Who We Are:
The IMMIGRATION WORKING GROUP is part of the Justice and Peace Network of the Congregation. The members are sisters and cojourners from Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas.
What We Do:
Guided by the Directional Statement of the Congregation we work to overcome injustices in the immigration system “by studying, analyzing, and acting on issues that lead to systemic change” as well as by participating in direct actions that aid our immigrant brothers and sisters.
We sponsor and help organize conferences and presentations to educate ourselves and the public on current issues related to immigration.
We hold monthly conference calls to stay abreast of federal and local issues and to plan actions related to them. We collaborate with other groups who are working on behalf of the immigrant population
Examples of Ministry:
EDUCATING: S. Ruth Snyder recently was invited to speak about immigration to the 7th and 8th graders at Holy Spirit School in Rochester.
ADVOCATING: All members write, call or e-mail their legislators whenever a current situation involving immigration, such as the Dream Act, is before congress and encourage others to do so.
ACCOMPANYING: In El Paso, Texas, S. Mary Kay Mahowald ministers at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, a non-profit agency providing low cost legal services to persons seeking representation. As “detention center intake specialist” she responds to calls and letters from persons needing assistance.
COLLABORATING: Our congregation, in response to our request, has been declared a Sanctuary Support Group. Ss. Pat Himmer and Lois Knipp, attend monthly meetings on sanctuary in order to be prepared to offer support to churches in Rochester who have declared themselves sanctuary congregations.
PRAYING: Together with other members of the Interfaith Immigration Rights Coalition in Rochester Ss. Pat Himmer, Lois Knipp and Ruth Snyder helped plan a Prayer Service for Immigrants. It was held in the Lourdes Chapel on May 6, 2018.
Please pray with us:
Lord Jesus, teach us to welcome the strangers among us- the immigrants, refugees, people on the move—all sisters and brothers on the journey. We ask that you protect them and provide them a place of safety and a future full of hope. Open our eyes to see their needs and give us the resolve to act as you would act. Amen.