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Immigration Efforts

Holy Name Province has placed among its top priorities immigration, one of the most complex and controversial issues of our day. In Chapter 2011 the Province formalized its commitment by passing the following statement:

“The Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor, as a corporate entity as well as through our local communities and ministries, make clear our support for and defense of documented and undocumented immigrants to the United States.”

Our ministries in many locations have taken up efforts to “meet and welcome the stranger.” Peruse the educational and formative programs, advocacy efforts and direct service work going on in our local communities. Consider taking on a similar effort, or think about what else our ministries might do to show solidarity with this marginalized group.

To add to the list, contact Fran Eskin-Royer in Holy Name Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Education

educationEfforts that form and inform us to better address the needs of people and/or creation


BORDER AWARENESS EXPERIENCE

Loudonville, N.Y.     
The school’s Sr. Thea Bowman Center for Women sponsors an annual Border Awareness Experience in Anthony, New Mexico.
 

EDUCATION AIMED AT RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS AND PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT IN INITIATIVES THAT PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS

New York City
Ongoing effort


CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING – ONE-DAY RETREATS – IMMIGRATION FOCUS

Stoneville, N.C.
Immigration-focused retreat held September 17, 2011.
Contact:  Cosmas Robless
 

IMMIGRATION EDUCATION 

Wilmington, Del.
The parish periodically offers information sessions on immigration issues affecting the community.  As an example, on Sat. Jan. 10, 2015 the parish offered a session on the recent Executive Order of Immigration.
Contact:  Alicia Dominguez  

IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE

Triangle, Va.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish has a long history of advocating for immigrants. Most recently, the community conducted USCCB/Justice for Immigrants card-signings for the Senate and House. They hosted an awareness weekend on immigration reform that included guest speakers and immigration attorneys, the distribution of handouts and resources, and more. They took part in the National Immigration Rally in Washington, D.C. and participated in special Masses. 
Contact:   Rob Goraieb, OFS 

INFORMATION SESSION ON CATHOLIC CHURCH’S POSITION ON IMMIGRATION

Anderson, S.C.
The presentation, based  on “Strangers No More,” the joint pastoral letter of January 2003, was made at the parish four times.
Contact: Leo Marsden

JUSTFAITH – CROSSING BORDERS

Triangle, Va.
Offered in 2010.
Contact:   Rob Goraieb, OFS
 

 

CROSSING BORDERS: MIGRATION, THEOLOGY, AND
THE HUMAN JOURNEY

St. Camillus Parish
Silver Spring, Md.
This JustFaith module provides participants with a chance to find out about the Church’s position today on the complex and often divisive issue of immigration and to find common ground with people of different political persuasions. The course consists of eight 2½-hour sessions to allow the participants to engage in dialogue.

This 8-week module was offered at St. Camillus Church Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the St. Francis Room, from September 21, 2011 through November 9, 2011. The group was limited to 12 persons seriously committed to attending all 8 weeks. Books are in English so it is necessary to be fluent in English to participate. The cost of the books is $50.00. PRE-REGISTRATION is required so that books can be ordered in advance of the first session.
Contact:  Karen Simon

 

Advocacy

advocacyEfforts that use community organizing and/or dialogue with local and national officials to address the needs of people and/or creation


COMMITTEE FOR IMMIGRATION JUSTICE

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Raleigh, N.C.
This group educates and advocates for positive immigration reform at the federal and state levels. 
Contact: Trevor Thompson  


COMMUNITY EXCHANGES WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

Durham, N.C.
Ongoing efforts to promote just treatment of immigrants.
Contact: Fr. Bill McIntyre, OFM 
 

GARNERED PARISH SUPPORT FOR PASSAGE OF THE MARYLAND DREAM ACT

St. Camillus Parish 
Silver Spring, Md.
Working closely with Casa of MD to mobilize parishioners, over 200 people made phone calls to their elected officials and over 90 Latinos participated in the Advocacy Night in Annapolis in early 2011. Efforts resulted in the approval of the MD DREAM Act by the Maryland General Assembly. 
Contact: Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM 
 

MONITORING OF IMMIGRATION ISSUES AT THE STATE LEVEL

Durham, N.C.
Ongoing effort
Contact: Fr. Chris VanHaight , OFM 
 

ORGANIZED LETTER-WRITING CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF
THE DREAM ACT AND HOSTED DREAM WALKERS

Triangle, Va.
Held in 2010
 

PARTICIPATED IN LOCAL MARCH FOR IMMIGRATION RIGHTS
AS PART OF STATE-WIDE DAY OF ACTION

St. Bonaventure Parish 
Paterson, N.J.
July 2010. Planned by Coalition of Hispanic-American Organizations and Associations of Passaic County, the march’s theme was "Let My People Go." Effort publicized as a front page story of The Herald News (July 2, 2010) and features a front-page photo of St. Bonaventure Church staff members.
Contact: Sr. Jean Amore, SMIC 
 

