Immigrants & Refugees

BANNER FINAL W WORDS DOUBLE (2) croppedEvery six years we, the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, hold an extended meeting known as a General Chapter.  The purpose of the Chapter is to elect leadership and to set direction for the next six-year period.   The most recent Chapter was held in March-April 2016, and it identified priorities for 2016-2022.  The Future Direction Statement  from the 2016 Chapter called us “to take bold action.” 

Following the Chapter, the Sisters and Partners in Mission continued in conversation to determine what this bold action might be.  We surfaced fourteen possible areas for action and, after much prayer, research and discussion, we decided to make immigrants and refugees the focal point of our efforts.  These efforts will include accompaniment, advocacy, education and prayer.

Among those whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers,
I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. – 
Pope Francis, Message for 51st World Day of Peace, January 2018

Sr. Ellen Orf’s Immigrant story and reflection questions

American Immigration Council Fact sheets

Journeys to Citizenship article
Journey to Citizenship reflection sheet

LCWR Resolution to Action- Winter 2019
Fr. James Martin, SJ-Why is the U.S. Tear-gassing Migrants?

Bold Action Advent Reflection & VIDEO

LCWR Statement on Refugee Caravan

LCWR Global Concerns Committee Resolution to Action, “A Crucial Midterm Pivot”

LCWR statement on Public Charge
LCWR Statement in Regards to Terminating TPS for Honduans
The Immigration History of the United States
Corporate Stance On Immigration Reform
LCWR Statement on Dream Act 2017
LCWR Statement – Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador

Upcoming Events:

St. Louis’ Immigration Heritage on February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM at the Kirkwood Public Library, 140 East Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, MO 63122.

In 1850, St. Louis was the eighth largest US city with a population that was 50% foreign-born. German and Irish immigrants were among our largest communities. Today, our region is 21st and our foreign-born population is less than 5%. Our immigrant communities now boast hundreds of ethnicities and countries with Mexican, Chinese and Bosnian groups among the largest. How has our changing immigrant representation strengthened our regional economy and also led to a rich tapestry of arts and culture? Presenter: Anna Crosslin, President & CEO of the International Institute of St. Louis. Programs is free and open to the public.



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