Immigration Working Group

Supporting our dear Immigrant and Refugee Sisters and Brothers

The United States has a long and proud history of welcoming immigrants and sheltering refugees. We, the Sisters of St. Joseph and Consociates, 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. Speak out in support of migrants and advocate today.
  2. Pray for all those who are traveling to the United States seeking asylum including joining us for a special January 11th Peace Prayer at 6:30 PM with reflections and prayers for Immigrants in the CSJ Chapel.
  3. Consider supporting the critical needs of refugees at our southern border through organizations like Annunciation House.
  4. 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.

Recent CSJ Statement on Immigration

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: http://www.cssjfed.org/images/Pdfs/Arriving-Migrants-Statement.pdf

 

Other Recent CSJ Statements and Reflections on Immigration:

 

Current Activities Advocating on Behalf of Our Immigrant Sisters and Brothers

The CSJ Immigration Working Group has been supporting the grassroot efforts of TASHO.  Tasho is a new organization starting in Minneapolis which is focused on reaching out to young immigrants and children of immigrants to help them create a path towards success.  Tasho is developing after-school tutoring programs for 5th through 12th graders in English, math, science, and general homework.  The Immigration Task Group Members have been collaborating with Tasho to recruit volunteers to tutor students after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Recently Task Group members together with three Tasho volunteers attended a volunteer recruitment fair at St. Thomas University.  Learn more about this great tutoring opportunity at www.tashocommunity.org or talk with one of the Immigration Task Group members.


The Immigration Working Group provides opportunities for education, advocacy and action leading to humane and just immigration reform.

Goals:

  • Self-Education: To increase our understanding of current immigration/refugee issues.
  • Community Education: To offer awareness activities for the broader community on current immigration/refugee issues.
  • Advocacy: Seeking opportunities to advocate for immigrants and refugees.
  • Action: To actively partner with other organizations supporting immigrant and refugee communities by participating in meetings, attending vigils, supporting public actions, and being a recognizable presence at immigration events.

For more information contact Marty Roers at mroers@csjstpaul.org.