PETITIONED CONGRESS ON PASSAGE OF THE DREAM ACT

Anderson, S.C.
Nov. 2010
Contact:  Leo Marsden
  

PROVIDING SOLIDARITY AND ADVOCACY AIMED AT PROTECTING AND PROMOTING THE RIGHTS AND WELFARE OF IMMIGRANTS

The Migrant Center at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi
New York City
Ongoing effort
Contact: Fr. Julian Jagudilla, OFM


VIRGINIANS ORGANIZED FOR INTERFAITH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (VOICE)

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Triangle, Va.
Founded in 2008, VOICE is a non-partisan coalition of almost 50 Northern Virginia faith communities and civic organizations working together in middle and low-income areas of the state. VOICE organizes in Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington counties, as well as in the City of Alexandria. The independent organization unites people across lines of race, class, religion, political party, and geography to take action on key community issues, including, but not limited to, affordable housing, access to health and dental care, and immigration. St. Francis of Assisi Parish has actively participated in VOICE since its inception, and is one of the founding member congregations.
Contact: Rob Goraieb, OFS 


VOICING OPPOSITION TO SEVERAL 2011 ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILLS

Anderson, S.C.
The parish sent a letter to the bishop of the Archdiocese of Charleston voicing opposition to several 2011 anti-immigration bills moving through the state senate.  The Bishop used St. Mary of the Angel’s letter as a basis for a diocesan communication to all parishes.
Contact: Nanette Perron, OFS

Direct Service

serviceEfforts that work to address the immediate needs of people and/or creation


HOSTED IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY TO PRESENT “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” TO HISPANIC PARISHIONERS

Anderson, S.C.
Oct. 2010. Also provided cards to remind Hispanic parishioners of their right to remain silent and the need for warrants for legal home searches.
Contact: Nanette Perron, OFS
 

IMMIGRATION INFORMATION SERVICE: ASSISTING IMMIGRANTS WITH THEIR LEGAL NEEDS

 

IMMIGRATION-RELATED RESPONSES

Immaculate Conception Parish 
Durham, N.C.
The parish works to provide emergency responses for immigrant families when there have been raids at local factories, and other direct services as needed (e.g., when someone is stopped for driving without a license, the parish tries to organize a small team of volunteers to go pick up the car from the side of the road).
Contact: Fr. Bill McIntyre, OFM


 MIGRANT MINISTRY

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Raleigh, N.C.
The ministry serves migrant brothers and sisters who labor in the fields and farms of North Carolina from May through October.  Parishioners drive to migrant farm worker camps, pick up workers, and drive them to Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Louisburg, N.C., on Sundays during summer. The ministry also provides and serves a hot dinner to seasonal farm workers and their families once a month in June, July, August and September.
Contact: Trevor Thompson


 ONGOING WORK TO SUPPORT THE PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES IN THE PARISH

Immaculate Conception Parish
Durham, N.C.
These efforts include ESL classes, parenting programs, emergency financial assistance, food assistance and the typical spiritual and educational opportunities in Spanish (e.g., prayer groups, bible studies, music groups, Stations, special liturgies).
Contacts: Fr. Bill McIntyre, OFM and Katushka Olave

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Long Beach Township, N.J.
The St. Francis of Assisi Community Center provides support to immigrant families in the area.  ESL classes, subsidized child care, in-home parenting programs and outreach through the food bank and other assistance programs are ongoing.  Sacramental preparation is offered in Spanish.  In addition, all are welcome to participate in bi-monthly Spanish liturgies.
Contact: Sr. Patricia Klemm, OSF


OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OUTREACH/MINISTRY TO IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Raleigh, N.C. 
Working closely with the neighboring Our Lady of the Rosary Church, this coalition helps to provide those in need in Louisburg, N.C. with food, educational opportunities and fellowship. 
Contact: Trevor Thompson 


 RELOCATION MINISTRY/MIGRATION RELIEF SERVICES

St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Triangle, Va.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish supports Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services through financial assistance and donations of goods to help resettle families as the need arises.
Contact: Rob Goraieb, OFS