The United States has a long and proud history of welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees. We Sisters of St. Joseph live and work that all may be one — one with God, with one another, and all creation — and welcome the ‘dear neighbor’ without exception. We have been blessed to be able to accompany and serve migrant communities across this country, and we will continue to welcome them as our faith requires.

Actions we can take:

  1. Tell Congress to stop funding hate at our borders here:
  2. Speak out against family detention here:
  3. Show your support of migrants and immigrants on social media.
  4. Vote for candidates in the midterm elections who believe in the just and humane treatment of ALL immigrants.
  5. Pray for all those who are traveling to the United States seeking asylum.
  6. Consider supporting the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon/Province of Mexico minister in the “Albergue Decanal Guadalupano” in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, a shelter for migrants sponsored by the diocese and staffed by our Sisters, lay partners and volunteers. You can donate directly through: or send checks to: Sisters of St. Joseph, 80 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901. Please put ‘Mexico’ in the note. The CSJs of Lyon in Maine will see to it that these funds get to their Sisters in Mexico.
  7. Join Immigration Working Group Members at an upcoming morning ICOM Prayer Vigil at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building the second Tuesday of every month.

For information on immigration issues and to join our work, visit our Immigration Working Group webpage.

The US Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph has released a public statement, welcoming and calling for humane treatment of arriving migrants. Read the full statement here:

November 1st, 2018