive order referred to as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).  DACA enabled these young people to share their gifts with the nation. During the 2016 Election Campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump stated he would repeal the DACA order, thus making it likely that DREAMERS would be deported.

To date, President Trump has not repealed DACA, but he could.  Members of Congress from both political parties have prepared for this possibility by putting together a bill that would provide protection to the DREAMERS in the form of the BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act, S. 128/H.R. 496.

The JPIC Directorate and JPIC Office encourage all ministries to preach about and advocate for the DREAMERS on the March 25-26, 2017 weekend.  Materials to support this effort follow:

Bulletin Announcement – to promote advocacy:  The JPIC Directorate of Holy Name Province encourages action in support of the DREAMERS, undocumented persons who were brought to the U.S. and raised here from a young age.  Contact your members of Congress through the U.S. Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign:

Homily Help: The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) offers a homily suggestion prepared  by Jacek Orzechowski, OFM.

Video story from PBS NewsHour, that features the voices of DREAMERS, on the potential for DACA repeal and the damage it could cause.

Stories from Immigrants, as told by a Silver Spring, MD social worker who counsels many immigrants from Central America. Think about contacting your local Catholic Charities office to learn stories about immigrants in your community.

Please consider what you can do in your ministry to support this effort.  Thank you.

Our Initiatives

Learn about the major Holy Name Province JPIC initiatives which develop from Chapter discussions and in response to the significant issues affecting our ministries.