Dear Friends of Nazareth:
We believe President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) harms the immigrant families and communities that the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth have served and continue to serve. As CSFNs, we are called to create communities of love and hope which celebrate the oneness of the human family. We do that by modeling our lives on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and extending the Kingdom of God’s love among ourselves and others.
From the moment the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth arrived in the U.S. on July 4, 1885, we have served, taught and cared for immigrant children and their families. Today, we continue to minister to families, regardless of immigration status, in language centers, in detention centers, in our social service work and in our education and health care ministries. By accompanying families through the successes and challenges of their daily lives, we see, first hand, the devastating impact fear and separation causes when families are torn apart by senseless deportations.
The children who arrived in the U.S. with their families brought with them many hopes and dreams for a brighter future. They often have endured extreme danger and difficulty in their journeys. With courage, perseverance and diligence, they have faced many injustices as they’ve sought a better life. Now, more than ever, these Dreamers need our prayers and our support.
Along with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth urge our U.S. legislators to pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 to preserve the dignity of each human, to protect those who are most vulnerable and to help build communities where family life is cherished.
We invite you to read LCWR’s statement here and Cardinal Cupich’s statement here. We also urge you to pray with us for immigrants and for our nation’s leaders that they may come together in love, in hope and in the unity of the Holy Family.
In the Holy Family,
Sister Barbara Jean Wojnicki, CSFN, Provincial Superior