GSR Today - It's easy to be concerned about the United States' practice of detaining immigrants. It's easy to be upset about imprisoning people fleeing violence and oppression. But even for those of us who are concerned and upset, it is still easy to forget what a profound effect mass detention is having.
"'Love one another as I have loved you.' . . . the love Jesus spoke of went far beyond the law and never came attached to any condition."
Mary McCauley is a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose past ministries include administering at the BVM nursing home and directing health care ministry for an archdiocese. She served as pastoral administrator at three parishes, including St. Bridget's in Postville, a town of 2,200 people in northeast Iowa, where on May 12, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a raid at a meatpacking plant , a moment she says was "transforming."
GSR Today - Publications just love to give readers a summer reading list, but my list is, ahem, slightly different than the usual light beach reading. Here are two very long stories you'll want to sit down and spend time with. And, unlike those beach reads, these may just change your perspective.
On June 15, we gathered at the Cincinnati airport to begin a journey. Our group was comprised of 11 teachers and parish ministers from the Cincinnati archdiocese, traveling together to visit the villages from which our Guatemalan students and parishioners come.
Since November, Congregation of Missionary Servants of Christ the King Srs. Isabel Cortés and María Mercedes Calero have been helping migrants from Cuba and, increasingly, from Africa and Asia, who are getting stuck in Costa Rica without legal paperwork to advance northward toward the United States.
Advocates for immigration reform are dismayed but not surprised that a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court June 23 let stand a lower court ruling blocking a plan to spare some immigrants from deportation.
GSR Today - "Forced to depend for their survival on the people on whose doors they knock, refugees are in a way thrown outside the realm of 'humanity,' as far as it is meant to confer the rights they aren't afforded. And there are millions upon millions of such people inhabiting our shared planet."
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace have long had a concern for immigrants and refugees. In 1881 our founder Margaret Anna Cusack (Mother Clare) wrote to the Irish bishops: "Whatever opinion many of us may have as to the cause of emigration, of the fact there is no question."
Presentation Sr. Corine Murray is the executive director of the Presentation Lantern Center in Dubuque, Iowa, which offers one-on-one tutoring in English to adult students from around the world. Murray, who has served as the center's director for 14 years, recalls learning about slavery and other "affronts to human dignity" as a child and credits her passion for history and Catholic social teaching in helping to form her conscience.
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